Fuego y Agua Events June 2013 newsletter.
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Exciting Growth for Fuego y Agua!

Thank you to our runners, sponsors and supporters, the little dream that was a homegrown Nicaraguan trail race in 2008 has turned into a well known world-class racing event. Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua is rapidly becoming a popular trail running destination, and running in Nicaragua is now becoming commonplace.
Fuego y Agua 2013 had over 300 runners in 4 events, 25k, 50k, 100k, and the brutal 70k Survival Run. The island of Ometepe was packed full of runners, volunters, staff and spectators for the weekend of February 15-17. The Calzado Kids Run had over 650 island children participants, all of whom received a pair of shoes, a shirt and a medal for attending. Next year promises to be even larger and is already in much higher demand, although we will enforce a cap of 400 runners in the ultras due to accommodation and logistical concerns.
Growth is inevitable, and the name Fuego y Agua (fire and water) is becoming synonymous with creating challenging and life changing experiences. To accomodate our expansion to other events, Ultra Fuego y Agua has become Fuego y Agua Events LLC. (FYA Events) As we bring new experiences to places outside of Isla de Ometepe and Nicaragua, we plan on adhering to the motto "Extreme endurance experiences with a philanthropic twist." To avoid confusion, the race in Nicaragua will now be known as "Fuego y Agua Nicaragua," and the Survival Run in Nicaragua will be known as Survival Run: Nicaragua
In addition to Fuego y Agua Nicaragua, FYA Events is now producing the Ultra Caballo Blanco in the Copper Canyons of Mexico with Maria Walton of Norawas. We are very honored to be a part of the production of this wonderful event. We were very excited to bring some of the ideas from Nicaragua to the Copper Canyon this past March. We hosted the first Caballitos Kids Run in the Canyons the day before the ultra, over 400 children ran and received a bag of school supplies, a race shirt and a medal!
The addition of the (by application only) Survival Run in 2013 spawned a completely new subgenre in the world of ultramarathon and obstacle course racing. Of 38 brave starters in the 2013 Survival Run: Nicaragua, only 2 finished. The Survival Run brings an exciting, raw, and very innovative edge to racing, something many athletes are begging for (and many others are not). Because of the popularity of the Survival Run, we will be announcing several new international venues in the next 12 months. For those who missed it, there is an excellent documentary news piece from Canadian 16x9 about the 2013 Survival Run: Nicaragua.
Upcoming Fuego y Agua Events are:
October 5th, 2013 - Rocksprings, TX - Hunter Gatherer Ultramarathons and Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer
  • 50k and 100k self supported Ultramarathons.
  • 50k and 100k Survival Runs.
  • These races are extremely challenging, but only the Survival Runs are by application only.
  • The run-only Ultras are self-supported, which means you need to pack your own drop bags with food and filter your own water.
  • The Survival Runs include obstacles/challenges based on the Hunter Gatherer theme/way of life.
  • A % of the proceeds of this race goes to Norawas, a nonprofit focused on supporting the Tarahumara and their way of life.
November 9th-13th, 2013 - Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua - Eric Orton's The Cool Impossible Ultrarunning Retreat
  • An all-inclusive 5 day ultrarunning retreat with "The Cool Impossible" author and coach Eric Orton on the jungle slopes of Volcan Maderas
  • Retreat will include personal coaching with Eric Orton and trail runs on and around the Maderas volcano, island beaches and through rural villages on Ometepe.
  • All-inclusive with airport to/from transport, 5 days of food and lodging at the luxurious Totoco Lodge Eco-Resort.
February 5th-8th, 2014 - Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua - 5th Annual Fuego y Agua Nicaragua Ultramarathons and 2nd Annual Survival Run: Nicaragua
  • 2nd Annual Survival Run: Nicaragua takes place on Feb 5th, three days before the Ultras. The 70k+ course will be tougher and surprise even the most prepared athletes. Do the double for the ultimate challenge (Survival Run + Fuego y Agua 100k Ultra). You will not finish.
  • 5th Annual 25km, 50km and 100km Races - limited to 400 runners over all three distances. - Stay tuned for rumors of Skyrunning Series qualification!
  • 5th Annual Calzado Kids Run (produced in collaboration with Natural Doctors International) - Help us bring shoes to Nicaragua for the children of Ometepe! We expect over 600 children in 2014, all participants will receive a pair of running shoes, a race shirt and a medal.
March 2, 2014 - Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico - 12 Annual Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco (Copper Canyon Ultramarathon)
  • Co-Produced with Maria Walton of Norawas.org
  • March 1st - Corrida de Los Caballitos Kids Run - We expect over 400 Tarahumara children to attend, all of them will receive a bag of school supplies, a race shirt and a medal.
  • March 2nd - 12th Annual Ultra Caballo Blanco 50 mile race - The continuation of Micah True's dream - Join over 400 Tarahumara in this celebration of running and the way of life in the canyons! - All Tarahumara who run receive blankets, meals, lodging and corn.
  • For donations and support, please contact Norawas.org
Thank you all for support, we hope to see you soon at a Fuego y Agua Event!

FYA 2013 Nicaragua Recap

With a total of over 300 runners in all distances, our 4th Annual Fuego y Agua Ultras was the largest race to date. An elite field dominated the 100k with both Nick Clark (10:34) and Dave James (11:05) going well under the Javier Montero's 2009 course record of 11:08. The 25k had record attendance from a rapidly growing group of Nicaragua runners, many part of Club Managua Runners.
The Survival Run had 38 starters willing to brave the new hybrid genre in obstacle course and ultramarathon racing, only two finished the entire 70km course. Johnson Cruz of Isla de Ometepe and Junyong Pak of Massachusetts finished the brutal course in under 16:30. Our main sponsors were Cerveza Toña (a huge favorite amongst the runners), CITI Bank and Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas.

Calzado Ometepe Kids Run

Thanks to FedEx, Soles4Souls, RunSandraRun, Marathon Kids, Natural Doctors International and our amazing runners! We had over 650 pairs of shoes, shirts and medals for the kids of Ometepe this year! This event is growing fast every year and we need more and more help getting shoes and raising funds to make this happen. As we get more shoes into the country, it is become in increasingly difficult to get through customs, even with donations. We plan on raising enough funds in 2013 to purchase used and new shoes in Nicaragua markets. This will save a lot of shipping and customs costs. Please use the Natural Doctors International Donate Page and be sure to select the Calzado Kids Race as the cause. Run Sandra Run is raising funds by running in events all through the USA, contact her if you want to help out.
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2013 Sponsors

We would like to say a special thank you to all of our 2013 Fuego y Agua Nicaragua sponsors for their part in making this event possible. Our sponsors have helped us with many items including, water for the race, beer post-race, flight discounts, race nutrition, race prizes, advertising/marketing and more.

Eric Orton's "The Cool Imposible" Retreat

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with author and coach Eric Orton for The Cool Impossible Ultrarunning Retreat! Click Here for more information about the all-inclusive 5 day retreat on the jungle slopes of Maderas Volcano in Nicaragua!

What is Survival Run?

Survival Run is not an obstacle course race or an ultramarathon, but a combination of both. It is not a standard definition of an obstacle course race, with mud, manufactured obstacles and gimmicky fire jumps. Survival Run is all about adapting to the environment and taking on challenges that are part of the culture and location where the event takes place. Survival Runs don't pretend to be dangerous, they are dangerous. That is why they are by application only and allow those who are truly physically and mentally prepared to take on the extreme challenges. 
Survival Run also tries to educate and help. For example, all of the Survival Runners in Nicaragua learned some of what it is like to live on Isla de Ometepe as a farmer, hunter, guide or fisherman. They carried chickens, firewood, climbed trees, were arrested by local police, cleaned land for a cacao plantation, dragged logs, swam with makeshift flotation devices, climbed volcanoes, worked for their food and more. On top of that, the chickens were donated to the local village of Los Ramos for food, bamboo poles used for construction of a building, the trees cleared for a local organic cacao plantation, the bottles from makeshift rafts recycled to build homes etc. 
Survival Run will strive for the same type of education and philanthropic twist everywhere it goes, adapting to its location and environment to create the most extreme and challenging experiences on earth. 
Can you finish the next Survival Run? We think not. 
Follow Survival Run on Facebook!

We are excited to announce a sponsorship from LUNA Sandals for the Hunter Gatherer Ultras and Survival Run on October 5th, 2013! There will be footwear discounts available for all entrants and volunteers. 

We are very excited EPIC Bar has signed on to sponsor the 2013 Hunter Gatherer Ultras and Survival Run! Try EPIC Bars today, find them at your local Whole Foods or online. 

Watch the Toña Sponsored Survival Run Nicaragua Teaser Video then stay tuned for the documentary length series - to be announced soon!

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