After 3 days of post-race organization of details, a little race, hear and read some comments, it’s my turn to express my ideas.
First, thanks to each one of the runners that trusted our organization and myself when you registered for the 8th edition of Ultra Trail Fuego y Agua Nicaragua 2017. My respect and admiration to all, just the fact of standing on the start line deserves respect and admiration. All of you should be proud of yourselves.
The 25km seemed they were going to be complicated, especially due to the torrential rain we had the night before, the Mystica ascend is very technical and was confirmed by everyone. Going up and down in 5:54 hours the way Jose Ignacio Perez did, is amazing, as amazing as the 8:03 hours that took Oneyda Montoya from Nicaragua to cross the finish line. Everyone did it and accomplished the goal of getting to the finish.
On the 50km, the race was not easy at all, going up Maderas twice is not a game. It is a total of 2720m of a very technical ascend, same as the downhill. Freddy Rojas did 9:04 hours and manages to take 1st place in what was a challenge against time, weather and mountain. Kathleen Gaffney, not only gets 1st place female, but 3rd general in the 50km. A much disputed category.
Again, Johnson Cruz demonstrates the world what he is made of and reassures his dominance over the island, taking 1st place with an incredible 19:20 hours, this on the 100km. At the same time, Sandra Mejia from Costa Rica, takes 1st female with 23:26 hours, and only female finishing the 100k distance. Both are amazing athletes and persons, that without a doubt they will continue on the success path in this madness of trail running.
As you knew or noticed, Ultra Trail Fuego y Agua, is not a game, and this not a race for the average runner, it is an epic challenge in the life of any regular mortal. Not only for runners, but for organization as well. The complexity of terrain and weather are things you need to understand, then accept and finally enjoy. If we do not understand and enjoy, we would not be able to do what we do. We do things in order to every runner have a great time. We do things the way we would like the events we participate on, to be. It is a long wide road, full of learnings. We hope to have you back next year with a lot of improvements we guarantee you will love.
Lots of people to thank for all the support for this race to be a success. All volunteers, without a doubt you service and support is unevaluable, they were more than 30 that paid attention to all runners at all times. All staff, Guido Fernandez, Josue Fernandez, Gaby Stephens, Josue Stephens, the guides up at the volcanoes, and all of those that in one way or the other collaborated, thank you very much.
And last but not least important, our sponsors, who same as people, are companies and institutions that believe in the project and trust us with their support. Toña Lite, Agua Fuente Pura, Hidramax, INTUR, Luna Sandals, Road ID, Hotel Villa Paraíso.
See you at the next race in Costa Rica this October!