FAQs

SCI MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How do I register?

2. Is there a benefit to registering early?

3. What is included in the Team Registration Fee?

4. Can I compete even if I do not have a team of three?

5. Who else is competing?

6. What are the ages of the individuals competing?

7. Are team entries open to individuals or only companies?

8. Can my team still compete if we can’t make it to Race Day One?

9. Can I switch out competitors for each day?

10. Can I switch from JV to Varsity (and vice versa) over the two days?

11. How do we know if our team should race the JV or Varsity Course?

12. What do I do if I forget my mandatory gear?

13. Do I need any specific training for the on-mountain or water elements?

14. What if I cannot swim?

15. How long will it take to finish each course?

16. Do I need to stay at Sunday River?

17. Is transportation included in my stay?

18. Can I use my own transportation?

19. Do I need to rent a car to get anywhere?

20. Are meals included in my stay?

21. Am I allowed to bring a guest?

22. What happens if my team is unable to meet our fundraising goal?

23. How are the prizes awarded?

24. If my company has multiple teams, can we fundraise together?

25. How important is the philanthropy element to my overall standing?

26. If my team is unable to compete at the last minute could we get a refund?

27. What happens if it is raining?

28. What is the weather like in western Maine?

29. Will my cell phone work on the mountain?

30. How do I get to Sunday River?

31. I don’t want to compete but how can I support the event?

32. Where do the funds raised go?

1. How do I register?

Each team is required to fill out the Team Registration Form and submit the $3,500 team registration fee. Once your team has registered, each participant of the 3-person team is required to fill out the Individual Participant Registration Form. [Registration Info]

2. Is there a benefit to registering early?

Absolutely! Teams who register before March 31, 2017 are entered in a prize drawing. The winning team will be drawn at SCI’s 40th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on June 8, 2017 in NYC. Winners do not need to be present Dinner to be eligible to win. Prize to be determined.

3. What is included in the Team Registration Fee?

The Registration Fee of $3,500 includes participation for a team of three to compete in Race Days One and Two of the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge. Meals including breakfasts, on-mountain snacks, après-hike snacks and dinners are included in the fee. [Registration Info]

4. Can I compete even if I do not have a team of three?

If a teammate drops out at the last minute your team will be able to compete, but you will not be eligible to be ranked or win a course award. You will however still be eligible to win an award in the philanthropy portion of the event.

5. Who else is competing?

Check out who you will be hiking and paddling against! [Who’s Competing]

6. What are the ages of the individuals competing?

Competitors' ages have ranged from early 20s – late 60s, though all ages are eligible to compete as long as they are 18 years or older. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis, and may require additional waivers and documentation for anyone under 18 years old.

7. Are team entries open to individuals or only companies?

You do not need to register as a company to compete.

8. Can my team still compete if we can’t make it to Race Day One?

You can still compete if you cannot make it to both days, but you are only eligible to be officially ranked and win a course award if you compete on both days.

9. Can I switch out competitors for each day?

You may switch out competitors if someone is unable to participate on one of the days for some reason, but you will not be eligible to be ranked or win a course award.

10. Can I switch from JV to Varsity (and vice versa) over the two days?

Yes, you are able to switch from the JV/Varsity courses between Race Day One and Race Day Two, but you will only be eligible to be ranked and win a course award if you remain in the same class both days.

11. How do we know if our team should race the JV or Varsity Course?

Both JV and Varsity start off on the same course. In order to make the competition fair for both levels, there will be a “cut-off point” for the Varsity and JV Courses. Some teams pre-determine which course they would like to do, but if your team makes it to the cut-off point before a set time (to be determined), then, in fairness, you will be required to race the Varsity Course. There will be rankings and awards for both the JV and Varsity Courses. [Course Info]

12. What do I do if I forget my mandatory gear?

We encourage you to double-check your bag before getting to Maine because although there are stores in the area, they tend to be few and far between! Remember, penalties will be incurred if you are missing any mandatory gear. [Mandatory Gear]

13. Do I need any specific training for the on-mountain or water elements?

We recommend training for the on-mountain portion of the event. See our training guide for our month by month training tips. There is no specific training necessary for the paddling portion of the race yet everything you do to improve your fitness will assist you throughout the entire race, including the paddling section. [Training]

14. What if I cannot swim?

The paddling section is a compulsory element of the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge. All participants will be required to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) for the entire paddling portion of the race. There will be two safety officials at the start of the course, as well as safety boats on the river and spotters along shore. The river is flat, relatively narrow and shallow. The likelihood of capsizing is small but there is always the chance of this eventuality, so the decision to register is at the discretion of each individual.

15. How long will it take to finish each course?

Each team’s finish time will vary according to their skill. The fastest times will finish in approximately four hours and the slower times could take over six hours for each course.

16. Do I need to stay at Sunday River?

It is not required to stay at Sunday River although it is highly recommended. Mandatory competitor information sessions, mandatory competitor transportation to/from courses, and breakfasts and dinners are held at Sunday River.

17. Is transportation included in my stay?

We will provide transportation to/from the Portland, ME airport and to/from any off-site events throughout the weekend. Shuttles from the airport to Sunday River on Thursday, Sept 28th are scheduled at 12:00 pm noon and 3:00 pm. Shuttles from Sunday River back to the airport on Sunday, October 1st are scheduled at 7:00 am and 9:00 am. Please plan your flights accordingly if you would like to take advantage of the complimentary airport shuttle service provided by SCI.

18. Can I use my own transportation?

You may use your own transportation to travel to/from Sunday River — parking is available at no additional charge. All competitors will then be required to take the competitor bus to/from the course and to/from any off-site evening events.

19. Do I need to rent a car to get anywhere?

Once you arrive at Sunday River you will not need a car for the rest of weekend. [Travel Info]

20. Are meals included in my stay?

Meals (breakfasts, on-mountain snacks, après-hike snacks and dinners) are included in the registration fee.

21. Am I allowed to bring a guest?

You are allowed to bring a guest to the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge though they will not be able to compete in the on-mountain portion of the event, ride the competitor bus to/from the course or be on the course at any point except at the start and finish lines. There is a guest fee of $325 for the meals and evening events. All guests must submit a Guest Registration Form.

22. What happens if my team is unable to meet our fundraising goal?

Each team is ‘challenged’ to raise a minimum of $3,000. If your team does not reach this goal it will affect your team’s rankings and ability to win the overall awards and philanthropy awards.

23. How are the prizes awarded?

A variety of prizes are awarded based on different criteria including your team’s ranking on Race Day One and Race Day Two, and on how much money you raise in the philanthropy portion of the event. The overall awards are based on a combination of course time and dollars raised. There are additional awards for team performance and philanthropy performance independent of each other.

24. If my company has multiple teams, can we fundraise together?

If you would like to combine your fundraising efforts to join forces for your solicitation efforts, you may do so. However, when the awards are calculated, the total funds raised by the company-at-large will be divided between the number of teams representing your company and split evenly between all of your teams. Philanthropy and overall awards will then be calculated based on the evenly split amount.

If a company has more than one team and you choose to keep the fundraising separate, that is fine too. However, note that no funds can be transferred from one team to another at the end of the challenge.

25. How important is the philanthropy element to my overall standing?

The overall ranking and awards are based equally on your team’s performance in Race Day One and Two AND on how much money you raise in the Philanthropy Challenge. The more money your team raises, the better chance you have of winning an award!

26. If my team is unable to compete at the last minute could we get a refund?

If your team cancels its participation in Mountain Challenge prior to June 30, 2017, 50% of the team registration fee will be refunded. If cancellation occurs between July 1 and July 31, 25% of the team registration fee will be refunded. Any cancellation after July 31, 2017 will not be refunded.

27. What happens if it is raining?

If there is rain the race will go on as planned. If there is lightning or dangerous conditions, then all events will be indoors.

28. What is the weather like in western Maine?

At the end of September you may experience sun, clouds, rain, or snow! We recommend being prepared for everything.

29. Will my cell phone work on the mountain?

Cell phone coverage will not be available in all areas throughout the course, however we still encourage participants to carry their cell phone on them at all times, both on- and off-mountain. When on-mountain, we have professionally-staffed checkpoints throughout the courses and each team will have a tracker for safety purposes.

30. How do I get to Sunday River?

The closest airport is the Portland International Jetport. We will provide shuttles to/from the airport. Shuttles on Thursday, September 28th will depart the airport at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. Shuttles on Sunday, October 1st will depart Sunday River at 7:00 am and 9:00 am. [Travel Info]

31. I don’t want to compete but how can I support the event?

You can support teams and individuals (or just the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge event in general!) through the Philanthropy Challenge. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. [Support]

32. Where do the funds raised go?

All proceeds directly benefit the mariners SCI serves through our programs including ship visiting and hospitality, advocacy, and education. [Support]

OUR SPONSORS

SCI is proud to showcase the sponsors of the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge.

Fueling Bag Sponsor
teekay.com

Lead Event Sponsor
cargill.com

Peak Sponsor
toteinc.com

Event Bag Sponsor
liscr.com

Peak Sponsor
mcallistertowing.com

Finish Line Sponsor
scorpiotankers.com

Finish Line Sponsor
scorpiobulkers.com

OUR IN-KIND DONORS

SCI is proud to showcase the donors of the 2017 SCI Mountain Challenge.

Bold Coast Coffee
boldcoastcoffee.com

All Ways
awadv.com

Maine Made
mainemade.com

Sweetser’s Orchard
maineapple.com

The Maine Office
of Tourism
visitmaine.com

Ski Maine
skimaine.com

Sunday River
sundayriver.com

Spandits
spandits.com

All Sports Events
allsportsevents.com