BIG5 Challenge will start with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB

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 2018 with Financial Wellness company Momentum as the Title Sponsor of the BIG5 Challenge 2018, where 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 150km’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.

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

Momentum BIG5 include: Knysna Cycle Tour MTB, Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim, Featherbed Trail Run, MTB Cyclo-Cross, and Forest Marathon Running.

Momentum BIG5Lite include: Knysna Cycle Tour MTB, Knysna Cycle Tour Road or Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge (Paddling), Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim, Featherbed Trail Run, MTB Cyclo-Cross and Knysna Forest Marathon.

“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,” says Carel Bosman, head of Momentum Sponsorships.

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.

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