MOUNT DESERT — As part of his Senior Exhibition project at Mount Desert Island High School last spring, Chris Heel decided to organize an autism awareness walk in Northeast Harbor. More than 150 people turned out for the walk. Heel, who has autism, and his family were inspired to see the sea of blue T-shirts walking to support autism awareness in his hometown.
The event raised over $3,000 for the Autism Society of Maine. “See you all in 2015!” Heel told them at the conclusion of the event.
Hoping to bring even more participants to this year’s event, he decided to add a 5K race.
The Second Annual Walk and 5K for Autism in Northeast Harbor will take place on Saturday, May 2. This year, the 5K race is part of the Eden Athletics Jack Russell’s Steakhouse Point Series.
The cost is $10 for walkers and $15 for runners. Registration begins at the Neighborhood House at 8 a.m. The two-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. The first 50 walkers and first 50 runners will receive Austism Awareness T-shirts.
Preregistration is encouraged. Forms are available at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, the Harbor House and the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth. Online registration is available at racewire.com. Information about the event is on a Facebook page called “Sea of Blue.”
Proceeds will help fund Autism Society of Maine’s programs, which support Maine families. Sponsors include Darling’s, Curtis Shoe and Cadillac Mountain Sports.