I just recently ran into your site and I love it! Thanks for all the wealth of in formation.
I am a co-race director for the tropical Ultramaraton Fuego y Agua held on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua and I was wondering if you would like to include our race in your blog or calendar? I’ve copied below some of the information about the event, but you can find a lot more at www.fuegoyagua.org
I’ve also included a sample of our flyer and our logo in case you would like to use those as well.
Thank you very much, and happy running!
(please see attached flyer)
Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua is an extremely challenging foot race on Isla Ometepe in Nicaragua. The race is composed of four different event options, the 25k, 50k, 100k and a 2/3-person 4-stage 100k relay. The race begins at Hacienda Merida, in the shadow of Volcan Maderas. The 100k and Relay course is a single loop encompassing most of the island and involves the ascent and descent of both volcanoes. The 25k and 50k courses cover part of the 100k course but climb only Volcan Maderas. Because of the volcanoes, the island holds several micro-climates of jungle, dry tropics, tropical beach, and cloud forest. The race course winds through singletrack, dirt road and sand as it passes towns, villages, coffee, cacao and banana plantations, cloud forest, volcanic trail and white sand beaches. The race begins with a pre-race meal the night before and ends with a post-race awards banquet.
The mission of Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua is to bring responsible ecotourism to Isla de Ometepe in the form of challenging and exciting jungle races. Our purpose for the race is to bring an event that gives back to the island without taking anything more than beautiful memories and experiences.
The word ecotourism is a form of tourism that appeals to the ecologically and socially conscious individuals. Generally speaking, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet; typically involving travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.
By using local guides, local food preparation, locally owned hotels and businesses, to name just a few, Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua hopes to boost the local economy and promote sustainable events on the island. Finishers trophies and winners prizes are locally crafted and produced by island artisans.
Runners and volunteers are encouraged to participate in the annual Isla de Ometepe Pre-Race Trash Pickup. This organized effort promotes local awareness of the island as a natural resource that must be preserved and maintained.
Portions of race entry costs and donations are used to host Calzado para Ometepe, a children’s race for local islanders. The children’s race promotes running, fitness, healthy eating and awareness of the island as an endangered environment that must be cared for. All participants of Calzado para Ometepe receive a pair of running shoes donated by supporters and participants of Ultramaratón Fuego y Agua.
Sponsors this year include:
- Hacienda Merida
- Finca Venecia
- Hotel Charco Verde
- Finca El Porvenir
- Moeben Sleeves
- Pepsi Co.
- Hammer Nutrition
- Traverse Trail Running