Get ready for the Fuzz Run

Event raises funds for po­lice char­ity

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

With the heat wave still in full ef­fect, the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment is al­ready get­ting loose in an­tic­i­pa­tion for their 24th an­nual Fuzz Run.

“It’s as much fun as you can have with the po­lice de­part­ment,” said CPD Cap­tain Ken Mal­com.

The Fuzz Run is a 5K run that be­gins and ends at the Cony­ers Street Gym on Sept. 7- 8. The event raises money for the po­lice de­part­ment’s char­ity Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Who Care. Last year the event raised al­most $ 30,000 for the char­ity, which dis­trib­utes the money for dif­fer­ent needs around the county and city.

For those wor­ried about the ex­treme heat, Mal­com said par­tic­i­pants will be of­fered a variety of free liq­uids to help them stay hy­drated. Con­tes­tants can also walk in­stead of run­ning dur­ing the event.

“ We have just as many walk­ers and non- com­peti­tors as we do run­ners,” Mal­com said. “ It’s re­ally just for fun.”

Also in an ef­fort to beat the heat, a one mile fun run for kids will start at 8 a. m. and the main 5K run will be­gin at 8: 30 a. m.

A reg­is­tra­tion fee of $ 13 is charged for par­tic­i­pants who reg­is­ter be­fore Sept. 1 and a $16 fee for those who sign up later.

Run­ners re­ceive a race shirt, free food and a chance to win a num­ber of door prizes.

There are 16 age group cat­e­gories with awards given to over­all first place male and fe­male run­ners, as well as a male and fe­male win­ner for masters first place and grand masters first place. The tro­phies and cash prizes are given to the top three places in each age group.

The run will also in­clude an eclec­tic mix of ven­dors from around the area set­ting up shop, said Lisa Pow­ell, di­rec­tor of pro­grams for the New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Pow­ell said in the early years of the run, most of the expo booths had to do with health, but com­mu­nity re­sponse was so over­whelm­ing other mer­chants had to be al­lowed in the event. Now banks, churches and builders also have booths and ta­bles.

“ I would say that peo­ple are ex­pos­ing their busi­ness to over 3,000 peo­ple,” Pow­ell said. “ So I think they are do­ing pretty good busi­ness. It’s all about name recog­ni­tion.”

On Fri­day, the ven­dors will be set up inside the gym while on Satur­day they will be lo­cated on the base­ball fields ad­ja­cent to the gym. Each booth is lo­cated in an eight- by- eight- foot space. A six- foot ta­ble and two chairs are pro­vided.

Aug. 31 is the dead­line to reg­is­ter for the busi­ness expo. Reg­is­tra­tion for mem­bers of the cham­ber is $ 75 for one day or $ 125 for both days. Non mem­bers must pay $ 95 for one day or $ 150 for both days.

Any­one in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing for the busi­ness expo can call the cham­ber at ( 770) 756- 7510 or visit their Web site www. new­ton­cham­ber. com and click on the cal­en­dar of events.

To reg­is­ter to par­tic­i­pate in the Fuzz Run, visit the Web site www. cov­ing­ton­po­lice. com/ fuz­zrun or stop by the CPD.

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