Meet the Fuego y Agua Events Team
Fuego y Agua Events would not be possible without these people. We have an amazing team! from Ultra Caballo Blanco in Mexico, Hunter Gatherer in Texas, to Fuego y Agua in Nicaragua.
Read more below about our teams of organizers!
Fuego y Agua Events LLC.
Founder/Director of Fuego y Agua Events LLC. | Ultra Caballo Blanco Co-Director
An avid ultra runner and traveling enthusiast, I spent the first ten years of life as a missionary kid in Mexico and Central America. Although mostly Scottish and Irish, I learned Spanish as my first language. Once of age, I continued traveling to Central America and Mexico for adventure and to quench my thirst for the beautiful culture.
My dream has always been to work with the people of Central America in environmental and economic sustainability. When I began running ultra marathons, everything just clicked for me, I would develop a sustainable footrace on Isla de Ometepe. This way I could not only work with the local economy, but I could also have an incredible and challenging event at the same time. Since then, the little race on Ometepe has expanded to other events worldwide.
Fuego y Agua Events LLC. Brand Manager | Fuego y Agua Nicaragua Co-Director
I've been drawing ever since I learned that crayons are not for eating. As a result, I currently work as an interactive art director for a digital marketing agency, and simultaneously run my own freelance business on the side. However, I am also a firm believer in work/life balance. Ultra running is my re-centering point where I can release stress, rediscover myself, and gain new insight and inspiration.
Fuego y Agua effortlessly combines these two passions for me, and it has become a deep and fulfilling part of my life. I strive to bring to light the incredible experience that this race has become through our marketing, design, branding, and photography efforts - and share it with you!
Hunter Gatherer Ultras Co-Director
Fuego y Agua Events LLC. Director of Business Operations
A desire for adventure and service led me to the US Peace Corps in 2011 where I worked as a Small Business Development Volunteer on the Island of Ometepe. There, I was introduced to the world of ultrarunning and changed practically overnight from a lifetime of despising running to a running enthusiast finishing my first ultramarathon (CCUM) in March of 2013. Originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, I volunteered for the local volunteer fire and EMS departments for several years, have traveled to dozens of countries around the world, and, in 2010, graduated from the University of Maryland. I can now be found in Austin, TX running trails, practicing yoga, or climbing trees with Josue in the parks around town.
Fuego y Agua Events LLC. Marketing Consultant
Christian Griffith loves to move his body. Running, surfing, skating, SUP'ing, swimming, and just about anything that involves hurling one's body in various directions; but life can't be all fun and games, so when it's time to be professional, Christian digs in as Vice President of Digital Strategy at Freebairn & Company Advertising Agency in Atlanta, Georgia, developing integrated advertising and marketing campaigns for a various clients from universities to retail lighting stores and everything in between. Lastly, and most importantly, Christian proudly holds the distinction of the most 100K finishes at Fuego Y Agua, and plans to come back every year to hold on to this title.
Fuego y Agua Events LLC. Race Marketing Assistant
I have a natural enthusiasm for connecting with interesting people, amazing events, and truly great causes. Over the past several years I have found all three of these to be overarching aspects of the ultrarunning community. I am excited and proud to be a part of the Fuego Y Agua team as a Race Production Assistant. By managing marketing, social media outreach, sponsorship requests, and email queries I strive to ensure that runners and sponsors are supplied with all needed information and that the Race Directors have the support needed to continue producing some of the best races on the earth.
Ultra Caballo Blanco
Ultra Caballo Blanco Co-Director | President/Chair of Norawas de Raramuri
Growing up in the farmlands of Indiana, brought appreciation for the blessings of family, community, and honoring the bountiful gifts from Mother Earth. Raised with six brothers, running brought a sense of freedom. My family encouraged me to follow my passion of servitude with humility and grace.
As a Marathon Coach, I’ve had the joy of making a difference in the lives of others, one step at a time, as we celebrate this magical journey across the finish line, while raising funds for medical research to find a cure for blood related cancers.
In 2009, a group of dedicated athletes established a U.S. Based Non Profit, Norawas de Raramuri (Friends of the Running People), to encourage the running traditions of the Tarahumara/Raramuri families of the Copper Canyons of Chihuahua Mexico. Through the opportunities gained from their sponsored events, the communities are encouraged to run free, and sustain one another through agricultural, educational, and nutritional support.
In 2002, through the simple dreams of Micah True, El Caballo Blanco, an Ultra Marathon foot race was created, to unite the running cultures of the Tarahumara Indigenous Indians, Mexican Nationals, and International athletes worldwide.
With Micah’s passing, Josue Stephens and I have dedicated our hearts to continue this beautiful celebration, benefiting thousands of families of the Sierra Madre.
My sincere love for the music of Mother Earth, community, and poetry strengthens my spirit every moment I run.
Urique Director of Tourism | Urique Events Organizer
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua & Calzado Kids Run
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua Cause Branding Officer
Committed to incorporating corporate social responsibility through activities and events that help raise awareness for the featured causes. Soliciting involvement and participation that can make an impact, both to the sponsors and the beneficiaries. All the while keeping a finger on the pulse of organizational and community needs, through close collaboration with the key spokespeople and stakeholders who represent special interest groups and causes.
Fuego y Agua Nicaragua | Survival Run Course Designer | Island Logistics Manager
Calzado Kids Run Director | Fuego y Agua Nicaragua Medical Support
Co-founder of Natural Doctors International (NDI) the first international naturopathic relief organization of its kind.
Dr. Parker strives to bring naturopathic medicine to its rightful place in global health. Her dedication to find solutions to global health issues through natural medicine has led her to make the conscious choice to reside outside of the United States. Living on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua, Central America, the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Dr. Parker works as Executive & Medical Director of NDI, attends patients in NDI’s free community clinics, and leads Global Health Courses in Nicaragua 4-6 times per year. As an international doctor, she works in the trenches everyday seeing how structural violence in developing nations affects health care. She thrives to use her activism in natural medicine to inspire students and doctors to become active globally. In addition to her clinical work, Tabatha is a writer, social justice activist, and dedicated wife and mother. She is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) Doctors for Global Health (DGH) and the Global Health Council (GHC).
Adam Friedman, MS, CSCS, CMT, ND
Calzado Kids Run Co-Organizer | Fuego y Agua Nicaragua Medical Support
- Licensed Naturopathic Physician (VT 099.0075873)
- Exercise Physiologist
- Massage Therapist
- Short-Term, Goal-Oriented Counselor
- Neuro-Cranial Restructuring Practitioner (NCR)
What sets Dr. Adam apart is his extensive knowledge and training of numerous complementary techniques and modalities. He has multiple university degrees including:
- Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine
- Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology
- Dual Bachelors Degree in Pre-Physical Therapy and Psychology
Dr. Adam is most interested in helping those with the desire to make positive changes in their lives but don't know where to begin or have tried and failed in the past.
Every patient seen by the doctor undergoes a thoroughly unique physical examination to uncover the root cause of pain, loss of function and/or decreased mobility.
Calzado Kids Run Co-Director/Organizer
Angela is the overseer of every aspect of the Calzado Kids race. From collecting the list of children from all over the island (as well as Rivas), to organizing and distributing the over 500 pairs of shoes, into their correct sizes; making sure every kid gets a pair of shoes, a T-shirt, a medal and a meal at the finish line and handles every issue that comes up within the local community.
Without Angela's commitment and dedication, this race doesn't happen.