Sixteen competitors took part in the new relay format, which saw five teams head out onto the 1.3-kilometre course at Takitumu Primary.
Teams were made up of a mixture of family members and friends, all eager to begin the series off with a strong race.
Event organiser Thomas Henderson said he was pleased with the opening turnout.
“It was really pleasing to see the teams turn up despite the rough weather we had earlier in the week,” he said.
“It was also really awesome to see a guy like Nick Ruygrok, who is here on the island for a holiday, who decided to just come down and have a go and do the solo five-kilometre course in a time of 25 minutes, 22 seconds.”
The first team across the line was the Brotherton family, who were 54 seconds ahead of Ruygrok. Dad Tristan, alongside his two boys Reed and Ruben, put in an impressive effort to maintain their lead over the second-placed team and claim the top spot in a time of 24 minutes, 16 seconds.
Kevin Henderson and Kuini Manning initially started out as a two-man team but were then joined by Junior Peraua and Roly Quirke, coming in as the third and fourth runners to finish in a time of 26 minutes, 23 seconds.
The series will continue next week at Takitumu Primary but back to the original individual race.