The Mission to Seafarers announces launch of Maritime Mountain Race


Leading international seafarer welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) has announced the launch of the first-ever Maritime Mountain Race, a unique endurance event set to take place from 13-15 September 2024.

This new challenge is designed to bring together trail hikers and runners from the maritime community and beyond, offering a thrilling experience amidst the breathtaking scenery of Le Bouveret, Switzerland.

The Maritime Mountain Race is more than just a physical challenge; it’s an opportunity to support the welfare of seafarers worldwide. The event will feature 20 teams of three participants each, tackling the beautiful trails of the Swiss Alps overlooking the stunning Lake Geneva. With two levels of difficulty – hiking and running – the race caters to seasoned athletes and those seeking a formidable yet achievable challenge.

Participants will journey through lush forests, along hidden paths, and across mountain rivers, experiencing panoramic views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. The event includes two evenings of networking, starting with a welcome reception and culminating in a Gala Dinner, where participants can share their experiences and celebrate their achievements. Not normally open for public use, the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland in Le Bouveret is providing exclusive use of the facilities to host participants, providing the finest hospitality.

The funds raised from the Maritime Mountain Race will directly support The Mission to Seafarers’ vital frontline work, enhancing the welfare services provided to seafarers around the globe. Each team is encouraged to raise a minimum of USD 5,000, with prizes awarded to the highest fundraising teams. Team entries will close on Wednesday 31st July.

The global maritime community and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to participate in this extraordinary event. Whether you are an experienced trail runner, a keen hiker or looking to take on a new challenge, the Maritime Mountain Race promises an adventure that will make a real difference in the lives of seafarers.

Jan Webber, Director of Development at The Mission to Seafarers, commented: “The Maritime Mountain Race provides the shipping industry with an adrenaline-fuelled opportunity to celebrate the power of teamwork, adventure, perseverance, and a shared commitment to seafarers’ welfare. As well as the challenge of two days on the Alpine trails overlooking Lake Geneva, participants will also have the opportunity to network, connect, and forge lasting bonds with industry colleagues over two evenings.

The Mission is renowned for its memorable fundraising challenges for those willing to go the extra mile, and we’re thrilled to be taking the cause of seafarer welfare to the mountains of Switzerland. This race will offer a truly unforgettable experience for all involved and there are many opportunities to get involved, as a team, sponsor or supporter.”

For more information and to register your interest in taking part, please contact