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Fuzz Run benefits host of non-profits

COVINGTON — The 31st Annual Covington Police Department’s Fuzz Run is set to take place on Sept. 13, with the 1-mile fun run beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K road race at 8:30 a.m.

Cost for the race is $20 per individual or $68 for a family of four, before Sept. 5, or $25 at the pre-race expo, Friday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or the day of the race. Runners may register online at www.active.com. or mail their entries to: The Covington Police Fuzz Run, 143 Oak Street, Covington, Ga. 30014.

The race starts at the Conyers gym across from the Covington Police Department.

For registration forms, or to view the race route or the race commercial, visit www.covingtonpolice.com.

Begun in 1983 by Capt. Willie Davis, under the direction of Chief Bobby Moody, the Fuzz Run has progressed from a fundraiser for officers injured or killed in the line of duty to a conduit to provide funds for several non-profits, among other beneficiaries.

The Covington Police Fuzz Run is the primary source of income for the Police Who Care (PWC) Fund. A number of departmental employees also voluntarily have a deduction from their paychecks each month that goes to the fund.

Annually, PWC contributes to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Special Olympics, YMCA, Project ReNeWal (a shelter for battered women and children), the Miracle League, Shop with a Cop, and a number of other charities. In addition,the fund makes a $300 contribution to the beneficiaries of every Georgia law enforcement officer who is either killed or dies in the line of duty.

The funds raised from the race also benefit citizens with problems such as medical and utility bills, and provide Christmas for children whose parents are without a job.

In the past, the race has also contributed funds to aid a girl suffering from cancer, assist with funeral expenses of children who died unexpectedly, and help to an officer who fell ill with a brain tumor.

PWC has been the top sponsor of the Newton County Special Olympics for over 20 years, donating $2,000 annually to the Special Olympics track and field events and $1,000 annually to the Special Olympics Equestrian team.

PWC has also sponsored the Covington YMCA’s Partner with Youth Campaign for over 15 years, donating $1,000 annually to help sponsor needy Covington children’s participation in the Y’s youth sports programs.

For two decades, PWC has participated in and sponsored a “Shop with a Cop” program, taking 20 Covington area foster children to Wal-Mart annually to shop for themselves and their family members.

And in 2013, the PWC donated $10,000 to the Miracle League of Covington to help build a special needs playground for their new baseball field.

Last year’s Fuzz Run drew over 2,200 runners that participated in either the 5K road race or the 1-mile fun run. The sponsorships from businesses and individuals totaled more than $41,000.