Big 5 Sports Challenge and BIG5 Sports Challenge Lite


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 the Festival from 1 to 10 July, 2016.  This prestigious multisport event includes the Momentum Weekend Argus 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 multisport stage-race event, athletes compete in five pre-determined events and a point system is used to determine the winners. In the BIG5 Lite, four of the events are pre-determined and athletes will have a choice between three other events, which will 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 table
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 table

  •  A one-stop registration process for all five events
  • Priority access to athlete services such as travel, accommodation, massages, parking and more
  • BIG5 Hospitality area at the Festival grounds including a complimentary EPT, Deep Heat, and Compex massage and VIP access for family members (1x Additional  Adult & 2 Kids)
  • Preferred start groups at each event, excluding the Forest Marathon and BIG5 acknowledgments/ name list on the start line of the various events
  • Complimentary bike wash & lube after the MTB and DualX races, BIG5 bike handlers and bike park at the VIP hospitality area
  • BIG5 Sport Challenge race pack
  • Race/dry bag hand in at the BIG5 marquee
  • Sign on sheets at events (pro tour style)
  • Gala Prize Giving Dinner


If you like racing together 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?

  • 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
  • Early bird entries to selected races at the Knysna Oyster Festival
  • Designated BIG5 Sport Challenge area near the finish of each event
  • A floating trophy will be awarded to the winning club
  • Great social experience for club members competing together

Registration for Club Championship competition is FREE, enter now.

 For More information on the BIG5 Sport Challenge contact our Race Office:
Contact: Wilma Lubbe
Telephone: 072 8718346