Bexley race to benefit Autism Speaks, JCC, rec and parks | #specialneeds | #kids

After lifelong Bexley resident and running enthusiast Craig Kleiman died on his 40th birthday Dec. 19, 2019, his parents, Marc and Arlene Kleiman, and sister Kara Hiller started a charity race in his honor.

The third annual Craig Kleiman 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 5.  

“He loved to run. He ran in marathons, half-marathons, quarter-marathons, and all of the charitable 5Ks in the community for years,” Arlene Kleiman said.

After Craig died, “we started talking about the idea of a run, because that would be something that would be very meaningful to him,” she said. “He’d be very proud to be remembered and honored in that way, we believe, and would be supporting causes that he supported strongly.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the central Ohio chapter of Autism Speaks to support the organization’s advocacy efforts with local service providers and treatment networks; the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus to support its summer camp and year-round inclusion programming for children with special needs; and the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department’s communications initiatives at the pool, including the addition of a digital clock.

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