Survival of the Fittest

The Fuego y Agua Survival Run, held February 16th on Ometepe Island, as told through Charles Darwin quotes. At the bottom of the page, you can read several blogs from the Survival runners for details of their experiences.

“In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” ~ Charles Darwin

chickens at starting line copy

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin


“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” ~ Charles Darwin

IMG_1919“An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.” ~ Charles Darwin

Johnson in tree copy“The plow is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man’s inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly plowed, and still continues to be thus plowed by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” ~ Charles Darwin


“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” ~ Charles Darwin

Corinne snuggles with her chicken copy

“I am not apt to blindly follow the lead of other men.” ~ Charles Darwin

Johnson wins the Survival Race.

Johnson wins the Survival Race.

“Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.”~ Charles Darwin


“Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.”~ Charles Darwin


Pac and Johnson blush with excitement. They are the only two finishers of the Survival Run.

“…for the shield may be as important for victory, as the sword or spear.”~ Charles Darwin

The four medals collected throughout the obstacle course

The four medals collected throughout the obstacle course

Blogs from the Survival Runners:

1. From the Tread

2. Barb Wire for Breakfast

3. A True Once in a Lifetime Adventure

4. Dirt in Your Skirt

5. I Did Fail: A Recap of the Craziest Race of My Life

Next post will be a recap of the 25K, 50K, 100K, and children’s 5K. Throughout the weekend, I was awed and inspired by the dedication, determination, and survival skills of all the competitors. Congratulations to everyone! It was an amazing race.

8 thoughts on “Survival of the Fittest

      • wow! you were surely proud of johnson! i trekked up and back down maderas years ago when i was in top shape.. it was a muddy day – 4 hours up and 3 down for me, but if i had to do it a second time, i would have been depleted. i probably couldn’t go up in five right now!!!

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