Supporters confused, devastated, by the news
© Derek Montague
Edward Watkins (left) and Simeonie Berth of the Kuujjuaq Wolf Pack (team 38) have received an eight-hour time penalty for, allegedly, using groomed trails.
The Kuujjuaq Wolf Pack (team 38) has received a devastating eight-hour time penalty from Cain’s Quest Officials for, allegedly, using groomed trails during the race.
According to the official Cain’s Quest Facebook page, a protest was made against the Wolf Pack’s Edward Watkins and Simeonie Berthe by The Great Ones (team 99).
“A protest was filed by Team #99 against Team #38 for reportedly using groomed trails,” reads the Facebook status. “The protest has been reviewed by the CQ Race Marshall and protest committee and team 38 will serve an 8-hour penalty in Nain as a result of the protest.”
For the Wolf Pack’s family, friends, and support staff, the news comes as a shock.
“When these guys left Postville, they were given a paper by Cain’s Quest saying there was a protest on or something and they’re getting an eight hour penalty,” said Grayson Watkins, father of Edward Watkins and part of the support team.
“I was told they went down a groomed trail and . . .all along this trail there were signs saying ‘Cain’s Quest.’
They’re on their way to Nain now, and the wind’s taken right out of their sails.”
This is the second protest filed by team 99 in the past two days. On March 4, The Great Ones filed a protest after several teams used a trail outside Cartwright, even though they and Team Goose Bay (team 5) were told not to use it.
Cain’s Quest later admitted that the two teams were given wrong information when told not to uavoid the trail, and were both awarded time credits of 67 minutes (team 5) and 57 minutes (team 99).