8th Edition

PQ Pursuit Event


Event sanctioned by the World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sport d’Obstacles (FISO)

“We are thrilled about our NEW World Championship of Expedition OCR sanctioning for our PQ PURSUIT Race. By partnering with the OCR Federation we will invite a new athlete audience, offering this shorter and supported race format, allowing obstacle and ultra athletes of all levels to experience what true adventure racing has to offer. On the PURSUIT course, in addition to providing experts in the technical fields of mountaineering, glacier and whitewater rafting, our staff will help usher new racers into the sport allowing crew, support and use of GPS navigation tools. We really look to grow this sport with new energy and longevity in mind. However, our PQ PURE 10 day race remains true to its roots of hardcore adventure racing and is designed to uphold the legacy of its unsupported ultimate challenge.”

- - Maria Burton CAO, Race Director

Primal Quest Pursuit


Traditionally Primal Quest has been limited to 4 person coed teams (which remains with our PRIMAL PURE race), but now we are excited announce the addition of our PRIMAL PURSUIT course… to include smaller 2, 3 and 4-person, mixed, male and female team formats.

The Primal Pursuit 5 day race bridges the gap between a local 1-2 day event and our destination Primal Pure, 5-10day race. We worked hard to design a race which represents the perfect push into the next stage of endurance where participants get to experience the magic of expedition adventure racing, while still tackling a very challenging course with all of the classic elemental disciplines.

Finding compatible teammates with similar goals and available time can often be a challenge, especially with vacation and training times a limited resource these days. Primal Quest is keen to foster these new open teammate formats to help teams leap over some of these barriers for entry. Take-on Pursuit with your best-friends, your spouse, your sons/daughters… there is no better way to bond than to share a thrilling life altering adventure quest.

We are stoked to get as many teams as we can on the larger-than-life wild terrain of Beautiful British Columbia. It is big and magnificent and the more people we can entice to take it on, the more adventurers we will infect with the Adventure Racing bug!

The Primal Quest Pursuit distance is shorter and navigation is easier. Plus, you have the benefit of a support crew to keep you hydrated, fed and organized as they transport your gear and equipment and meet you at every transition area.

The course is designed to still offers all of the physical and mental challenge of the Primal Quest Pure epic course and includes; trail run, mountain bike, flat water paddle, mountaineering and rope disciplines. For those that are still working on their expedition racing experience or are strapped for vacation time this may be a great option for you.


COURSE DISTANCE: Approximately 300km
RACE DATE: Thursday 6th Sept – 12th Sept 2018
EXPECTED WINNING TIME: Approximately 5 Days
TEAM FORMAT: Teams of 4, 3 and 2. All female/male teams permitted.
SUPPORT CREWS: Required or Not  (‘Supported’ – please see below for details)
ENTRY PRICE: $6,750 USD (Standard Entry 4p), $5,900 USD (3p), $4,900 (2p)
TROPHY CATEGORIES: Awards Sept 11th – Mixed
PRIZES: GODZone 2019 Team Entry

What's involved?

Primal Quest Pursuit event is an event unto itself. It is a great initiation event for those that want to take part in the Primal Quest Pure Expedition. It is also a great option if you can’t commit the time/money necessary to train and pay for an expedition race. It is designed to run from along most of the same course but with some of the distances shortened. This being a point to point race you will still have to traverse a lot of the same tough elevation and terrain.

Additionally your support crew is welcome to support not only your body fuel and equipment needs they may also assist in reviewing maps and routes to help your team successfully navigate and complete the race. And its always nice to have a friendly hug, a hot meal, and miraculously clean clothes every once in a while.

Support crews are limited to a maximum of 2. In some of the transition areas we have limited space and we are keen to also keep it fair and equitable across all teams. You will be required to provide your own support vehicle that can transport your team bikes and gear boxes. More vehicle and equipment details will be provided in upcoming Newsletters. Boats and rafts will be transported by race management.

Primal Quest Pursuit winning time is anticipated to be 4-5 days with up to 10 days to finish.