Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Big 5 Challenge

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The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is already known as one of South Africa’s premium sporting events, with athletes testing their abilities, skills and endurance at some of the most anticipated and varied events on the Western Cape sporting calendar.

Now, for the fifth year running, the Festival brings you the ultimate in sporting adventures – the Big 5 Challenge. The festival-long challenge will have you cycling and running on both the road and trails, as well as rowing or swimming on the Knysna estuary as you prove yourself worthy of the title athlete.

Cyclists take part in the Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Fest 2013 Road Cycle. photo Jacques Marais

Cyclists enjoy the high speeds possible on the N2 national road during last year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Fest Road Cycle event. photo Jacques Marais / Sony

For the very first time the Festival introduces the Big 5 Lite. The name might indicate a less strenuous challenge, but don’t be fooled – it is still five events in one week, although half the distances of the Big 5.

The Big 5 Lite is for slightly less competitive multisport enthusiasts who want to compete in all the iconic Festival events, but are happy to do the shorter courses.

All Big 5 entrants will have their own registration process, so there is no need for queuing or registering for each individual event. All athletes will receive a custom Big 5 Buff® as well as a finisher shirt and a medal.

In the evening of each race day Big 5 participants will be invited to attend the Big 5 Yellow Jersey Ceremony in which the Yellow Jersey will be handed over to the leading athletes. After the last of the five events, on Saturday July 13, the Big 5 and Big 5 Lite events will culminate in an award ceremony not to be missed – podium finishers and all other finishers will be honored and receive their deserved Race Medals. Time to celebrate and pop the corks.

Click here to enter online

Date
5 to 12 July 2014

Venue
Knynsa Oyster Festival grounds and other Knysna locations

Riders take part in the Knysna Oyster Fest 2013 MTB Challenge. photo Jacques Marais

Riders take part in the Knysna Oyster Festival 2013 MTB Challenge. photo Jacques Marais / Sony

Big 5 Events

To enter the Big 5 Challenge or Big 5 Lite you need to enter five of the following seven Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival events.

Big 5 Challenge

EVENT 1
Saturday 5 July 2014

  • Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 80km MTB race
The Knysna 2013 Lagoon Challenge paddle race.

Leading paddlers working hard in formation at the Knysna 2013 Lagoon Challenge paddle race.

EVENT 2
Sunday, 6 July 2014
(Choose ONE event)

  • Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 100km Road race
  • Knysna Lagoon Challenge 22 km paddle race
  • Knysna Dragons Lagoon mile Swim

EVENT 3
Tuesday 8 JULY 2014

  • Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU – Coelacanth – 14km

EVENT 4
Thursday 10 July 2014

  • Totalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT – Full distance

EVENT 5
Saturday, 12 July 2014
(Choose ONE event)

  • Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon
  • Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Full Marathon

Big 5 Lite

EVENT 1
Saturday 5 July 2014

  • Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 50km MTB race

EVENT 2
Sunday, 6 July 2014
(Choose ONE event)

  • Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 50km Road race
  • Knysna Lagoon Challenge 10 km paddle race
  • Knysna Dragons Lagoon mile Swim

EVENT 3
Tuesday 8 JULY 2014

  • Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU – Seahorse – 11km

EVENT 4
Thursday 10 July 2014

  • Totalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT – Lite

EVENT 5
Saturday 12 July 2014

  • Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon
Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon. photo Jacques Marais

Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon. photo Jacques Marais

Cost

Big 5 Challenge – R2,200
Included in your entry fee:

  • Buff - Big 5Big 5 Buff®
  • Big 5 moisture managment shirt
  • Big 5 finisher medal
  • Daily ranking based on Big 5 point system
  • Yellow jersey ceremony after each race day
  • Award ceremony after final race day at the Cruise Cafe
  • Prize money over R35,000 (Top 3 male & Female)

Big 5 Lite – R2,000
Included in your entry fee:

  • Big 5 Buff®
  • Big 5 moisture managment shirt
  • Big 5 finisher medal
  • Daily ranking based on Big 5 point system
  • Award ceremony after final race day at the Cruise Cafe
  • Great prizes

Big 5 Scoring
In order to rank all Big 5 and all Big 5 Lite athletes against each other- independent of the choice of event – Each Big Five event is scored on a points system where a maximum of 1000 points are allocated for each event.

Click here to see how points are scored
Click here for the 2013 results

Race Entries and Enquiries
Take on the challenge and enter the Big 5 or Big 5 Lite to experience adventure in one of the top 100 destinations in the world.

Click here to enter online

For more information and other queries, please contact:

Keagon or Christine
big5@oysterfestival.co.za

Stuart Marais crosses the finish first at the 2013Totalsports XTerra. photo Jacques Marais

Stuart Marais comes in first at the 2013 Totalsports XTerra. photo Jacques Marais

Accommodation
To avoid dissapointment it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance for this popular event. Visit the Knysna Accommodation pages to find Guest Houses, Hotels & Self Catering Accommodation.

Stay in the know…

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Click her to read how to make your Big 5 a big success

2013 podium finisher, Carla van Huyssteen shares what she liked most about the Big 5 Sport Challenge?

“I like the variability, having to take on multiple disciplines is always a challenge. The whole week is very festive and the Big5 competitors have a sort of camaraderie in the suffering of racing on really sore legs”.

Read the full interview here

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Event Details

Start:
July 5, 2014
End:
July 12, 2014
Category:
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Venue:
Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds
Address:
Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
Area:
Distance:
Cost (Rand):
R2200, R2000

Contact Details

Organiser:
Magnetic South
Phone:
(044) 3822932
c.collins@magneticsouth.net
Updated:
April 25, 2014
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