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February 18, 2012

Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua 2012 Post Race Newsletter

Thank you to all of those who participated in the 3rd Edition of Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua as Runners, Volunteers, Sponsors, Spectators and Supporters! It was a huge success on so many levels. The family atmosphere and comraderie was very strong and made for a unique experience most of us will never forget. 

We are already getting things ready for 2013 and Registration is NOW OPEN

Records and Results
The temperatures were high this year, definitely our hottest race up to now. The temperature did not keep runners in the 25k and 50k from tearing up course records though! Johnson Cruz Barrios of Isla de Ometepe demolished his own 50k Course Record of 2009 by almost an hour finishing in 5:18. Gabriela Stephens of Pennsylvania, USA brought the Women's 50k Course Record down over an hour finishing in 7:50! Dirian Bonilla of Jinotega Nicaragua tore up the 25k Course for a 2:15 Finish, bringing the record down by 17 minutes. Gillian McCarthy of Ireland brought down the Women's 25k Course Record by finishing in 3:06. 

The 100k had an almost 50% dropout rate with 19 starters and 10 finishers. Ben LaVigeur won the men's 100k in 13:08 and Mary Bridges took the women's win in 20:16. 

We would never be able to accomplish this race without the support of our incredible volunteers. Hauling massive amounts of water and equipment through brutal terrain to the volcano Aid Stations is only one of the many exhausting tasks our volunteers go through. The positive energy and encouraging attitudes of all volunteers were what helped the runners get through their races this year. Thank you Volunteers!

Shoe Donations and Calzado Kids Run
A massive Thank You to all of those who participated in gathering shoes and/or hauling shoes down to Nicaragua for the Kids Race. Over 400 children participated from all over the island, our biggest event yet! Hauling duffel bags full of shoes on a plane can be a very tough ordeal, but the looks on these kids faces made everyone's effort completely worthwhile. Thank you Everyone for your Massive Effort, We did it!
Thank you to Marathon Kids for donating the 400 shirts and medals for the Kids Race, this was the icing on the cake and all of the children were very proud to wear their shirts and medals.

Sponsors and Supporters
Our Sponsors this year really came through for Fuego y Agua and were extremely supportive. We could not have done it without you and look forward to your support for next year!

Official Fuego y Agua Photography was provided this year by Un-Focused Photography. 3 Photographers were all over the course all day and took a lot of excellent photos. Please contact them on their website if you are interested in getting any photos from 2012.  *Un-Focused Photography will also be at Fuego y Agua 2013. 

We are excited about what 2013 will bring. Runners are already signing up quickly and we will be capping the race at 100 runners per distance. We also hope to collect even more shoes for an even bigger Calzado Kids Race!

The 100k Challenge still stands, run it in under 11 hours and you will get a refund on your entry fee! 

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at

"corre como loco, cambia tu mundo" ("run like crazy, change your world")
Josue & Paula | Race Directors

Calzado 5k Kids Race 2012 - a letter to all of our supporters

Josué and I are so excited, the big day is almost here! The other evening we had a Skype conference call with NDI, the organization that helps to co-produce the Calzado 5K, and Tabatha was telling us that several of the local children, due to excitement about the race, have been eagerly training for their big day. As many of you may know, the Calzado 5K is a Fuego y Agua event that aims to donate free running shoes to local children of Ometepe, and then with NDI's help, produces an invigorating 5K race that they can all participate in. Our goal is to help promote awareness for a healthy lifestyle and running as a form of enjoyable fitness.

I still remember the first time we organized the Calzado 5K: we had children showing up to run in everything from flip flops, to tight leather shoes that looked like they had been resuscitated out of an old, dusty box. As you can imagine, good quality running shoes are a rare and expensive commodity there. That is why it is so important to the children that we bring running shoes to their race.

This year we are expecting over 400 children! To make this race happen we really need help from every FYA friend we have. Our biggest challenge, surprisingly, is not finding 400 pairs of shoes, but rather transporting 400 pairs of shoes to the island. Over the years we have been trying to discover an effective method to transport such a high volume of shoes, but so far we have not found a feasible solution.

The true success of this endeavor lies in every member of the FYA family pitching in. If each runner and volunteer could bring anywhere from 10 - 15 pairs of new or gently used running shoes we could easily reach 400 pairs of shoes, and bring much excitement to hundreds of children!

I would like to extend my deep gratitude to all of those who have already pledge to bring many more pairs of shoes than this; we are extremely grateful.

We also accept donations to sponsor the kids race, and to help pay for the over-sized baggage fees and shipping costs that we find ourselves battling with as we try to transport large amounts of shoes. Donations can be made at our Registration Page.

I have many happy memories of last year's Calzado 5K. I remember seeing several runners and volunteers excitedly pointing as children would saunter by in a pair of shoes they had personally donated for the race. Or how when the number of shoes available started to get a bit low, we had a few runners who in a beautiful act of kindness donated shoes right off their very own feet! As you can see, Fuego y Agua is much more than a race. It is a community of athletes and friends who hold a strong belief in running for greater causes.

So please join in and help us organize a great race for the children of Ometepe this year! To learn more about the Calzado 5K and what you can do to help please visit our Calzado 5K page on our website.

Josué and I look forward to meeting (or re-greeting) each of you in a few weeks time.

— Paula

*Photos courtesy of John Frierson Photography

Calzado 5k - what can you do to help?

Fuego y Agua is coming in only two months and it is time to get shoes for the Calzado 5k!

What is Calzado 5k?

[caption id="attachment_1192" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo by John Frierson"][/caption]In a nutshell, Calzado 5k is a yearly 5 kilometer race for the children of Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. The event is held the day after the Fuego y Agua ultramarathon races. One of our biggest goals for Calzado 5k is to donate a pair of new or gently used shoes for every child that runs the race.

What can you do to help?

Of course coming down to the event as a volunteer would be the most fun and exciting way to participate but you don't have to be come down to help out!

In 2009, we had 350 children run the race and only 300 pairs of shoes to donate. Shipping shoes down can be very expensive. We can use a lot of help with bringing shoes down or helping to get them shipped down.

Different ways to help out:

  • Come down and Volunteer!
  • Set up shoe collection boxes in your schools, running stores etc.
  • Runners & Volunteers, bring as many shoes down with you as you can!
  • Raise money for shipping shoes down.


  • If you plan on shipping shoes down for the event, the lastest possible date to ship will be January 15th. packages are always held up in customs and take a very long time to arrive.
  • Shoes should be new or gently used. Not only running shoes, but any shoes a child can run in are acceptable (Converse, Skate Shoes etc.)

Click Here for a PDF that you can use as an information handout!

Visit the Calzado 5k Page or Contact us to tell us how you can participate!

Thank you -Josue & Paula | Fuego y Agua Race Directors