Local Boilermaker racer receives racing wheelchair

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local man cashed in on his reward, Wednesday, after completing a Boilermaker challenge last summer.

Lay Aung, who competed in the 2013 Boilermaker Wheelchair Challenge, received his brand new racing chair at Sitrin, after completing last summer's race in under the 2 hour and 15 minute limit.

Aung surpassed that time by far, finishing in just an hour and 23 minutes.

The racing chair he received is expected to shave 20 minutes off his racing time in the future.

"Lay is a man of few words, but you can tell from the smiles as he crosses the finish line, he relishes the opportunity to compete," said Marc DePerno of Sitrin Stars. "So this chair and the opportunity to compete in the Boilermaker is something you can't express in words how important it is for someone like Lay."

Aung, a native of Burma, came to Utica after 15 years spent in a Thailand refugee camp.

He lost his ability to walk at the young age of two, and was diagnosed with polio upon his arrival in the U.S. In 2010.

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