Luigi Dessy and Alejandra Iglesias ran to impressive victories at the XTERRA Salinas Trail Run last weekend at Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Dessy was the overall winner, completing the 16-kilometer course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds. He finished more than a minute ahead of the other top runners, and it was his first overall victory of this season.
Melvin Rivera placed second, followed by Efrain Soto and Alberto Saldana.
“The course was really extraordinary – very competitive and a little bit technical,” Saldana said. “The terrain was varied, and there were some hills in the first few kilometers. The weather was hot, like 99 to 102 degrees, and the race was in the south part of the island, which is very dry.”
Iglesias placed 10th overall and dominated the women’s field. She finished with a time of 1:32:00, which was more than five minutes ahead of the other top females.
The mayor of the city of Salinas came out to watch the race, and many of the participants stayed for the post-race awards party.
“It was fun and everybody really had a great time,” Saldana said. “It was XTERRA family day.”
The XTERRA Salinas Trail Run was the third of four races in the 2013 XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series. The final event in the series will be the XTERRA Vega Alta Trail Run on August 18. To learn more about the Puerto Rico Series, please visit www.xterrapr.com.