The road running series is traditionally used for locals and visitors alike to get together for a stride out at various locations around the island, but is also a training lead-in for the Round Rarotonga Road Race in September.
Race organiser Thomas Henderson has taken over the series for 2018 and despite the opening run having a low turnout he isn’t deterred.
“With it being school holidays and with Te Maeva Nui nearly upon us, people’s schedules can be a bit busier than during the term so I am not worried with the numbers to start things off.”
The run began outside Banana Court in Avarua and took competitors on a 2.5km loop down St. Joseph’s Road and onto the back-road by Café Ariki, before returning to the round-about outside Trader Jacks.
Initially Henderson had two separate courses planned, so to offer runners either a 2.5km, 5km or 10km outing but with low numbers, the 2.5km course was instead run twice.
Unlike the X Country series, Henderson said this would be a bit more basic, with no prizes on offer.
“We are running this as more of a training for those who are wanting to build up towards Round Raro, either the 31km or 10km races and might want a bit of motivation from others to help push them along.”
After spending close to three years sidelined with two foot injuries, Henderson is looking forward to tackling the 31km Round Raro race for the first time.
Next week’s run will be held at the Social Centre in Nikao, starting at 5pm