2017 BIG5 Challenge – 10 Days, 5 Events, 1 Race

Trail Runners take part in the KNYSNA Oyster Festival 2014 BIG 5 Multi-Sport Event on the Garden Route, in Knysna, Western Province, South Africa, RSA

Colder mornings and the light sniffles are simply an inevitable part of autumn. But, along with winter it also brings the promise of the Ultimate Multisport Challenge – the 2017 BIG5 Challenge in Knysna from 7 to 16 July – #10Days5Events1Race

Now in its eighth year, the BIG5 Challenge is the only multisport event covering five disciplines and boasting a field ranging from world class elites to first timers – all competing in one of South Africa’s most iconic and idyllic environments. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be named the BIG5 race winner. (big5sportchallenge.com)

BIG5 Challenge participants are a tight knit group due to the limited number of entries available. Participation boasts entries to a number of South Africa’s biggest mass participation events as well as race day hospitality with complimentary massages and refreshments within the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds, making it a bucket list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar.

BIG5 Challenge offers three levels of participation:

  • BIG5 | 5 Pre-determined events with a number covering longer distances
  • BIG5 Lite | 4 Pre-determined events, with a choice for the fifth. Some events are also slightly shorter in distance to that of the BIG5
  • BIG5 Junior | Encouraging tomorrow’s champions through five events specifically tailored to accommodate younger athletes.

With close ties to the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival it lends itself to the perfect mid-year break with family and friends. The festival boasts a plethora of events, more than 120 in total, from the Forest Family Hike to the Wine Festival and annual ‘Flavours of Knysna’ competition. Let’s not forget the main focus for the festival… oysters, oysters, oysters. A record breaking 107 000 oysters were consumed during 2016 festival at the festival grounds alone.