Batavia resident Dave Chua -- pictured with his son, Kian -- is set to lead the Next Level Running Team, which will compete in the Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K on Saturday.
Chua formed this team recently with the help of a friend. He was inspired to do so by his son, who has Autism.
The objective of Next Level is to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research. Chua's support of this organization is founded upon his desire to promote "practical research that will open avenues to fuller, more complete lives for those diagnosed with Autism."
Next Level runners are eligible for a variety of gifts and prizes donated by area businesses. These include sunglasses, water bottles, a recliner, a spa treatment, and more.
"In the meantime," Chua says, "our runners will be benefitting from the experience and insight of other runners."
In addition to running in the 5K race on Saturday, Chua is going to represent the team by running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7. If you wish to support him in either of these events, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/davidchua1.
Local sponsors of Next Level include the following:
The Legend Group
The Spa at Artemis
Blue Pearl Yoga
PK T shop
Lawley Genesee Insurance
Max Pies Furniture
South Beach Restaurant
The Daily Grind Coffee Shop
Photo submitted by Dave Chua