Attendees run for fun — and for the kids

Duty Free Show runners spent a beautiful morning running a 5K and supporting Escuela de la Calle, a Guatemalan organization that supports the human rights of children.

Duty Free Show runners spent a beautiful morning running a 5K and supporting Escuela de la Calle, a Guatemalan organization that supports the human rights of children.

Nearly 50 Duty Free Show attendees laced up their running shoes Sunday morning for the 5K Fun Run/Walk, supporting at-risk children in Guatemala along the way.

Last year’s inaugural IAADFS 3K Fun Run/Walk raised $3,500 for Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC), a group that works with children living on the streets, former street children living with foster families, and children at risk of becoming homeless in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This year’s run/walk was expanded to a 5K and again benefited the worthwhile cause, raising $5,000.

Members of team Essence Corp., sponsor of the event, congratulate each other after the 5K Fun Run/Walk.

Members of team Essence Corp., sponsor of the event, congratulate each other after the 5K Fun Run/Walk.

Markus Suter, sales and market manager for Lindt, and Walton Ojeda, Latin America director for Rodenstock/Porsche Design, crossed the finish line first as a pair, coming in at a time of 23:56.

“We just met today, but we crossed the finish line together. We are just running for fun, and it’s for a good cause,” Ojeda said.

Not far behind was Andreia Dolabella, advertising and promotions manager for Essence Corp., who came in as the fastest female runner at 23:59.

IAADFS would like to thank Essence Corp. for its sponsorship of the 5K Fun Run/Walk.

EDELAC: School of the Street

This year, Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC — www.escueladelacalle.org), or “School of the Street,” is celebrating 20 years of supporting the human rights of children in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The school serves more than 160 students per year who are at a high risk of living the “street life,” providing educational assistance, medical attention, and resolution of the family issues that led them to the streets in the first place.