Ometepe Island Hosts Extreme Marathon and Survival Run

Taking place on Ometepe Island on February 16, 2013, Fuego y Agua is a marathon offering runners the option of competing over a distance of 25km, 50km or 100 km, with a new 70 km “Survival Run” obstacle course being thrown into the mix this year. This will be the fourth time the event is taking place and organizers anticipate up to 500 competitors will be participating, among them quite a number of award-winning international athletes. The 100K route winds its way around the island, ascending and descending parts of the Concepción and Maderas volcanoes, traveling along sandy beaches, dirt tracks and paved roads, past towns, villages and plantations. The shorter races use portions of the 100K route. The Survival Run will follow a completely new route that will reportedly only be revealed on the day of the race, but runners are assured that it will test them to the limit.

Kicking off on February 14 with a community trash pick-up, the event stretches over four days with a host of activities. The Calzado Kids Run for children aged 8 to 14 years will take place over 2km and 5km, with each of the more than 700 participants receiving a t-shirt, medal and a pair of running shoes from the charitable organization, Soles4Souls.

Notable athletes signed up for the race include USATF 100 Mile and 50 Mile Champion, Dave James; 100 Mile Speed Record and TVF 50 Mile winner, Ian Sharman; USATF 100k Champion, Jorge Maravilla; Speedgoat 50k Record Holder and Ultra Champion, Anna Frost; Spartan Elite Athlete, Margaret Schlachter; Ironman Utah Champion and 2011/2012 Spartan Race Champion, Jenny Tobin; 2012 World’s Toughest Mudder Winner and 2012 Winter Death Race Winner, Amelia Boone; and two-time Spartan Death Race Winner and Guinness Book of World Records “World’s Fittest Man” Joe Decker.

International media covering the event will include Outside Magazine, TrailRunner magazine and, while a production company will film the inaugural Survival Run for a one-hour documentary to be released internationally.

Fuego y Agua finishes off with a free concert and an after-party for participants, spectators and the community – so don’t miss this fantastic event.