Off & Running

Bethesda Magazine

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Bethesda MagazineExcerpt: “…Now, as Pereles prepares for its 16th running, the 5K has become a yearly affair in Potomac, involving thousands Autism Speaks 5K founder Susan Pereles of runners and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars every July 4….Steve Kirstein of Potomac became involved in the event shortly after his son, Richard, was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. A principal at the construction firm BOWA, Kirstein has recruited many of his co-workers to participate, and the company has served as a presenting sponsor for the last four years, donating $10,000 each year…Kirstein’s family usually travels to Dewey Beach for the Fourth of July, and in recent years they’ve started a tradition of organizing a July 4 run on the beach. Last year, more than 50 friends and family members joined them. Says Kirstein: “It’s really a central event every summer for our family.”

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