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Registration now open for 30th annual Fuzz Run

COVINGTON — Now is the time to register for the 30th Annual Covington Police Department Fuzz Run.

The Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Fuzz Run is a community-wide fun run and 5K race that helps raise money for police officers that have been injured in the line of duty, along with other local charities.

CPD Detective Chip Shirah, along with Capts. Willie Davis and Ken Malcom, is organizing this year’s Fuzz Run.

“We are really excited about our 30th anniversary and are hoping this will be our most successful year yet,” Shirah said.

To help celebrate the 30th year of the Fuzz Run, the CPD has released a humorous promotional video which can be seen on the home page at www.rockdalecitizen.com, on YouTube and the Covington Police Department’s Facebook page that pays homage to the 1980s movie, “Back to the Future.”

In addition, American Idol runner-up Bo Bice will sing the National Anthem just before the 5K shotgun start.

For 30 years, runners and walkers have come out on the second Saturday of September to participate in the fun run and race that supports law enforcement officers and other local charities.

Capt. Davis organized the first Fuzz Run in 1984 to raise money for police officers injured in the line of duty. That year, about 12 people participated in the race that began at the Police Department on Oak St. and ended at City Pond Park. Over the years, however, the event has grown in popularity. Last year, more than $30,000 was raised for local charities and about 2,200 runners participated. Shirah said the Fuzz Run is the biggest event in Covington outside the annual Fourth of July celebration.

This year, Fuzz Run proceeds will not only benefit police officers injured or killed in the line of duty, but also $1 per runner will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Other local charities to benefit from the Fuzz Run will be the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, the Washington Street Community Center, Project ReNeWal and Newton County Special Olympics.

The Fuzz Run begins at Baker Field next to the Police Department. The route takes runners down Floyd Street and Newton Drive before winding through the Square and returning to Baker Field. A business and health expo will be held at Baker Field after the race and nearly 150 door prizes will be given away. Shirah said registration forms will be mailed out by the end of the week to previous participants of the Fuzz Run. Registration forms are also available at the Covington Police Department, located at 1143 Oak St., and on the CPD website, www.covingtonpolice.com/fuzz-run.aspx.

The cost is $18 for those who register by Sept. 6 and $20 for registration after that date. A family of four can register for $60.