8th Edition

Meet Our Team

"Having a hand in Primal Quest’s creation has intimately and infinitely tied me to this prestigious event for over 15 years. It’s an icon in the sport we love; we believe it’s true value is in the benefits you reap from experiencing it. What a privilege and what inspiration is found in the stunning landscapes where Sea meets Sky that offers an amazing network of terrain that offers some of the globes best individual natural features of sea, glacial mountains, river canyons and fjords, together in one region. It can't help but be epic."

- Maria Burton : Co-founder : Partner : Chief Adventure Officer

“Life should be an adventure. Knowing that you have the support of your team, your family and friends and knowing you gave your best gives me a sense purpose. It’s easy to forget with everyday demands and PQ always centers me and reminds me of what is important. We have a saying we use in our meetings all the time; “A locations”. BC is going to be a return of the true expedition. Teams are going to experience so many different wonders including massive rope sections, peaks and glaciers, oceans and rivers in ways that is genuine to British Columbia. It’s so big.”

- David Egbert : Co-founder : Partner : Chief Adventure Safety Officer

Putting together a world class event of this scale, distance and duration is not easy. Expedition events throw up unique challenges and when you consider how far teams and logistics can be stretched, how unpredictable the weather can be, how hard it is to provide up-to-date live coverage when teams are in the middle of nowhere, you can understand why Race Directors look so haggard before the event even begins. We wanted to get it right from the start and that meant finding individuals capable of ensuring seamless delivery and the very best experience for the participants.


Chief Adventure Officer

Maria has been a part of Primal Quest since its inception in 2002 and is super excited to take Primal Quest and Expedition Adventure Racing back to Canada, her home, and the region where the roots of the sport were first developed. When Maria isn't working on the race she is a mom and wife. She strives every day to be inspired, active and enjoy sharing life with her family and friends.

David Egbert

Chief Safety Officer

David loves being a part of the PQ Leadership team. His motivation and drive comes from supporting racers who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and be pushed beyond their expectations. Did you know that Primal Quest changed David’s outlook on life? He believes Primal Quest is a true ultimate life experience that is indescribable. It has to be genuinely experienced first hand.

Paul Goyette

Chief Operation Officer

Paul wants to keep true expedition adventure racing alive and to grow it where more and more people can experience the ultimate challenge. Over the years Paul competed in five PQ's and has dozens of incredible memories from those races. When it comes down to my favorite memories its the friendships and camaraderie forged while competing in extreme events. Those friendships last a lifetime.

Marcy Beard

Volunteer Coordinator

Marcy has been on seen all sides of Primal Quest over the years as competitor, volunteer and staffer. Her dedication to the sport and to Primal Quest is formidable and she is thrilled to coordinating the ever important volunteer team in British Columbia.

Samantha Pruitt

Event Operations

A Certified Race Director and founder of Race SLO Endurance Sports Production Company in San Luis Obispo, California. Hosting all level road runs, trail runs, mountain bike and educational events for 7,000 athletes a year, Race SLO’s mission is to create both social and economic impact. Samantha and her company’s number one value of Human Connection rises up in everything she does. Samantha is beyond passionate about helping others change their own lives and bodies using enduracne and adventure sports as the catalyst. Being on the 2018 Primal Quest Team she will elevate both our athletes and volunteers experiences using her professional industry leadership skills while deeply connecting as a like minded ultra athlete. Website https://www.raceslo.com http://ustrailrunningconference.com

Jim Mandelli


It’s in Jim’s nature as a Structural Engineer to calculate and prepare for success. His deliberate pursuit of knowledge, experience, travel and adventure is extensive and diversified. Jim has captained impressive finishes at expedition adventure races around the world including – Eco Challenge, Primal Quest, ELF Authentique and Raid the North.

Jenn Winiarski


Jenn is excited to be a part of Primal Quest because she truly believes in the power of sport and its ability to change people’s lives. "Participation in sport teaches valuable life

“I'm super excited about the 2018 PQ because it's a true expedition adventure race. It's incredibly long and it will be brutally difficult. It's also in an epic location in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The course will cover numerous types of terrain and will require racers to be on top of their skills to successfully complete the course.”

- Paul Goyette : Co-founder : Partner : Chief Control Officer