A Test of Endurance Inspired by Mariners
September 26–29, 2019
Sunday River, Maine

In September 2019, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) sponsors its fourth outdoor adventure event, the SCI Mountain Challenge, a race that mirrors the one mariners run every day. The event puts teams of three persons on the mountains of Western Maine to navigate unfamiliar paths, bodies of water, changeable weather and difficult routes.


Competitors in 2017 hiked and paddled their way over challenging terrain. Their efforts raised upwards of $500K in support of the Institute’s valuable services to mariners. To see the race overview and video from 2017, visit, or view inspiring photos on SCI’s Flickr feed.

You do not want to miss this awesome event! Sign up to receive information and get first dibs on one of the coveted team slots as they become available in 2019.

This year the team registration fee is $3,800 per team of three.

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