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Posted: September 12, 2013 8:31 p.m.

3,000 is goal for 30th Fuzz Run

In this, the 30th year of the popular Fuzz Run in Covington, organizers are hoping that 6,000 shoes will be laced up for the 1-mile walk/run and 5K Saturday.

Those 6,000 shoes would translate to 3,000 participants, and thus more money raised to support the organization that receives race proceeds, the Police Who Care fund.

“We’re expecting at least 2,500, hoping for 3,000,’’ said Covington Police Department Capt. Ken Malcom. “That number would be great for our 30th year.’’

Mother Nature is certainly on board, with a late-summer/early-fall forecast calling for highs in the low 80s Saturday.

The 1-mile run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Registration is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday at Conyers Street gym, the starting and ending point of the race. Registration also will be available on race day, beginning at 6:30 a.m. for the early birds. The cost is $20.

“Ghost runners,’’ those who want to support the cause but skip the running, also are welcome, Malcom said.

A health/business expo will be held today, Sept. 13, at the gym. Participants are invited to come by to pick up race packets and avoid the Saturday morning throng. There are a record number of vendors for this year’s event, Malcom said, and more than 400 door prizes will be awarded Friday and Saturday, including big-screen TVs, computers, iPads and restaurant gift certificates.

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