GENERAL INFO

HOW IT WORKS

First held in 2013, the SCI Mountain Challenge is a biennial fundraising event. Teams of three competitors have the opportunity to push their physical limits in support of mariners who face extreme conditions and isolation every day to keep our modern way of life afloat.

The upcoming Mountain Challenge will be held September 26-29, 2019. Competitors race a course that includes hiking, paddling and obstacle elements through the beautiful Sunday River area of western Maine. Course times, plus philanthropy dollars raised, contribute to a team’s overall ranking and awards.

Are you up for the Challenge?

YOUR TEAM

Teams consist of three competitors who start and finish the race together. SCI welcomes all individuals—regardless of athletic ability—to participate.

PHILANTHROPY CHALLENGE

In addition to the physical competition, SCI challenges each team to raise a minimum of $3,000. The funds raised by each team count towards the overall team rankings and awards. Final standings are calculated based on course times AND money raised.

VARSITY & JV COURSE OPTIONS

Teams choose to participate on either the Varsity or Junior Varsity (JV) course. The two levels vary in physical demands due to course mileage and elevation intensity. Varsity teams take on the toughest route each day, while JV teams travel a shorter but still significantly challenging course with less overall elevation and mileage. Teammates should review the detailed course information before choosing their course.

Please refer to the COURSE INFORMATION section for additional details.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Competitors will be provided with an updated schedule on site

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 • ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN

Schedules are subject to change
12:00 noon and 3:00 pm • Shuttles depart from Portland airport (PWM) to Sunday River
12:00 noon – 6:30 pm • Check-In at the Grand Summit Hotel and Welcome Packet Pick-Up
6:00 pm • SCI Mountain Challenge Kick-Off Dinner
7:30 pm • Team Briefing • Attendance Mandatory

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 • RACE DAY ONE

Schedules are subject to change
5:30 – 7:00 am • Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am • SCI Mountain Challenge Race Day One start
4:00 pm • Race course officially closes
7:00 pm • “Halfway There” Dinner and Race Day Two Briefing

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 • RACE DAY TWO

Schedules are subject to change
6:00 – 7:30 am • Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am • SCI Mountain Challenge Race Day Two start
2:00 – 5:00 pm • Finish Line Celebration Barbecue
4:00 pm • Race course officially closes
6:00 pm • Final Awards Dinner Reception
9:00 pm • After Party Under the Stars

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 • RETURN TRAVEL DAY

Schedules are subject to change
Competitors are responsible for their own breakfast
7:00 am and 9:00 am • Shuttles depart from the Grand Summit Hotel for the airport

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TRAVEL INFO

ARRIVING BY PLANE/SHUTTLE SERVICE

If you are flying, we recommend that all competitors and guests arrive through Portland International Jetport (PWM), a two-hour drive from Sunday River. SCI provides the following complimentary shuttle service. If participants’ flights do not coincide with the shuttle schedule, or if they fail to arrive in time, participants must arrange for their own transportation to the Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River, ME.

Arrival Shuttle Service from Portland International Jetport (PWM) to the Grand Summit Hotel will be provided on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm.

Departure Shuttle Service from the Grand Summit Hotel to Portland International Jetport (PWM) will be provided on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

DRIVING

Sunday River is easily accessible driving from all major northeastern metropolitan areas, as well as from the Portland International Jetport and Logan International Airport. For directions to the Grand Summit Hotel use the following address:

97 Summit Road, Newry, Maine, ME

VENUE

The Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River combines the best of two worlds. The Grand Summit offers all the amenities you would expect from a full-service hotel – restaurant, health club, heated outdoor pool and more – with all the beauty of a true mountain wilderness location. The Grand Summit Hotel is located at the entrance of Sunday River and provides easy access to the resort’s activities.

Sunday River hosts one of Maine’s largest and most visited ski venues. The resort features 135 trails across eight interconnected mountain peaks.

SUNDAY RIVER RESORT WEBSITE
GRAND SUMMIT HOTEL WEBSITE
DOWNLOAD THE GRAND SUMMIT HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION [PDF]