SQUAMISH, British Columbia – (June 7, 2018) – Primal Quest is honored to add team California Warrior to their athlete team roster competing in the 300km Primal Quest Pursuit race in British Columbia, Canada, September 6 through 12, 2018. This new PURSUIT distance race is the Expedition OCR World Championship race.


Athlete team members representing the state of California include Captain Allison Hsieh, Captain Robert Killian, Sergeant Chloe Romero, Captain Lisa Renner and the official team captain Major Keegan Smith.

These California Military Department Service members seek out opportunities to compete at elite levels while proudly representing their state under the California Warrior Banner. They regularly compete in a variety of other sports competitions ranging from biathlon, marathon, obstacle racing and water sports. Adventure racing is new to most of them, but as a group of experienced and tested Soldiers they pack the teamwork, tactical fitness, proven skills and tenacity needed to win. Hopes and goals are that they will be crowned the OCR Expedition World Champions.


Seasoned athlete Captain Robert Killian is a U.S. Army Green Beret and combat veteran. He is the 2015 Spartan World Champion and 2009 Kona Ironman Armed Forces World Champion. Captain Killian has won numerous triathlons, competed internationally on the Army Biathlon team, and won the 2016 Best Ranger Competition with partner, Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein, becoming the first National Guard duo to do so. He was also named 2010 Army Athlete of the Year. His teammates all bring their own unique strength to the team offering navigation, mountain biking, ropes and water skills to the ticket, making for a must watch list on the races live stream tracking.


“We are always looking for California’s best, and I believe this well rounded group of military Service member athletes can excel at this challenging ultra event. Their collective grit and experience, paired with their adventurous spirit and team determination, are a perfect recipe for success,” said Joe Garcia, the coach and brains behind the California Military Department’s elite athlete program. Joe says he looks for talent in civilians and military who trail race or navigate obstacles in the public annual California Warrior Experience held on Camp San Luis Obispo each March, and in other endurance events across the country.


Primal Quest is the most prestigious expedition adventure race in North America. This 8th edition offers two racing categories – the traditional 10-day PQ PURE event with 4-person coed teams, and the new 5-day PQ PURSUIT event that now includes 2, 3 and 4-person mixed, male and female team categories for newer or time-crunched athletes.


We are thrilled to have team California Warrior join us,” said Maria Burton, Primal Quest CEO. “We are both excited to host the military in expedition adventure racing, as well as proud to embrace these military service members into our Primal Quest Tribe for life. We know that adding the PURSUIT 5-day race will allow far more new people to come experience this life transforming adventure and are confident we can help them all succeed.”


For more information about the Primal Quest PURE and PURSUIT Expedition Race and to register, visit Primal Quest website.


About Primal Quest

Primal Quest is North America’s Premier Expedition Race. The 8th edition will take place in Canada for the first time. Scheduled for September 6-15, 2018, teams of 2 to 4 will navigate the coastal mountain range of British Columbia, running, biking, repelling, paddling and climbing together over 300-450 km.

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