December 13, 2017
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Students Dedicate Bike Journey to Heart Research

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BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic students Phinn Onens and Rebecca Hamilton are pedaling for a cure this spring. In March, they’ll be flying out to San Diego with bikes, and heading back east through Arizona, Texas, and the south, touching the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.

As they do, they hope to raise funds for heart research. “My grandfather died of heart-related illness,” says Onens. “I’m dedicating this trip to him, and hoping to raise money along the way.” Onens, of Solihull, a town not far Birmingham, England, will be donating any funds raised to The British Heart Foundation. The two are calling this trip “A Heart-Felt Journey Across the States.”

The 3,120-mile bike ride will last about 65 days. Onens is joined in his efforts by Hamilton, who hails from Whitefield, ME, and is just returning from another trek. Hamilton spent much of the winter hiking the Arizona Trail, connecting with classrooms along the way to talk to students about conservation and ecology.

To donate funds visit For more on the journey, contact Phinn Onens at or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit