With a little over three months before the start of the 2008 Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race, competitors are starting to get a clearer picture of what to expect when they head to Montana as the end of June. Today, the PQ staff released the third edition of their competitor newsletter which contains some very good information.
For instance, the newsletter reveals that the Course Designer for this year’s event is none other than George Rice who is joined by Course Director Chris Caul in preparing what is being called “most beautiful and athletically challenging course in PQ history” by PQ CEO Don Mann. George has excellent first hand knowledge of the area and is the director of the Mountain Adventure Race.
Other items of note include the fact that the Big Sky Resort is confirmed as the base of operations for this years event. Competitors are encouraged to make their reservations early and bring their friend, family and sponsors. The mandatory gear list has also been updated to include some unusual items. A cell phone has been added to the list for emergency purposes, but even more interesting is addition of bear spray to the list. As if the race wasn’t going to be challenging enough, now you have to contend with bears too.
The newsletter had some information on the PQ Sprint Series front as well. We previously knew about two events scheduled for 2008, the inaugural sprint race at Pocahontas State Park in Richmond, VA on May 10 and another at the US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte NC scheduled for Oct 4. Now added to the list is a third event to be held at Moraine State Park in Pittsburgh, PA on September 6. The schedule expands in 2009 with as many as 8-12 races, with the cumulative points leader gaining a free team entry into next Primal Quest.
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