Momentum BIG5 Challenge 2018

What is the Momentum BIG5 Challenge?

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has become a bucket list item on the endurance and adventure race calendar. In this multisport stage-race event, athletes compete in five pre-determined events. A point system is used to determine the winners for the BIG5Lite event whilst the BIG5 will be scored off accumulative time.

Can I do the BIG5 Challenge?

If you are a regular competitor of similar events (stage and/or multisport), then your ability and fitness level should be sufficient to tackle the BIG5 Challenge. We suggest you look at each individual event on the schedule and ask yourself if they are all achievable in isolation, then consider your recovery period for each event and match this with the requirement to perform the next day in order to assess your compatibility within the BIG5 Challenge.

On entering a multi-sport / multi-day event an athlete must be aware of the risk level needed to perform daily within 24 hours (sometimes less than this). Athletes must know their thresh-holds and when competing outside of their comfort zone the importance of dealing with hydration and muscle fatigue.


What are the BIG5 Challenge Events?

The BIG5 consists of 5 predetermine events:BIG5 Race Info

If you prefer and easier challenge or it is your first year, you can join the BIG5Lite:BIG5 Lite Race Info

Must I race as an individual or can I enter in a team?

Due to popular demand, in 2018 the Momentum BIG5 Challenge will be offering athletes the opportunity to enter as a team.


Enter a team of between 3 – 5 athletes in either the BIG5 or the BIG5Lite, then after each event the top 3 scores/finish times in each team will count towards the Team Challenge competition.

There will be prizes up for grabs for the winning team at the end of the competition.

When do entries close?

Entries close at midnight 12th June 2018 or when the race capacity has been reached. Once entries close you may request to be placed on a waiting list and should there be cancellations, you will be allocated an entry. Late entry fees will apply. Late entries from the 1st June till 12th June Additional fees apply.

Can my entry for this year’s event be deferred to next year’s event?

Deferrals to the 2019 event will not be permitted. However, participants may be allowed to transfer their entry to another athlete. Refer to transfers. Note: The Knysna Forest Marathon charges an additional R1 000 late fee after 1st June through to 12th June.

Is it possible for me to cancel my race entry? And what is the policy on refunds?

Athletes that are unable to participate, regardless of their reasons, can request cancellation of their entry and refund of their entry fee under the following terms:

  • Until midnight 20 May 2018 – Full refund on total entry fee (less 10% processing fee)
  • From 21 May 2018 – midnight 12 June 2018 – 50% refund on total entry fee
  • From 13 – 20 June 2018 – 25% refund on total entry fee
  • After 20 June 2018 no refunds will be applicable due to the committed costs incurred by the event in respect of your entry.

Please submit your cancellation and refund request to

Is it possible to transfer my entry to someone else?

Entries can be transferred to another person as long as the substitution request is submitted before midnight 12 June 2018. Thereafter no transfers are allowed.

The following fees are applicable for substitutions:

  • Substitutions up until 12 June 2018 – an additional cost of 15% of the total entry fee is applicable
  • Substitutions after 12 June – an additional cost of 50% of the total entry fee is applicable

To transfer your entry to someone else please submit your request to

Do I need to purchase a day license?

If you are not an annual CSA or ASA license holder then yes, a day license will be applicable to Momentum Weekend Argus Cycle Tour, The Momentum Health MTB X and the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon. Please check with the individual events for the federation license requirement prior to entering.

I have not received my confirmation email after registering?

Please contact Race Office via email, and a copy of your confirmation email will be forwarded to you.

What are the age restrictions for entering the BIG5 and BIG5Lite?

The BIG5 & BIG5Lite are events for the individual athlete. The minimum ages are determined by the age eligibility rulings from each of the Partner Events that make up the BIG5 & BIG5Lite and are calculated based on the age of the participant on 31 December 2018. The Minimum ages are as follows:

BIG5 = 19 Years and older

BIG5Lite = 15 Years and older

Where do we enter?

Entries need to be completed online via our entry portal. One can either enter via this website or by going directly to:


Where do we register?

Registration/Race Pack Collection will take place at Premier Hotel, 1 George Rex Dr, on Friday 29th June between 2pm and 6pm.

Is there a race briefing and is it compulsory?

Yes there will be a BIG5 Challenge Race Briefing and it is compulsory for all BIG5 Challenge Athletes to attend. The Race Briefing will take place at 6pm on Friday 29th at Premier Hotel, 1 George Rex Dr.

Can I upgrade or downgrade between the BIG5 and BIG5Lite?

No upgrades or downgrades between the BIG5 and BIG5Lite will be possible. We would need to cancel the original entry and re-enter the desired race in order to resolve. This will be subject to the cancelation policy and late entry dates.

Must we sign an Indemnity/disclaimer?

Yes, ALL BIG5 Challenge athletes will be required to sign an indemnity at Registration.

What must be brought with to registration?

Your BIG5 Challenge race number confirmation together with positive identification such as an ID Book or a driver’s license must be produced at registration. No third party collection.


Must I attend each events Race Briefings?

All participants must attend the BIG5 Challenge Race briefing. It is also a requirement of the individual events that all athletes attend these briefings too.

What Race Rules apply in the BIG5 Challenge?

Each sport has their own set of rules that comply with the National federation rules, Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster festival rules as well as those of the event organiser and of BIG5 Challenge. Please make yourself aware of these and adhere to them.

How does the BIG5 Challenge Scoring System work?

  • The BIG5 competition will be scored on the athlete’s accumulative finish time from each event.
  • The BIG5Lite competition will be scored on a points system relating to the athlete’s finishing position within each event. Wrap your head around it here.
  • Results will be posted after each event on the Results board within the BIG5 HQ & Hospitality Zone at Cruise Café.

What are the BIG5 Challenge Competition Rules?

  • Finishers Medals will only be awarded to those BIG5 Challenge competitors who have successfully completed all 5 events within their challenge, as verified by the individual events.
  • To be in contention for any prizes, the BIG5 Challenge Athlete would need to have successfully completed all events within their challenge to that point.
  • If a BIG5 Challenge Athlete misses an event or does not complete one of the events:
    • They will no longer qualify for the BIG5 Challenge Competition.
    • They may continue to participate in the remaining events as an individual.
    • They may continue to take advantage of their BIG5 Challenge benefits.
    • They may take podium at any event but will not be recognised as podium within the BIG5 Challenge Competition.
  • BIG5 and BIG5Lite winners will be awarded at the Finale Prize Giving on Saturday 7th July 2018 at Cruise Café directly after the Forest Marathon Prize Giving.

What Prize money is at stake in the BIG5?

BIG5 Men Women
18+ years 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Prize Money R10 000 R5 000 R3 000 R10 000 R5 000 R3 000
  • Only BIG5 entrants are eligible for the Prize Money i.e. BIG5Lite athletes will not qualify for any prize money but will be awarded accordingly with podium medals and other.
  • Winning athletes must be present at prize giving to collect their prize.
  • Prize money will be paid via EFT.
  • Prize Money will only be paid out once the race results have been verified.
  • All participants in the BIG5 are eligible for the prize money i.e. The Athlete with the least accumulative time will be deemed the overall winner. the athlete with the second least accumulative time is second, etc. irrespective of the age group category. There will be a separate competition for Males & Females.
  • An athlete is eligible for only one cash prize.
  • The Following Age Categories will also be awarded:


  • 20-39 (Open)
  • 40-49 (Masters)
  • 50+ (Grand Masters)



  • 20-39
  • 40+ 

When is Prize giving?

There will be a prize giving after every race where the BIG5 Challenge podium finishers will be recognized under their respective race distance categories. The Official BIG5 Challenge Finale Prize-Giving will take place on Saturday 7th July at Cruise Café.  The Finale Prize-Giving will be free to all BIG5 and BIG5Lite competitors. Partners and Children are welcome. Confirmation of attendance to be completed by Tuesday 3rd July at the BIG5 HQ & Hospitality Zone.

Prize breakdown

The tables below show the breakdown of podium medals that will be awarded at the respective BIG5 Challenge Prize Giving Functions on Saturday 7th July. Any additional prizes are subject to change and therefore will be communicated closer to the event.

BIG5 Men Women
OPEN AGE GROUP 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
40 – 49 years 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
50+ years 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
BIG5Lite Men Women
OPEN AGE GROUP 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
40+ years 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd

Is there a preferential start group for the BIG5 and BIG5Lite entries in each event?

There will be preferential start groups in the Momentum Weekend Argus Cycle Tour, the Featherbed Trail Run and the MTB X, for all BIG5 and BIG5Lite athletes.

What are the various Start times?

BIG 5 PROGRAM of Events
FRIDAY 29th June
13:00 – 20:00 Registration Cruise Cafe
Saturday 30th June
08:00 – 13:00 Cycle Tour MTB 80km – BIG5 Festival Grounds
09:00 – 12:00 Cycle Tour MTB 50km – BIG5Lite Festival Grounds
12:15 – 12:30 Awards Ceremony – Cycle – BIG5 and BIG5Lite Winners only Festival Grounds
Sunday 1st July
08:00 – 12:00 Cycle Tour Road 50km – BIG5Lite Festival Grounds
10:00 -12:00 Paddle – 11km – BIG5Lite Yacht Club
None Awards Ceremony – Cycle – BIG5Lite
None Awards Ceremony – Paddle – BIG5Lite
Monday 2nd July    
12:00 – 14:00 Lagoon Swim 1.85km – BIG5 Cruise Café
12:00 – 14:00 Lagoon Swim 1.85km – BIG5Lite Cruise Café
14:30 Awards Ceremony – Swim – BIG5 ONLY Cruise Café

Tuesday 3rd July

09:30 – 11:00 Trail Run 15km – BIG5 Buffalo Bay
11:00 – 12:15 Trail Run 11km – BIG5Lite Buffalo Bay
12:30 Awards Ceremony – Trail Run – BIG5 Cruise Café

Thursday 5th July

09:00 – 12:00 MTBX Start – 24km (BIG5Lite) Cruise Café
10:30 – 13:30 MTBX Start – 32km (BIG5) Cruise Café
13:30 MTBX Prize-giving Cruise Café
Friday 6th July
12:00 -15:00 Registration Marathon Cruise Cafe
Saturday 7th July
04:30 – Taxi shuttles to the start line Lourie Park
08:00- 11:00 Marathon – 21km – BIG5 Finish Festival Grounds
08:00- 11:00 Marathon – 21km – BIG5Lite Finish Festival Grounds
12:45 – 14:00 Awards Ceremony – Marathon – BIG5 and BIG5Lite Festival Grounds
14:00 – 15:30 Final Awards Ceremony – BIG5 and BIG5Lite


What are the costs of any Temporary License fees?

Temporary licenses are applicable to

Road Cycle and MTB (if not a 2016 CSA member) R35/event/person

Road Running – Half marathon (if not a 2017 ASA member) R38/person


Are Timing Chips compulsory for all the events?

Each of the individual events run on their own timing systems as listed below. For 2018, all BIG5 & BIG5Lite athletes will be issued with a BIG5 specific timing device at registration. This is to be worn during every event along with the below listed event timing chips. This is to ensure that the athlete receives results for the individual event as well as live results for the BIG5 Challenge.

Road Cycle and MTB (Disposable electronic Timing Chip)

Road Running – Half marathon (Disposable electronic Timing Chip)

MTB X (Timing Board Chip R150.00 refundable deposit)

Trail Run (Disposable electronic Timing Chip)

Swim – Manual Timing

Paddle – Manual Timing



Will all events use race numbers? Where must they be displayed?

 MTB cycle

Bike numbers must be mounted on the handlebars facing forward. These bike numbers contain the timing chip. There are no numbers to be worn on the athlete’s body.


Road Cycle

Race Numbers must be worn on the back of the body and timing boards are to be secured to handlebars of bike.


Trail Run

All athletes will receive a race bib with their race number on to be worn for the duration of the race and handed back to the organisers after finishing.



Bike numbers must be mounted on the handlebars facing forward


Half marathon

Run Numbers must be worn on the front of the body

Timing device in lace of shoe


Where will results be displayed?

Provisional results will be available live online and printed out on the notice board at the BIG5 HQ & Hospitality Zone at Cruise Café after the event. Verified GC results will be posted on the website by 19:00 the same evening of the race.


Is there any special equipment I need?

You will need to have all of your own equipment for each event. No equipment will be lent to any athlete.

Wetsuits – For the Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim – wetsuits will most likely be optional. Please note however that the water temperature in winter in the lagoon averages around 13-17 deg but can reach as low as 9 deg.

For the paddle – life jackets must be worn

All BIG5 Challenge athletes must check the individual events for any equipment requirements and or restrictions


Some very Important Rules:

Cycling events:

Participants must complete all events under their own power

Age will be calculated as at 31 December 2018

Obey all traffic regulations and with instructions from race and/or traffic officials


Personal Audio/Music Devices: No type of sound/music device is allowed during competition. Examples: NO headsets, tape players, CD players, MP3 players or 2-way radios may be worn. If you would like to use a Go-Pro to capture your race, you will need to check with the individual events for their ruling on this.

Must club colours be worn in all events?

Club colours must be worn for the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forrest Marathon only. Athletes to please check requirements with each individual event. Event and federation rules apply.

What is the BIG5 appeal procedure?

Please note that the Partner Events are stages and officiated by each of the Partner Event Organisers and associated federations respectively. The BIG5 Challenge results are taken form each Partner Event’s results, therefore any dispute with regards to their results or position need to be lodged directly with the respective event organisers. It is also up to each athlete to understand the process, for objections or queries for each partner event.

Is there a kid’s zone at the race village?

Yes, the Momentum Children’s zone on the top field of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds is the official kids’ zone, this will be in operation on both weekends of the festival but not during the week.