Covington PD to host 35th Fuzz Run Sept. 8

The 35th annual Covington Police Department Fuzz Run will be Saturday, Sept. 8. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — The 35th annual Covington Police Department Fuzz Run will be Saturday, Sept. 8. starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Fuzz Run is the primary source of income for the Police Who Care Fund; a fund created as a means to help Covington police officers with medical bills and other financial difficulties.

Annually, the fund 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.

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. Financial assistance is also given to citizens with legitimate, verifiable problems, such as medical bills, utility bills, Christmas for the children whose parents are without a job, etc.

A number of departmental employees also voluntarily have a deduction from their paychecks each month that goes to the fund.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a generous department and community,” said CPD Chief Stacey Cotton. “I am proud to call the men and women of the Covington Police Department my brothers and sisters. It is a blessing to be a part of this wonderful community.”

The fund is overseen by an eight-member board of directors that includes one civilian member of the Police Department, two supervisors, two sworn members, two civilians, and the chief of police or his designee.

Last year, there were about 3,500 runners that participated in the 5K road race, Mary Beth’s Red Bird Run or the 1-mile Fun Run.

Between participants, family members, vendors, volunteers, and police officers, the total approaches 5,000 people; the largest public event in Covington each year.

The sponsorships from businesses and individuals totaled more than $100,000 for the first time in 2017.

All 5K finishers in his year’s race will receive a 35 year commemorative medal.

This year’s race will again be emceed by WSB personality Mark Winne.

Registration for the 35th annual Fuzz Run is still open at www.covingtonfuzzrun.com.

You can also sign up the day of the race with a completed registration form and $35 cash or check.

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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.