Big 5 Sport Challenge

Big5 – The nitty gritty

2011-06-24 17:13
The 2011 Nedgroup Investments Big5 Sport Challenge presented by sport24 got underway on Saturday the second of July, by way of the challenging 75km Mountain Bike ride in the Knysna forest.

The compulsory Big 5 events:

  • Saturday 2 July - 80km MTB race
  • Tuesday 5 July - 15km Featherbed Trail Run
  • Thursday 7 July - Full XTERRA duathlon
  • Saturday 9 July - 21km Forest Half Marathon

Plus an option of either:

  • Sunday 3 July - The 100km Road Race
  • Sunday 10 July - The Lagoon Challenge

NB - Only the compulsory 4 events are timed (and scored). The optional event just need to be completed ...

CLICK HERE for the full calendar of Oyster Festival events ...

Timing and points scoring

This year the event will be timed using the tried and tested Sportident timing system, managed by the capable team from Magnetic South events in Knysna.

Each athlete will receive a dibber at registration which will be coded to the participant for the week of the Challenge and carry a specific electronic ID enabling participant identification on the line when their time is taken electronically at the SI station on the finish line.

All Big5 athletes will receive the same start times as they will be either leaving in a dedicated big five batch (mtb) or in a mass start scenario as for the Half Marathon, Duesouth XTERRA and the Trail Run.

On the finish line there will be Big5 marshals to assist participants in “dibbering out” at the sportident stations.

Points system

Points scored will be used to determine the athletes overall positions in the Big5, not their overall time.

In this case less is most definitely more!

Participants will be awarded points for the position they dibber out in! Times will still be taken at the SI stations but only used to break a tie situation, should one arise.

The first athlete will be awarded one point, the second one two points etc until the last athlete crosses the line scoring well over 100 points.

At the end of the week the athlete with the least points will be the winner.

And in a first for the event, Sport24 will publish the full leaderboard after every Big5 event, letting the public know exactly how each athlete is progressing …

Prize money:

Thanks to the support of Nedgroup Investments, prize money will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Mens 1st, 2nd and third
  • Ladies 1st, 2nd and third

Prize Giving:

Prize giving for the Nedbank Investments Big5 Sport Challenge presented bySport24 will be hosted at the Knysna Yacht club at 12h30 on Sunday the 10th July 2011.

Athletes, friends and family are all welcome - not only for the prize giving but to welcome home the Big5 participants who will be completing the FHM Knysna Lagoon challenge on the Sunday morning as their last of the Big5.


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