The BIG5 Sport Challenge Club Champs Program

A first of it’s kind for multisport in South Africa, the BIG5 Sport Challenge Club Champs will see the best multisport clubs race against one another at the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The festival and sport events open to the public on Friday, 3 July 2015 and finish on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

This new program is designed to help clubs drive their membership; provide networking opportunities, and a sense of friendly competition. There is no other platform of its kind in South African multisport events. Participation in the Club Championship is free of charge to athletes and falls part of the overall BIG5 Sport Challenge. All sport clubs and multisport clubs registered to a relevant governing body of their sport are eligible to enter. Multisport clubs provide an incredible sense of community and a sense of “belonging” to their members.

“We recognise how important multisport clubs are in the development of the sport in South Africa and how many of our athletes are part of these clubs,” says Gary Marescia, Race Director for the BIG5 Sport Challenges. “ The BIG5 Club Champs will not only give triathletes and runners a chance to race for their clubs, but also mountainbiking clubs, swimming squads and road cycling clubs. We know that the clubs form the back-bone of our sport industry in South Africa and through this initiative we would like to give them the recognition and also share the broader experience with their club members.”

The BIG5 Club Champs is designed to help clubs drive their membership, provide networking opportunities within the club community and to also provide a club competition that will allow clubs to compete for free entries, VIP passes to events and podium status to help foster the team environment.

Together with Multisport clubs and athletes, the event organisers worked on a feasible platform. Says Steve Attwell from ATC/ Embark in Cape Town: “’The Big5 is annually an event we look forward to, and each year we see more of our ATC members attending and competing. By embracing the multisport clubs I think it will reposition the event into a proper national if not international event. Already our active members are entered and we have arranged accommodation so we can all stay close together to really enjoy the best 10 days of winter. From the detailed information already up about the event it looks like it will be a cracking affair that will become the ‘must do’ multisport event in winter”.

The following events will be included in the BIG5:

  1. Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour 80km mountain bike race
  2. Lagoon Mile Swim 1.6km
  3. Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU 14km
  4. Totalsports XTERRA presented by Rehidrat Full
  5. Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon 21km

The following events will be included in the BIG5 Lite:

  1. Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour 50km mountain bike race
  2. A choice of one of the following 3 events:
    1. Lagoon Mile Swim 1.6km
    2. Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – Road Race 50km
    3. Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge 10km
  3. Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU 11km
  4. Totalsports XTERRA presented by Rehidrat Lite
  5. Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon 21km

Athletes will be racing together with their club team members, to collect points in each event they finish to help the club team move up the leader-board.

Club members not entered into the BIG5 Sport Challenge who would like to get together with their club team members onsite and socialise with other club athletes can join in and support at all the individual events and enjoy the atmosphere.

Points Allocation:

All finishers in every event will gain 5 points for their club. Position 1-50 finishers will gain additional points for their club. The winning club will be the Club with the highest points tally at the end of the BIG5 or BIG5 Lite Sport Challenge and will be recognised at the final awards evening on 11 July 2015.

What are the benefits?

  • Great social experience for club members competing together
  • Designated BIG5 Sport Challenge area near the finish of each event
  • Early bird entries to selected races at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
  • Registration for Club Championship is totally FREE
  • A floating trophy will be awarded to the winning club….. And by that we do not mean you have to swim to the Knysna Heads to collect your trophy 😉
  • For every TEN (10) club members entering the BIG5 or BIG5 Lite Sport Challenge, clubs will be awarded ONE (1) FREE entry to use as they wish.

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