Race Rules* (Preliminary)

(* Race Rules are preliminary and subject to change)

1. Race Safety Equipment

Primal Quest will provide the following emergency items to each team for use during the race:

1.1. GPS Tracking Device (1 per team)

1.2. Team Provided Cell Phone (1 per team)(Off and Waterproofed) Only to be used in emergency

1.3. Smoke Bomb (2 per team)

2. Forbidden Equipment & Practices

2.1. GPS units in any form

2.2. Motorized means of travel including but not limited to ski lifts, gondolas, vehicles, motorcycles, and motor scooters, e-bikes

2.3. Travel by any means that is inconstant to intended travel

2.4. IV administration other than by PQ Medical staff – (and in that case will result in Disqualification)

2.5. Support crews for Pure Teams (Support crews are required for Pursuit Teams)

3. Gear Check

3.1. The gear identified on the Mandatory Gear List is for your team’s safety. Please adhere to the gear list guidelines

3.2. It is your responsibility to come completely prepared with contingency plans, gear and back up

4. Skills Check

4.1. Skills Check will be conducted; Ropes & Climbing, Paddling & White Water.

4.2. Ropes & Climbing skills will be tested as per items listed;

  • Overcoming a difficult edge while descending
  • Passing anchor points using lanyards with carabiners
  • Loading rappel device
  • Body position & edge transition
  • Brake hand placement & proper use
  • Staying in control – Speed / Control (i.e. no bouncing)
  • Prusik tying and use as an autoblock
  • Demonstrating an emergency stop (releasing autoblock and allowing the prusik hitch to stop the rappel)
  • Communication: Whistle, Voice, Hand Signals (to be discussed)

4.3. Paddling & White Water skills will be tested as per items listed;

  • Self Rescue/Swimming
  • River Fording
  • Enter/Exit Boat
  • Ferry Glide
  • Enter/Exit Eddies
  • Wet Entry – Boat
  • Identifying/Negotiating Hazards
  • Scouting Rapids
  • Lining Craft Around Rapids
  • Portaging
  • River Signals – Hand (to be discussed) & Whistle

5. Penalties/Protest

We are a small community of like-minded adventurers coming together to share an amazing experience; we ask that you all make good sound decisions on the course and we highly encourage each of you to reconsider before submitting any protest.

5.1. In the event of a protest, the protesting team must notify race staff as soon as possible. Verbal protests may be made but must be done discretely and respectfully with a Race/Course Director or CP/TA captain. Any public protest or display of disgust with the contents of the race rules or their application will result in disqualification of the protesting team.  It should also be noted that we will not take accusations lightly.

5.2. Race management will pronounce all penalties after all fact finding has been completed. This process may involve, but is not limited to, interviews with the protesting and protested teams, interviews with any witnesses, interviews with CP/TA captains and viewing of video tape or photos.  The race committee will confer and arrive at a decision. Race committee is made up of; Race Director, Safety and Athlete Representative and Course Director.

5.3. Penalties if imposed will be served at a CP or TA designated by the race director.

6. Withdrawal from the Race

6.1. If your team is withdrawing from the event they must notify the nearest CP/TA staff, or send us a message via GPS Unit.

6.2. If one member of a team withdraws from the race, the entire team is disqualified and must cease participation.

6.3. Failure to assist a withdrawing teammate to the next CP or TA will result in disqualification. If a teammate is not assisted to the next CP or TA, and Search and Rescue Costs are incurred, the team will be charged for these costs

7. Branding of Primal Quest

7.1. Teams will be provided with a race jersey for competition. Athletes are required to wear this jersey as their outer garment at all times, excluding paddling sections.  The only time the jersey will not be the outer-most garment is during the water sections, in which case the PFD will cover all garments.  No other sponsor branding shall appear on this jersey. Jerseys may not be removed except in transition areas to change clothing.  Sponsor logos/patches and decals will be allowed on any other part of the body including head, legs, neck, arms and shoulders.  Penalty for an obstructed, altered or missing jersey will be 3 hours per each occurrence per person.

7.2. Primal Quest provides patches for the back of the PFD and Backpack. These must be sewn on by the athletes and are mandatory.

7.3. Decals will be provided and must be applied to helmets with logo and team number decals present as indicated on instructions provided with the patches and decals. Time penalties may be issued for non-compliance.

7.4. All bicycles must have number plate attached to the front of each bike. Time penalties may be issued for non-compliance.

8. Banned Substances

The use of any of the following substances will be considered grounds for immediate disqualification.

The following classes of substances* are prohibited:  

8.1. Anabolic agents: including anabolic steroids

8.2. Diuretics: including Diamox (acetazolamide) and Lasix (furosemide)

8.3. Narcotics

8.4. Peptide Hormone: including EPO and growth hormone

8.5. Stimulants: including amphetamine and ephedrine

8.6. Benzodiazepines

The race committee will review and apply time penalties and bonuses. Decisions are final.

Use of motorized transportDisqualification

Rules Consequence
Any un-sportsmanlike conduct or violation of rules Disqualification
Any public protest or display of disgust with the contents of the race rules or their application Disqualification
Travelling within any wilderness boundary Disqualification
Sabotage, destruction of property, land, unsportsmanlike Disqualification
Littering Disqualification
Known assistance for PQ Pure Teams Disqualification
CP’s reached in non-sequential order Disqualification
Violation of Dark Zone rules Disqualification
Use of banned substance Disqualification
Missing mandatory equipment 1hr per missing item per person
Alteration or missing race bib/jersey 3hrs per occurrence per person
Violation of the 100yd perimeter rule 3hrs per occurrence
Missing helmet 6hrs per missing helmet
Violation of official rules of travel To be assessed by race committee
Getting information from non-permitted sources, ie media or medical personnel To be assessed by race committee
Use of forbidden equipment To be assessed by race committee
Missing patches, stickers, bike number plates To be assessed by race committee