COVINGTON - The upcoming 26th annual Fuzz Run is probably the only time you'll get away with beating the police at a foot chase.
The popular race, which last year drew 2,500 runners and 500 spectators, is sponsored by the Covington Police Department, and this year will take place Sept. 12.
The event will once again be a 5K run/walk through downtown Covington and include a 1-mile fun run/walk.
The fun run/walk will begin at 8 a.m., with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m., both starting at Conyers Street Gym, behind the Police Department.
The run benefits the Police Who Care fund, which helps police officers and their families with financial needs and also supports local charities.
Early registration is $14 and must be postmarked by Friday. Race day registration is $18. A family four-pack is available during early registration for $45. All registration fees are non-refundable.
The organization with the largest participation will win the Cotton Cup. Early registration is required to qualify.
To register, visit www.covingtonpolice.com and click on "Fuzz Run" or visit the Covington Police Department at 1143 Oak St.
Early registration should be mailed to: Covington Police Department, 1143 Oak St., Covington, GA 30014, with checks payable to Police Who Care.
Spectators can also enjoy free food and inflatables for kids as well as other activities on the baseball field near the gym.
"This is one of the biggest family events that we have every year. It's grown each year we've had it. It's a great place to bring the family and enjoy the festivities and get a little bit of exercise," said Lt. Paul Dailey, Fuzz Run Committee chairman.
Dailey also pointed out that though the run will take place the same day the University of Georgia plays its first home football game this season, the game doesn't start until 7 p.m., so fans will have plenty of time to drive to Athens after the run.
Race packets can be picked up at the Fuzz Run Business Expo sponsored by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Police Department. Packets should be picked up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
The expo will be held between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. until the race ends at Conyers Street Gym on Saturday.
Proceeds will benefit the Police Who Care fund and the Chamber of Commerce.