‘Fuego y Agua’ ultramarathon returns to Ometepe

Fuego y Agua is an exceptionally challenging extreme marathon held each year on the Island of Ometepe. On Feb. 16, we will mark Fuego y Agua’s fourth annual race across the island. This year’s race will undoubtedly be the largest and most exciting so far, with approximately 500 participants and competitors—nearly three times as many runners as we had last year.  

In addition to three grueling distance runs of 25K, 50K, and 100K, we have added a new 70-kilometer “Survival Run” obstacle course that will feature the most extreme conditions and obstacles yet.

This is not your average marathon

The longest race—the 100K route—ascends and descends both volcanoes and loops the majority of the island. The shorter races cover a portion of that route, while the Survival Run will deviate from the normal trail and chart a new course that will remain a secret until race day. The terrain of each race includes wide dirt trails, paved roads, sandy beaches, and single-track trails that ascend and descend the Maderas and Concepción volcanoes.

This year, dozens of elite international athletes will be joining the competition to race 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

the ‘Jungle Gym’ section of the race is riddled with treacherous footing

With such notable athletes competing in this year’s race, Fuego y Agua is excited to announce that several international media outlets will be covering the event, including TrailRunner magazine, Outside magazine, and iRunFar.com.

There will also be a separate production company filming the Survival Run to produce a 1-hour documentary that will be aired internationally.

While the race lasts a maximum of 24 hours, the entire event is spread over four days. The event will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 14, with an island-wide trash pick-up. Then on Sunday, after the race, we will hold our fourth annual Calzado Kids Run, a free concert for the participants and community, and an after-party lasting well into the night. The Calzado Kids Run is a 2K and 5K race for children ages 8 to 14. Each of the 700-plus children who participate in the race will receive a t-shirt, a medal and a pair of running shoes provided by Soles4Souls.

Fuego y Agua is committed to promoting and supporting Ometepe’s local economy by sourcing as many goods and services as possible from island business establishments.

If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, please visit our website www.fuegoyagua.org or contact me, Josue Stephens, at (512) 961-6098.

  • http://www.polylabel.com Raffles97

    I knew of this race being a frequent visitor BUT was amazed to find out how many runners in Canada are aware of this event. This is indeed a world class project and quite a feather in Nicaragua’s cap to have run. Does get the word out about Nicaragua as a place to visit.

    This year I hope to be one of the spectators (I’m thinking my white hair allows me to pass on participating) along with my wife.

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  • Brian

    Viva Ometepe!!