Adrian Cruz came in second.
The race was 31km around the island that started at 5.30am today.
Olympian Alex Beddoes is again the 10km event winner.
According to Athletics Cook Islands, Athletics vice-president Thomas Henderson was involved in the organising of today’s race but was unfortunately not on the ground this year after relocating to New Zealand in March.
“While it is disappointing to be watching from afar and not being back home to support, the fact that we have been able to still hold this event during this year disrupted by Covid-19 is a real testament to those working hard behind the scenes.
“Being able to still hold this event, as it is our major fundraiser each year for ACI to generate funds for our junior athletes is also a testament to who we are as Cook Islanders and the want to support our youth.
“I am stoked that the local community have got on board to support the race, it is by far the most participants I have seen, both being involved behind the scenes but also as an active supporter from New Zealand for a number of years.”
Henderson said the continued partnership with Destination Management Cook Islands has again been crucial in getting this year’s event underway, which will be without international competitors, probably for the first time in race history.
“We actually started having conversations with DMCK earlier in the year as lockdown progressed both here and in New Zealand as to whether we would hold an event this year.
“They have again been a great partner to have and we couldn’t have got today underway without them. In the end we decided why not hold today’s event. It gives people an opportunity to be uplifted in this time of struggle. Not only are you supporting your family, your mates to engage in a walk, a run, but that support doubles to then supporting our junior athletes.”
With financial strains felt across the island, organisers wish to thank those who were able to provide sponsorship to today’s race. They are Island Car and Bike Hire, Bank of the South Pacific and Cook Islands Tourism, Raromart, Computer Man, Tamarind Restaurant, VIP Hair Style, Sails Restaurant and Bar, Goldmine, VMV Bakery, Yoga with Victoria, Prime Foods, Ride Raro, Island Craft and Vaima for providing water for competitors.
-Additional reporting Athletics Cook Islands.