The 2019 Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) Mountain Challenge was held September 26 – 29 in Maine. Representing Cooper Consolidated were Erik Cooper, Anthony Almerico (CTS Mooring), and Charlie Gottbrath, who were awarded Third Place - Varsity in Course Completion and Philanthropy. The team raised $17,248 for SCI and the event itself raised more than $350,000. Also racing in his fourth consecutive year was Wendell Landry, representing Cooper Marine and Timberlands.
Taking place on land and water, the SCI Mountain Challenge parallels many of the hardships mariners face daily: the elements, isolation (teams of three work self-sufficiently on the mountain and water race courses) and physically demanding work (participants ascend approximately 3,000 feet each day). In addition to the outdoor elements, competitors participate in the “Philanthropy Challenge” to raise funds and awareness for SCI and its mariner support services. Founded in 1834, SCI is the largest, most comprehensive mariners’ agency in North America