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Please join us on Labor Day weekend (September 4 -7) for the first annual Craig Kleiman 5K Run/Walk in memory of our son Craig, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 19, 2019 - his 40th birthday. Proceeds from the race will benefit Autism Speaks, which was Craig’s favorite charity. The race this year will be a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will “go live” on Labor Day, 2021, conditions permitting.
All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Those registered by August 20th with receive race materials prior to Labor Day weekend. Those registering August 21st or beyond will have their materials mailed after the event is complete. We anticipate that the final shipping will go out on or about September 14.
Craig was a lifelong resident of Bexley and a fixture in the community. He graduated from Bexley High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ohio Dominican University. Craig developed many lasting friendships in the community through his volunteer work, religious school teaching, and participation in JCC and Bexley Parks and Recreation sports. For many years Craig served as a volunteer at Grant Hospital and also as an assistant track coach for the Special Olympics. During his celebration of life ceremony at Temple Beth Shalom, many of his friends shared their fond recollections of Craig: He was smart, funny, personable, a dedicated, caring teacher, passionate runner, and a loyal friend. Craig also lived with the challenges of a non-verbal learning disability-now considered by some to be a form of high functioning autism. He faced those challenges every day with resilience and an iron-willed determination to be successful, work hard, and never give up on his goals.
Craig’s defining passions were his work as a teacher’s assistant for children with autism and other special needs and his commitment to competitive running. He was a serious and disciplined runner. He ran 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons. No race was too difficult. No race was left unfinished, ever. For more than 20 years, he trained on the streets of North Bexley and on the track at the JCC. His early morning or late afternoon training runs became fixtures to many North Bexley residents. He enjoyed chatting with other runners about their training techniques. Being a serious and competitive runner was a major aspect of Craig’s life that gave him great purpose, passion, and pride.
Craig’s other defining passion was his work as an assistant teacher. Because of his own challenges, Craig had a unique insight into the obstacles faced by young children with autism and a greater understanding of how to implement effective educational interventions. He received numerous accolades from parents and colleagues for his patience, devotion, and success in working with special needs children. But his greatest rewards came from interacting effectively with his students and from watching their progress. Craig was a strong supporter of Autism Speaks and its goals of promoting early screening and effective interventions for children with autism.
We can think of no better way to honor Craig than by establishing the annual Craig Kleiman 5k Run/Walk to benefit children with autism and other special needs. So please join us, from wherever you are, for Craig’s virtual 5K run/walk over Labor Day weekend. For those of you who knew Craig, we hope that a fond memory of him will make you smile as you run or walk. And for those who didn’t know Craig well, please accept our thanks for taking the time to reflect on a life lived with passion and commitment. May Craig’s memory be a blessing.
Marc and Arlene Kleiman
We may be socially distant, but we can all share these miles in solidarity and carry on the memory of Craig. The steps are simple:
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