Sandra Vivas raised funds for the Fuego y Agua Calzado Kids Run in 2013 and is doing it again for 2014!
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Growing up in Nicaragua was a bitter sweet experience with a childhood filled with adventures, love, and tragic moments. During my early years I lived in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua with my grandparents. I have always felt a connection between running and growing up in Puerto. One of the memories that often crosses my mind when I'm running is one evening while visiting our neighboor , we heard loud explosions coming from different directions. Unfortunately, it was a very familiar sound as was the pounding of my heart every time the sirens and the ambulance played their melody. My grandma held my hands and said "run and don't stop until we make it home," as she pulled me by arm running down the street I could see the lights flying by and feel the rocks hurting my knees as I fell as we ran, but my grandma never let go of my arms until we made it home to the trench under the house.
I have always enjoyed an active life, but my life changed when I picked up running. My husband who is a federal agent with the Department of Defense, was working and living in Mexico while I stayed in San Diego for work. It was a very stressful time in our lives, and I realized that running helped deal with our living situation. In 2009, my friend asked me to participate in a 10k AIDS charity run. I completed the race under 1 hour and really felt a sense of accomplishment and joy I hadn't felt in a very long time.
Since September 2009, I have completed numerous half and full marathons in different cities. During my travels to Nicaragua I noticed people running early in the morning wearing gear a spoiled runner such as myself would not consider wearing. I was impressed and kept asking myself how I could help grow the sport and introduce it to the Nicaragua children who are the future of such a fragile country.
I learned about Fuego y Agua and Calzado Kids Run earlier this year, the first thought on my mind was an amazing admiration for what it has done for the children in Nicaragua. It has also put Nicaragua on the map of the running community, which is such a great impact for the image people have about the country.
My passion for running and helping others is driving me to run 1000 miles this year while helping raise funds for cancer research with the MFF and Calzado Ometepe Kids Run. Next year, my goal is to start my own charity (RunSandraRun) and be able to be of more help to organizations such as Calzado Kids Run!
Helping children one mile at a time!
-- Sandra Vivas
Live, Love Laugh!
Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua collaborates with Carrera Verde for running shoe donations to Nicaragua
This June, over 400 Nicaraguan runners will receive a pair of running shoes donated by Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua in collaboration with the US Embassy, Fundenic, Managua Runners, and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. The first presentation of this donation will be on Sunday, May 13 at the Carrera Verde in Managua. Fuego y Agua started in 2008 as a vision to bring responsible eco-tourism in the form of an extreme ultramarathon on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. One of the projects every year has been to donate new or gently used running shoes to the children of Ometepe for the NDI/FYA Calzado Kids Race the day after the ultramarathon. This year there were over 450 children running and over 450 pairs of running shoes were donated! There is nothing more wonderful than seeing the children’s faces as they finish the race with their new shoes. After several years of exciting growth, Fuego y Agua has decided to expand their “side” project to all of Nicaragua. The American Nicaraguan Foundation will be providing shipping and logistics support while Managua Runners will provide assistance in distributing the shoes to those runners who need it most. Donations come from runners in the US as well as Soles4Souls, RunningWarehouse.com and Marathon Kids. The purpose of the donations is to provide those who cannot afford running shoes an opportunity to train and compete. Fuego y Agua encourages healthy living through running and intends to grow the sport in all of Nicaragua. Fuego y Agua is proud to work with Fundenic (Yo No Tiro Basura), the US Embassy, Managua Runners, and Nicaragua’s Carrera Verde to make this donation possible. We look forward to working together in the years ahead to accomplish the mutual goals of growing responsible eco-tourism, a better protected environment, and an increasingly healthy population.
As everyone knows, a race is not a race without Sponsors and Volunteers. So we would like to take some time to thank all of our wonderful 2012 Fuego y Agua Event Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors and Partners! Please click on the above link to learn more about each sponsor.
- Nutrition is provided by Honey Stinger, PowerAde, Bearded Brothers and Nestle Fitness
- Health and Medical provided by Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, Natural Doctors International, TriggerPoint Therapy and KT Tape.
- Cross-Promotion and Marketing provided by Greengo Media, Tejas Trails and Lost Worlds Racing.
- Calzado 5k Children's race support provided by MarathonKids, Running Warehouse, Natural Doctors International and Team Traverse.
- Aid Station and Course Support provided by Managua Runners, Giants Foot Surf, Texas Parkour and Hacienda Merida
- Gear provided by http://www.lunasandals.com/, Fuel Belt and ActiveATX.
- Logistics Support provided by Fundacion Centro Empresarial Pellas.
Thank you all and here is to a successful 2012 Fuego y Agua Event!