Sports Day with a twist

Against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and Florida sunshine yesterday, golfers teed off and runners laced up, while a separate group stayed in and rolled out mats for a yoga session, new to the Sports Day lineup this year.

Duty Free show attendees donned their running shoes early Sunday morning for the 5K Fun Run/Walk, raising money for at-risk children. Thanks to a donation made by event sponsor Essence Corp., this year’s run/walk benefited Hand in Hand for Haiti. Markus Suter, Sales and Market Manager – Lindt for Otis McCallister/American Caribbean Gateway, crossed the finish line as the fastest male runner for the second year in a row. Carmen Poel Francesch, Account Manager, Agile Media – Drinks International, came in as the fastest female runner. “It’s great to do this, very motivating, especially since it’s for the kids,” Suter said.

For those attendees seeking a chance to stretch out — mentally and physically — before the week begins, a yoga session was added to yesterday’s Sports Day activities. For yoga lovers such as Jessie Hines with Monarq Group, the session was the perfect way to prepare for the busy week ahead. “Yoga is such a great way to center yourself. It was a great way to prep for a busy show like Duty Free, which is so busy and has so much going on,” she said.

The golf tournament is always a big hit, and this year was no exception. IAADFS once again thanks American Caribbean Gateway/Macanudo Cigars for its support of the 2017 tournament, as well as World Equity Brand Builders (WEBB) for sponsoring the tournament reception.

Golf tournament results

Winning team: Carlos Clement & Erasmo Orillac,  Motta Internacional

“Most honest” team:  Renaud Mortemard de Boisse, Maison Montagnac & Etienne Hendrickx, Reba Americas LLC

Longest drive: Matt Panara, Otis McAllister Inc./American Caribbean Gateway

Closest to the pin: Anthony Wills, Disney Cruiselines

Forgot to pick up your foursome photo? Stop by booth 1305.