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The BIG5 Challenge – The Most Exciting Adventure Race in SA?

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge
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The BIG5 Challenge – It’s not often that I get super excited about press-releases that land in my inbox, but this afternoon, one of them caught my attention.

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge is coming to Knysna in June/July and sounds like some serious fun.

While it’s too short notice to enter for the 2018 edition, I think I might put together a plan to enter in 2019. That is, if I can get over my hatred of cycling.

Entries Open for Momentum BIG5 Challenge

The ultimate multisport challenge is back for its 9th edition and takes place at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival between 29 June and 7 July. Financial Wellness company Momentum has been announced as the Title Sponsor of the BIG5 Challenge 2018. Entries are now open, and athletes can choose between the Momentum BIG5 and Momentum BIG5Lite

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has established itself as one of the most sought-after events for elite athletes and serious enthusiasts looking to push themselves to the limit.  As an extreme test of endurance, skill and stamina the BIG5 Challenge events give hard-core athletes the chance to enjoy five full-on sports events over the 10 days of the festival. Completing entrants will have covered more than 150 km’s in running, swimming and cycling disciplines. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the winner.

Momentum also sponsors the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on the opening weekend and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon on the second weekend.

The BIG5 and BIG5Lite participants will start and finish with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon’s half marathon respectively, and complete additional events that take place during the week between the two events.

BIG5 Challenge MTB Race

Each event comprises five challenging events, with BIG5Lite offering event options. The below tables illustrate the makeup of each event:

Momentum BIG5

DATE EVENT DISCIPLINE DISTANCE
30 June Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB 80 km
2 July Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim Open Water Swimming 1.85 km
3 July Momentum Featherbed Trail Run Trail Running 15 km
5 July Momentum Health MTB-X MTB Cyclo-Cross 32 km
7 July Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon Running 21.1 k

Momentum BIG5Lite

DATE EVENT DISCIPLINE DISTANCE
30 June Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB 50 km
1 July Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Cycle 50 km
1 July Or Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge Paddling 11 km
2 July Or Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim Open Water Swimming 1.85 km
3 July Momentum Featherbed Trail Run Trail Running 11 km
5 July Momentum Health MTB-X MTB Cyclo-Cross 24 km
7 July Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon Running 21.1 km

Says Carel Bosman, head of Momentum Sponsorships, “By adding the BIG5 Challenge to our sponsored events we hope to add more excitement and energy to the festival.  The beautiful scenery, challenging routes and well-organised events are a definite drawcard, bringing sports enthusiasts to the Festival.  Momentum as a Financial Wellness company is very happy to support healthy, active lifestyles and supporting these events re-affirms that commitment.  The BIG5 Challenge is next level commitment. These athletes know the level of endurance, fitness and mental toughness needed and will have been training to the max to be ready for serious competition.  We wish all the BIG5 Challenge competitors strength and resilience and the best for their five events.”

BIG5 Challenge Trail Running

The inclusion of the Momentum BIG5 Challenge in the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival calendar makes the Festival the ideal “10 days of winter” destination for adventure seekers, serious athletes and families looking for a diverse range of holiday activities.

Visit www.big5sportchallenge.com for further information and to enter.

Visit www.oysterfestival.co.za for Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival schedule.

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