Primal Quest Badlands Expedition Race Presented by SPOT Starts Today
10 Days, 600 Miles and Over 126,646' in Elevation Gain and Loss – Track the ‘The World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition’ Online with SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Offering Real-time Public Viewing
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MILPITAS, CA (August 14, 2009) â€“ SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) today announces the start of the 2009 Primal Quest Badlands Presented by SPOT adventure race. For the second consecutive year, teams are equipped with SPOT Satellite GPS Messengerâ„¢ providing online race tracking and public viewing at www.ecoprimalquest.com starting today through August 23, 2009.
Beginning this morning, hundreds of co-ed adventure racers from around the world will navigate, trek, mountain bike, swim, climb, rappel, and paddle 600 miles through the remote wilderness of South Dakota’s Badlands and Black Hills. SPOT custom race software and leaderboard technology allows fans to follow the action live through real-time updates on SPOT enhanced Google Mapsâ„¢ and MyTopo Maps.
Due to the remoteness of the race the SPOT Satellite GPS Messengerâ„¢ provides competitors and race staff with logistical support and emergency communications independent of cellular networks to assist with on-course safety.
â€œWith this year’s course being the longest in Primal Quest history, SPOT provides reliable satellite-based communications allowing us to follow and find any athlete or race worker anywhere on the course, 24 hours a day,â€ said Don Mann, Primal Quest Director. â€œIn my view, SPOT has changed the dynamics of adventure racing and Primal Quest is safer and better due to our partnership with SPOT.â€
Primal Quest, referred to as, â€œThe World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition,â€ is a 10-day, 600 miles (965+KM) co-ed team adventure race; the largest human-powered, multi-discipline, multi-day event of its kind in the world. Since its inception in 2002, the race has attracted world-class athletes and established itself as the leading event of its kind. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messengerâ„¢ meets the extraordinary demands of the Primal Quest teams, as they require a rugged, easy to use tracking product â€“ and a way to update their location reliably.
To learn more about the 2009 Primal Quest Presented by SPOT, visit www.ecoprimalquest.com. Additional team profile information and individual team tracking history is available at www.SPOTadventures.com.
About SPOT LLC
The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, the world’s first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer’s location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT LLC., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT), provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT LLC is helping users live to tell about it(SM) â€“ from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes â€“ visit www.findmespot.com.
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