THE BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE JUST GOT BIGGER AND BETTER

The seventh BIG5 Sport Challenge, one of the highlights of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, will be hosted again this year as part of this festival from 1 to 10 July, 2016. This prestigious multi-sport event includes the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 21km run, The Featherbed Trail Run, Knysna Dragon’s Lagoon Mile Swim and the Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro.

The BIG5 Sport Challenge has become a bucket list item on the local and international endurance and adventure race calendar. In this multi-sport stage-race event, athletes compete in five pre-determined events and a points system is used to determine the winners. In the BIG5 Lite, four of the events are pre-determined but participants choose one of three other events to make up their fifth event result.

Entrants to the BIG5 Sport Challenge enjoy a one-stop registration process where only one online entry form needs to be completed covering all five events. None of the events will have to be entered separately. Athletes will also enjoy preferred seeding for all events, free access to the individual award ceremonies and the overall prize-giving event at the end of the challenge.

With the event being so popular (across the field of events at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival) a limited field of 125 entries will be made available for the BIG5 and 125 entries for the BIG5 Lite.

BIG5 consists of the following pre-determined events

DATE EVENT DISTANCE/ INFORMATION
Saturday, 2 July 2016 Momentum Weekend Argus Cycle Tour MTB 80km | Mountain bike Race
Sunday, 3 July 2016 Knysna Dragon’s Lagoon Mile Swim 1.6km | Open Water Swim
Tuesday, 5 July 2016 The Featherbed Trail Run 15km | Coelacanth Route
Thursday, 7 July 2016 Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by PeptoPro 5km Run – 30km MTB – 2.5km Run | Off-Road Duathlon
Saturday, 9 July 2016 Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 21km | Half Marathon | Run

 

The BIG5 Lite offers athletes a reduced distance challenge and the option of choosing one event from a number of disciplines including mountain biking, road cycling, open water swimming, paddling, trail and road running to make up their five events.

 

BIG5 Lite consists of the following four pre-determined events & one event of choice

DATE EVENT DISTANCE/ INFORMATION
Saturday, 2 July 2016 Momentum Weekend Argus Cycle Tour MTB 50km | Mountain bike Race
Sunday, 3 July 2016 Choose ONE of the following events
Momentum Weekend Argus Cycle Tour – Road Ride 50km | Road Race
Knysna Dragon’s Lagoon Mile Swim 1.6km | Open Water Swim
Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge 11km | Paddle
Tuesday, 5 July 2016 The Featherbed Trail Run 15km | Seahorse Route
Thursday, 7 July 2016 Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by PeptoPro 2.5km Run – 15km MTB – 1.25km Run | Off-Road Duathlon
Saturday, 9 July 2016 Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 21km | Half Marathon | Run

 

All BIG5 Sport Challenge athletes will enjoy a one-stop registration process for all five events:

  • Priority access to athlete services such as travel, accommodation, massages, parking and more
  • BIG5 Sport Challenge race pack
  • BIG5 Sport Challenge Hospitality area at the Festival grounds including a complimentary massage and VIP access for family members (1x Adult & 2 Children)
  • Shuttle service to race village
  • Complimentary bike wash & lube after the MTB and DualX races, BIG5 bike handlers and bike park at the VIP hospitality area
  • Race/dry bag hand in at the BIG5 marquee
  • Sign on sheets at the events, Pro-Tour style
  • Preferred start groups at each event, excluding the Forest Marathon
  • BIG5 acknowledgements/ name list on the start line of the various events
  • Gala Prize Giving Dinner on Saturday, 9 July 2016

 

BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE CLUB CHAMPS

If you like racing with your Club Team Mates, join the BIG5 Club Champs. Race with your team and collect points in each event you finish to help your club team move up the leader-board.  Please do not forget to enter the correct name for your club when you enter!

 

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 Knysna Oyster Festival
  • Registration for Club Championship competition is FREE
  • A floating trophy will be awarded to the winning club
  • For every ten (10) club members entering the BIG5 or BIG5 Lite, your club will automatically be awarded one (1) FREE entry to use as you wish

 

Follow our social media channels to get all the information you need and for great competitions from our sponsors and partners:

 

To enter

BIG5 Entries                                      https://entrytickets.net/big5

BIG5 Lite Entries                              https://www.instagram.com/big5sportchallenge/

 

Race Office

Contact                                               Wilma Lubbe

Email                                                  big5@oysterfestival.co.za

Tel                                                      +27 72 871 8346

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