1,100 expected at annual race supporting police department

Approximately 1,100 runners are expected at this year's Pear Run set for 7 a.m. May 9 at the Pearland Town Center.

The Pear Run features USA Track and Field-sanctioned 5K and 10K courses as well as a Kids Fun Run for ages under 10.

Registration for the event's 5K and 10K runs is $35 through May 7. The run's registration fee is $40 on race day. There is no cost for children to participate in the Kids Fun Run.

To register before race day, visit www.pearrun.com. Registration and packet pickup is being conducted between 2 and 7 p.m. May 7 at Wild Pear Running, 9330 Broadway St., Suite 400.

Race day registration is to be conducted between 6 and 6:45 a.m. at the Pearland Town Center's pavilion.

The event is more than a race. For 11 years, the run has served as the main fundraiser for an organization that provides financial and volunteer support for the Pearland Police Department.

Last year, the event raised more than $30,000 that went into the general fund of the Pearland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization of graduates of the city's Citizens Police Academy. Funds raised through the group's membership dues and fundraising activities such as the Pear Run are used to purchase items the police department needs that aren't in the city's budget, said Stacey Glaesmann, a member of the alumni association's Pear Run Committee.

During the last five years, the Pear Run has raised almost $100,000.

To join the alumni association, members must have gone through the Citizens Police Academy, which is celebrating its 20th year. The next academy class will begin in August.

Class participants will learn about officer survival, patrol procedures, SWAT, gangs, criminal investigations, traffic laws, juvenile laws and the penal code. The class is free. Participants must be at least 18 years old, however, participants who are 17 years old may attend with an adult family member. All participants must pass a background check and complete an application. To sign up for the Citizens Police Academy, fill out an online application form at www.pcpaaa.com. For additional information, contact the department's community service officer, Daniel Hamminga, at 281-997-4171, email dhamminga@pearlandtx.gov, or visit the academy's website.