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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

Association to help raise money for Corinth police

The Corinth Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting its first large fundraiser next month, and registration has begun.

The “5K Foot Pursuit Run” will be held May 11 at 8:30 a.m., and all money raised will go toward helping to finance the needs of the Corinth Police Department.

Deanna Smith, treasurer of the association, is heading up the event, to be held at Lake Dallas High School, 3016 Parkridge Drive in Corinth.

“We wanted to do something fun, and since there isn’t a 5K in town, we decided to host one,” Smith said. “ With the A-train trail part of the area, there are many people who enjoy hiking and running.”

Each year, the police department hosts an awards banquet to honor people for their efforts over the past year.

The 12-member organization decided to try to take care of all costs associated with it.

“If we can, that’s what we would really like to do; that way it’s not taken from their budget at all,” Smith said. “If we raise more, we would love to help equip their mobile unit.”

Smith said 5 kilometers is walkable in about 45 minutes, so people don’t have to be runners to participate.

“We want this to be a family activity, so we also have a 1-mile fun run for parents with little kids or strollers to participate,” she said.

Tickets for the event cost $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. You also can purchase a family pack for $65 that covers a family of four.

Smith said any interested in participating are welcome to and registration is now open at

“We would love for this event to become a huge success and something we start annually,” she said.

Online registration closes before midnight May 9.

Smith said people can register at the event as well.

“If you wake up that Saturday morning [May 11] and decide you want to get some exercise or help the police department, we want to be able to accommodate,” she said.

Recent events in Boston have the attention of organizers, and they don’t want anyone to be scared off from having a good time.

“This is a police event; I assure you there will be plenty of officers around to make sure our area is secure,” Smith said.

The Corinth Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is composed of residents of all four Lake Cities communities who have graduated from the Citizens Police Academy in Corinth and has been around for more than a year, Smith said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.