The annual Heroes of Hope Race at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey Nov. 6 raised over $115,000 for brain tumor research.
More than half of the 1,300 registered runners participated, including many impacted by brain tumors, brain tumor survivors, radio personality Josefa Salinas – event host – and representatives of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Also in attendance were two families from Manhattan Beach who have had loved ones with brain tumors.
Marina del Rey resident Jerry Daniels, 72, ran with two race bibs and timing chips, one for himself and one in memory of Eleanor Mondale, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 51 in September. Mondale was the daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale and worked for the E! Entertainment network during her journalism career.
“I want Ms. Mondale to have a time in the finish line results,” said Daniels, explaining why he ran with two race bibs.
Daniels’ time of 31:33 in the 5K race, awarded in memory of Mondale, resulted in a sixth-place finish for her age division, a race spokesperson noted.
The $115,000 raised at the event will be donated to UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for pediatric and adult brain tumor research.