Record crowd runs for Fuzz

Fam­i­lies, law en­force­ment, schools par­tic­i­pate in 25th an­nual Fuzz Run

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

Over 2,500 run­ners turned out in the muggy morn­ing mist for the 25th an­nual Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment Fuzz Run Satur­day

A crowd stretch­ing for blocks launched it­self from the Cony­ers Street start­ing line as chil­dren, adults with strollers, and peo­ple of all ages and fit­ness lev­els took to the streets to raise money for the Po­lice Who Care fund.

Betty Smith and her five grand­chil­dren, Stephanie Robin­son, Keke Robin­son, Aloy­sius Robin­son, Jr., Mi­ata Robin­son, and Bruce Smith, Jr. par­tic­i­pated in the 5 kilo­me­ter race to­gether for the first time.

“And boy we’re pay­ing for it too,” she said, laugh­ing. “We all started out to­gether but as we spread out, we all left each other. But we ended up back to­gether.”

En­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers, such as Wilna Mullis of Ox­ford, who came out to sup­port her son in the race, cheered the run­ners along the route and handed out cups of wa­ter.

While many were sim­ply par­tic­i­pat­ing for fun, there were also a num­ber of pro­fes­sion­ally com­pet­i­tive and out-of-town vis­i­tors.

“This is a great race,” said Mark Comp­ton of Athens, who had par­tic­i­pated in the race sev­eral times be­fore as part of the Run & See Ge­or­gia se­ries. “When­ever they have a race that the po­lice are in charge of, it goes re­ally well. They just have a lot of con­nec­tions,” he said.

Claire and Gareth Stride, New Zealan­ders who are liv­ing in Du­luth for three years as part of a teacher ex­change pro­gram, said they were sim­i­larly im­pressed.

The over­all win­ners and in each age cat­e­gory were called to the stage to re­ceive their prizes. Spe­cial recog­ni­tion was given to Donna McDaniel of Cov­ing­ton, who man­aged to par­tic­i­pate in ev­ery 5k race since the Fuzz Run be­gan 25 years ago.

CPD Chief Stacey Cot­ton was pleased at the turnout. “I’m ex­tremely proud of the hard work of Ken Malcolm and all the staff and vol­un­teers,” said Cot­ton. “I’m just re­ally ex­cited about the turnout and the fact we broke 2,500 run­ners on the 25th an­niver­sary.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Above) pack of run­ners head down Cony­ers Street to be­gin the 25th An­nual Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Fuzz Run 5K race Satur­day morn­ing. The Fuzz Run had record at­ten­dance this year with a to­tal of 2541 reg­is­tered run­ners. (Left) Fuzz Run par­tic­i­pants make their way down Clark Street past the His­toric Cov­ing­ton Court­house dur­ing the 5K run Satur­day morn­ing.

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