Today, April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day... It's why I wore blue today. This month is National Autism Awareness Month, and on April 27th, the 6th Annual Sea of Blue Autism Walk and 5K will take place in Northeast Harbor.

Photo Chris Popper

Christopher Heel began the Sea of Blue Autism Walk for his senior exhibition project at MDI High School to help raise autism awareness in the Downeast  community. It has now turned into an annual event, drawing participants from all over eastern Maine.

2014’s walk raised over $3000.00 for the Autism Society of Maine. In 2015, Christopher, who is an avid runner, decided to add a 5k run to the event and with the help of a growing list of sponsors and a great turnout raised over $6000.00 for the Autism Society of Maine. As a result, Christopher, who himself has autism, was recognized with an award at the Autism Society’s annual meeting that year. The event in 2016 saw an even larger turnout with a total of 7500.00 being donated to the Autism Society of Maine, Downeast Horizons and Special Children’s Friends.

The 2019 Walk Run begins at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. Registration on April 27th begins at 8AM but you can preregister by filling out the form HERE. You can pay and register online or make donations by going to the Sea of Blue Autism Website. The 2 Mile Walk begins at 9:30 and the 5K Race and Dog Run starts at 10AM. Entrance fee for the Walk is $15 and $20 for the 5k Race and Dog Run. This is a rain or shine event.

Everyone is invited to the Tan Turtle in Northeast Harbor after the race for post race complimentary refreshments and the awards ceremony.