Aguirre and Holt prevail at Henry Farms
A new race to the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series introduced a couple of new winners to the podium.
Joseph Aguirre and Lauren Holt took top honors at the inaugural XTERRA Henry Farms Trail Run, which was completed on October 19 at Jacksonville, Alabama.
Aguirre was the overall winner, completing the 4-mile races in 26 minutes, 21 seconds. Holt was the top female in 31:54. It was the first XTERRA Trail Run victory for both runners.
"I enjoyed the race at Henry Farms tremendously," Aguirre said. "The race staff was thoughtful, the other competitors were friendly, and the day was perfect for a fast time."
Indeed, Aguirre jumped in front early, and stayed in front the entire way, although he was never quite sure of his lead because of the constant switchbacks on the course. "You were blocked from the sight of your nearest competitors by the trees, so I wasn't sure where the other leaders were in relation to me," he said.
Aguirre, 24, is a law student at the University of Alabama. He said he ran cross country in high school, but took some years off while in college.
The race for second place was a close one, with Gene Hood from Attalla, Alabama, finishing in 28:04 to edge Jay Crosby from Madison, Alabama, by four seconds.
Holt is also returning to competitive running this year after giving birth to her second child last year. "I love to run, and have since I was 14 years old competing in local 5K races," said Holt, who is 32 and resides in Hokes Bluff, Alabama.
Holt said a friend explained the course to her prior to the race, so she knew it would be important to have a good start to get in a good position on the single track - "Start strong to gain a good position in the pack," is how she put it.
Holt did just that, taking the early lead and holding it throughout. Hayley Long from Oxford, Alabama, placed second in 32:11, and Amberjean Goodman from Dothan, Alabama, was third in 33:56.
The XTERRA Henry Farms Trail Run was the third of seven events in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run on November 10 at Birmingham, Alabama. That event will take place at the Oak Mountain State Park, and will off three courses for runners - a 21K half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K. To register for the race or learn more about it, please visitwww.dirtyspokes.com.