Entries to the new-format Big 5 sport challenge opened on Monday, 23 March 2015

2014 Big 5 Challenge winner, Stuart Marais

2014 Big 5 Challenge winner, Stuart Marais

One of South Africa’s top multi-sport events, the BIG 5 SPORT CHALLENGE offers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery – from mountain biking and running in and around Knysna’s famed forests and hills, to swimming its estuary with a view of Heads.

This year the organizers at WorldSport have streamlined the well-received BIG 5 SPORT CHALLENGE, building on its success as an enviable bucket list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar. From 2015 onwards, athletes will take part in five predetermined events and rankings will be done based on cumulative time. This year participants will compete in the following events:

  • 80km Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – MTB Race
  • Knysna Dragons Lagoon Mile Swim
  • 14km The Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU – Coelacanth Route
  • Totalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT – Full Version
  • 21km Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon Half Marathon

Once again, entrants to the BIG 5 SPORT CHALLENGE will enjoy a one-stop registration process, preferred seeding for all five events, and awards ceremonies for each stage and overall, with the leaderboard being based on cumulative time. Finishers will also receive a shirt and medal with the overall winners being honoured with prize money and trophies.

Think you have what it takes to take on the BIG 5? The 2015 event will have a limited field, with 125 entries available for sale from Monday, 23 March 2015 at noon. Visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or email big5@oysterfestival.co.za for more information. The BIG 5 LITE updates will be announced soon. For other queries, please contact Knysna Tourism at 044 382 5510, or connect on Twitter @OysterFestival, or on Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival.