COVINGTON — The Covington Fire Department hosted its 10th annual Firehouse 5K early Saturday morning at the American Legion Field in Covington.

More than 560 runners participated, and several received awards.

At $30 a person with family packages available, all proceeds (an estimated $13,000) will benefit the Covington Fireman’s Memorial Trust Fund.

The Fund awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors with priority going to Fire Department families.

The fund has been able to award more than $50,000 in scholarships since its inception and averages $3,000 to $5,000 per year.

First in the race at 17 minutes and 20 seconds was Jody Glidewell from Jackson. Glidewell also won the 5K event in the Covington YMCA Cheerios Challenge in April and has won the Covington Police Departments’s Fuzz Run several times.

Overall female was Anna Fulmer from Covington at 21 minutes and 29 seconds.

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue and Police Academy were also in tow.

A Finisher’s medal was given to each participant and custom made pottery awards were given to Overall Male/Female, Masters Male/Female and top three Male/Female winners in age groups beginning with 10 and under through 75 and over.

Special awards were also given for Top Male/Female in the Public Safety category.

The Fireman’s Memorial Trust Fund, began in 1978 in honor of three firemen — Wallace Bates, Chuck Carter and Andy Aaron — who were killed in an auto accident.

For more information on the CFD, visit their Facebook page at

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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