Christopher Heel grabs a sweet treat following the Sea of Blue Autism Awareness 5K Saturday morning in Northeast Harbor. Heel founded the race in 2014 for his Mount Desert Island High School senior project, and it has grown into an annual event ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Carbonella wins Sea of Blue 5K



MOUNT DESERT — Some 80 runners and dozens of walkers participated in the fourth-annual Sea of Blue Autism Awareness Walk and 5K held in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, April 29.

What started out as a senior exhibition project for Mount Desert Island High School alum Chris Heel has become an annual event for area runners and walkers who want to race for a good cause.

Mr. Wilson, at left, and his human Tina Chadbourne came out for the Sea of Blue Autism Awareness Walk and 5K and festivities. ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Greg Carbonella of Biddeford came in first place in the 5K with a time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds, followed by Peter Williams in 19:33. Shannon Smith was the first female finisher and 15th overall in 22:59, followed by Laura Anderson, who was second for the women and 16th overall in 23:02, along with her dog Buckwheat.

For the first time, dogs were welcome in the event, and so many had their furry friends decked out in blue bandanas and T-shirts.

Following the race, runners cooled off with some free ice cream donated by Darling’s as well as a silent auction and prize drawing in the Neighborhood House.

Proceeds from the race this year will go towards Downeast Horizons and Special Children’s Friends.

 Sea of Blue 5K

Place, Name, Time

  1. Greg Carbonella 19:17
  2. Peter Williams 19:33
  3. Frank King III 19:55
  4. Chris Holt 19:55
  5. Kris Garcia 20:10
  6. Tobin Peacock 20:28
  7. Evan Merchant 20:36
  8. Stanley Grierson 20:52
  9. Stephen Whalen 21:11
  10. Rudy Kelley 21:41
  11. Zachary Gilhooley 21:51
  12. Andre Jacques 21:54
  13. Andrew Kephart 22:37
  14. Cody Parker 22:58
  15. Shannon Smith 22:59
  16. Laura Anderson 23:02
  17. Halley Facciolol 23:08
  18. Tony Santiago 23:29
  19. James Kearns 23:50
  20. Evan Strout 23:59
  21. Spencer Grierson 24:02
  22. Scott Strout 24:03
  23. Brian Henkel 24:09
  24. Christopher Heel 24:12
  25. Lisa Tweedie 24:30
  26. Thomas Murphy 24:39
  27. Lisa Kearns 24:44
  28. Steve Sullivan 25:03
  29. Michele Gagnon 25:07
  30. Tom Kirby 25:17
  31. Ashley Santerre 25:26
  32. Jean Johnson 25:42
  33. Olivia Johnson 25:42
  34. Michael Stanwood 26:32
  35. Dave Lebel 26:37
  36. Karen Roper 26:45
  37. Jennifer Brodie 26:51
  38. Tonya Worcester 27:35
  39. Vincent Reyes 27:45
  40. Jennifer Sargent 27:51
  41. Tara Skeate 28:26
  42. Bailey Bishoff 28:29
  43. Tamera Murphy 28:54
  44. Logan Hoover 29:03
  45. Michele Wagstaff 29:31
  46. Chalsi Bunnell 29:44
  47. Rebecca Mantell 30:05
  48. Elissa Chesler 30:13
  49. Marion Frehill 30:21
  50. Lynda Kane 31:02

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