Ultra-trail race Fuego y Agua is building to be quite an event this February with the likes of Ian Sharman and Anna Frost heading to Nicaragua. 2013 will mark Fuego y Agua’s 4th edition, with 500 participants racing distances of 25k, 50k, and 100k…
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Fuego y Agua is an extremely challenging foot race on the Island of Ometepe. 2013 will mark Fuego y Agua’s 4th annual race and will be, undoubtedly, its largest and most exciting with approximatedly 500 participants and competitors nearly three times the amount present 2012.
In addition to three grueling distances of 25k, 50k, and 100k, organisers have added a never before seen application-only 70+ kilometer Survival Run obstacle course this year with the most extreme conditions and brutal obstacles.
The 100k route ascends and descends both volcanoes and runs around the majority of the island, the 25k and 50k routes run along a portion of the 100k route, and the Survival Run’s course and obstacles are to remain top secret until the athletes start the race but will follow the 50k trail with some “fun” deviations.
The terrain of each distance includes wide dirt trails, paved roads, sand beaches, and single track trails that ascend and descend the Maderas and/or Concepción volcanoes.
This year, dozens of international elite athletes will be joining the competition racing against each other in the 100k distance and Survival Run. Some of the elite athletes include:
• Dave James, Team Inov8 – USATF 100 Mile Champion, USATF 50 Mile Champion
• Ian Sharman, The North Face – 100 Mile Speed Record, TNF 50 Mile winner
• Jorge Maravilla, Team Salomon – USATF 100k Champion
• Anna Frost, Team Salomon – Speedgoat 50k Record Holder and Ultra Champion
• Margaret Schlachter – #1 2011 Fitness Blog, Spartan Elite Athlete
• Jenny Tobin, Team Pearl Izumi – Ironman Utah Champion, 2011/2012 Spartan Race Champion
• Amelia Boone – 2012 Winter Death Race Winner, 2012 World’s Toughest Mudder Winner
• Junyong Pak – 2011 and 2012 World’s Toughest Mudder Champion, 2012 Spartan Ultra Beast 2nd Place
• Joe Decker, Gut Check Fitness – Guinness Book of World Records “World’s Fittest Man”, 2-Time Spartan Death Race Winner
With such notable athletes competing, Fuego y Agua is excited to announce the attendance of several international media outlets covering the event. Reporters from TrailRunner magazine, Outside magazine, and iRunFar.com, among others will be in attendance providing coverage of the event.
Organisers are also expecting to have a separate production company filming the Survival Run and producing a 1-hour documentary about the event to be aired on popular television channels internationally.
While the actual race lasts a maximum of 24 hours, the entire event is spread across multiple days. The Thursday before the race, we will be hosting an island-wide trash pick up day and the Sunday after the race will be the day of our 4th Calzado Kids Run, a free concert for the participants and community, and an after party lasting well into the night.
The Calzado Kids Run foot race is for children ages 8 to 14 and between 2 and 5k depending on their age. Each of the 700 plus child participants will receive one pair of donated athletic shoes provided by Soles4Souls, one athletic t-shirt, and one race medal.
Fuego y Agua is committed to promoting and supporting the local Ometepe economy by sourcing as many goods and services as possible used during the event from these local establishments.
If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, visit the race website at www.fuegoyagua.org or contact Josue Stephens, at (512) 961-6098.