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 while on the water as they keep our modern way of life afloat.

The upcoming Mountain Challenge will be held September 30 – October 3, 2021. Competitors will 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, 18 years or older, who must 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 combined 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 funds raised. If a team does not meet the minimum fundraising goal of $3,000, they will not be qualified to receive an award in the overall and philanthropy categories.

COURSE OPTIONS

Teams choose to participate on either the Orange or Blue course. The two levels vary in physical demands due to course mileage and elevation intensity. The Orange teams take on the toughest route each day, while the Blue 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 (final course commitment is made on site).

Please refer to the COURSE INFORMATION section for additional details.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Competitors will be provided with an updated schedule on site. Transportation will be provided to/from the race course and events. Attendees may choose to drive their own vehicle to evening functions (but not race starts).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 • 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 Event Registration
6:00 pm • SCI Mountain Challenge Kick-Off Dinner
7:30 pm • Team Briefing • Attendance Mandatory

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 • RACE DAY ONE

Schedules are subject to change
5:30 – 7:00 am • Breakfast 
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 • Attendance Mandatory

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 • RACE DAY TWO

Schedules are subject to change
5:30 – 7:00 am • Breakfast 
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, OCTOBER 3 • 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.*

Arrival Shuttle Service from Portland International Jetport (PWM) to the Grand Summit Hotel will be provided on Thursday, September 30, 2021 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, October 3, 2021 at 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

*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.

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

There is free parking onsite at the hotel.

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.

Participants are required to book their own travel and hotel reservations. Rooms must be booked by September 10, 2021 to receive the discounted rate. SCI group code 862857.

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