COVINGTON -- "American Idol" finalist Bo Bice will sing the National Anthem at this Saturday's Fuzz Run.
Bice was the runner-up to Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of the popular televised singing competition. According to Fuzz Run coordinator Officer Chip Shirah, a Covington policeman ran into Bice at Square Perk, a coffee shop in downtown Covington, and Bice agreed to sing at the event. Bice's parents live in Jackson, Shirah said. Initially, Bice's schedule had a conflict and he had to pull out, but on Tuesday he confirmed that he would be attending due to the cancellation of another performance.
Bice will perform the National Anthem at approximately 8:20 a.m. outside the Conyers Street Gym at 1143 Oak St., where the race begins and ends.
Since his success on "American Idol," Bice has released the albums "Real Thing," in 2005 and formed his own label, Sugar Money Records releasing "See the Light" in 2007 and "Different Shades of Blue" in 2010.
The 29th Annual Fuzz Run, a 5K race and 1-mile fun walk/run sponsored by the Covington Police Department, takes place Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Bice will sing between the end of the fun run and beginning of the 5K race.
Pre -registration ended Tuesday and by late afternoon there were about 1,200 racers signed up, but Shirah said that since registration had to be postmarked by that date, there will likely be more to come in. Registration can also be done on race day for $20 per person.
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.
Proceeds benefit the Police Who Care Fund. The fund has been used to assist 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 County.