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Primal Quest Coming to the Badlands of South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. – Don Mann Productions and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development announced today that next summer the state will host Primal Quest Badlands presented by SPOT. South Dakota’s unique environments will offer competitors in the “World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition” stunning new landscapes to explore and daunting athletic challenges to face.

“South Dakota is proud to be the location chosen by Don Mann and Primal Quest for their race next summer,” said Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. “We have so much to offer for an event like this and we will make this a great experience for the racers, their families and for the communities of the Black Hills region.”

Next summer, just after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, co-ed teams of four will race, without support crews, through the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota from August 15th - 24th. The traditional adventure racing disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, orienteering, swimming, and paddling will be well represented, but competitors can expect new challenges as well. Athletes will spelunk in cave systems deep beneath the Black Hills, and will test their climbing abilities while ascending and rappelling from majestic towering spires. Navigation will play a much larger role than in previous Primal Quests and racers will traverse many miles of single track in the mountain biking sections. Teams will run with herds of buffalo and share the trail with deer, prairie dogs, turkeys, elk and big horn sheep. They will pass abandoned gold mines and historic western forts, while bald eagles soar overhead. 

“This is the 6th edition of the Primal Quest 10-day expedition adventure race, and at 600 miles - the longest,” said Don Mann, Director of Primal Quest. “We believe next year’s race in South Dakota is going to be a historic event, which will offer the world’s most talented adventure athletes a premier course unlike any other in the sport. We’re especially excited to have teams experience the Badlands, as there is truly no place like this in the world.” 

The Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau along with its partners have been instrumental in seeking out Primal Quest and bringing them to South Dakota. Primal Quest Badlands presented by SPOT will showcase Rapid City and the surrounding communities to a worldwide audience. It will also show the drama and intensity of expedition racing at its finest with all the action being broadcasted in the fall of 2009 on Rush HD. With the majority of teams from 2008 committed to returning in 2009, and even more teams expected to join them, the field will be as deep and competitive as ever.