The Fuego y Agua Ultramarathon and Survival Run


It’s that time of the year again. The Fuego y Agua Ultramarathon and Survival Run starts this week. Ron and I are volunteering at the aid stations like we do every year.

Enjoy this little preview of last year’s Survival Run.

The Ballad of the Ultramarathon Volunteers


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Every morning at half past three, you could see them arise

lugging water and first aid, rubbing sleepers from eyes.

From spheres of the world, they came bearing shoes,

wearing volunteer t-shirts to spread the news.

 

Public-spirited philanthropists, that’s who they are,

Carrying water, first aid, and good will near and far.

 

They climbed the volcanoes with supplies on their backs,

like experienced pack mules, avoiding craters and cracks.

They nourished parched runners with food and drink,

with nary a complaint or blinking a blink.

 

Public-spirited philanthropists, that’s who they are,

Carrying water, first aid, and good will near and far.

 

Then came the day at the end of the race,

a bus packed with gringos and racers made haste,

to Charco Verde to celebrate and rest,

camaraderie, good times, and philanthropy at its best!

 

Public-spirited philanthropists, that’s who they are,

Carrying water, first aid, and good will near and far.

The results of the Fuego y Agua Ultramarathon: Click here.

See You At The Races


Uncle Johnson with sleeping nephew Stephen

Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua takes place on Ometepe Island on February 18-19. Johnson, our 26 year-old friend, has been training for this grueling race since he won the 50 K race in 2009. At 4:00 am in 2009, the 50 K runners gathered at the starting line. An explosion of fireworks signaled the start, and the runners sprinted into the darkness; but, Johnson was not among them.  A few minutes later, two very confused runners arrived at the empty starting line. Johnson and another girl immediately took off in pursuit of the other runners. Ironically, Johnson had never raced in his life and he won with a time of 6:31.

A champion was born! Today, Johnson continues to hone his athletic abilities. A very talented and natural athlete, Johnson is serious about training. He is on the trail at 4:30 am every morning. Then, a quick breakfast before he starts work in the plantain fields at 7 am. In the evening, he takes to the trails, again. He is an amazing and very determined athlete.

Jose's marathon trophies

Jose, our neighbor, won the 25 K in 2009. Jose had never been in a race, either. Neither Johnson or Jose had any formal training before the Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua. I believe this race opened new worlds for these two talented runners. They both joined a runner’s club and often travel to race in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The Race Map

This map exhausts me just looking at it. I can’t imagine racing up and down two volcanoes! This year, Ron and I are volunteering to help the children in the 5 K race on Sunday, February 19th. I am really looking forward to it.

Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua   Check out the website and if you are going to be on Ometepe Island February 18-19, I’ll see you at the races!