Bo Bice, American Idol season four runner-up, will perform at the 29th annual Fuzz Run in Covington this Saturday.
Bice finished second to Carrie Underwood in 2005 in the popular TV show and is currently on tour. He was enticed to sing at this year's Fuzz Run after overhearing a Conyers police officer discussing the event at Square Perk. The singer was having coffee there and offered his services.
The singer is set to sing the National Anthem at 8:20 a.m. Saturday during opening events outside the Conyers Street Gym.
The 29th annual Fuzz Run will kick off tomorrow morning following an expo all day. Today, as close to 2,000 participants will both run and walk either a mile or five kilometers ending in the Covington square.
Conyers Street will be closed today as an expo will be held at the Conyers Street Gym from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants can pick up their numbers and T-shirts, while visiting several vendors ranging from health care providers to Grafiti Headbands from South Carolina. Non-race runners can also visit the expo to peruse the booths or sign up for the event.
The expo has been going on for seven years, and boasted 25 exhibitors in 2011. This year, there will be 40 exhibitors at the event modeled after the one held before the Peachtree Road Race.
"We encourage everybody come Today to see the expo and pick up their race numbers," said Officer Chip Shirah, Fuzz Run Director.
During the race, water, which was provided by Walmart and Kroger, will be available at the one-mile and two-mile points. Following the race, water will also be available along with an award presentation.
The streets along the race's routes, which can be found at covingtonpolice.com/client_resources/fuzz%20run%20route.pdf, will be blocked off just before the 8 a.m. start time on Saturday and will reopen after the competitors have cleared off.
For more information about tomorrow morning's run or to signup, visit the Covington Police Department at 1143 Oak Street in Covington or covingtonpolice.com/fuzz-run.aspx.
Staff Writer Bryan Fazio contributed to this report.