Registration under way for Fuzz Run

COVINGTON -- There's still time to register for the 29th Annual Fuzz Run, the popular 5K race and 1-mile fun walk/run sponsored by the Covington Police Department.

"Besides the Fourth of July, this is the most participated event in Covington," said Officer Chip Shirah, race director.

Pre-registration runs through Sept. 4 for the event at a cost of $18 per person, or $60 for a family of four. Pre-registration can be done online at www.covingtonpolice.com/fuzz-run.aspx or by picking up a registration form at the Covington Police Department.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, starting from the Conyers Street Gym at 1143 Oak St. Registration can be done the day of the race for $20 per person. The family pack is good for preregistration only.

Packets are available for pick up the Friday before the event, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at an expo in the Conyers Street Gym. About 35 vendors will participate, mostly focused on health issues, and racers can pick up their T-shirts and enter to win door prizes.

Shirah said a lot of people are worried about participating because they're not runners, but, "We've got as many walkers in our race as runners," he said.

This year there will not be cash prizes although winners in each age group will receive ribbons. A special award -- the Top of the Hill Award -- will go to the first 50-year-old to cross the finish line. Proceeds go to benefit the Police Who Care Fund. The fund was created to support officers injured in the line of duty, but "It's never been used for that locally," Shirah said.

Instead the money has gone to help local officers and their family members with medical expenses due to illness, families of officers killed in the line of duty throughout the state and various local non-profit organizations. The majority of funds stay in Newton, he said.