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Event to benefit local charity

Run Rocklin 2008 encourages team play
By: ToLewis
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The Matthew Redding Foundation will once again be the beneficiary of Run Rocklin, taking place April 20 at Johnson/Springview Park in Rocklin, and already the charity stands to fair well. We are now on schedule to break the record attendance of last year, said Gary Day, volunteer for Run Rocklin. Organizers expect about 1,700 runners, a 10 percent increase from last year, for the 5th annual event. Last year, more than 1,500 runners and walkers took part in the 12K and 5K runs, allowing race director Larry Osbourne to write a $10,000 check to the foundation. The Matthew Redding Foundation gives scholarships each year to high school students seeking secondary education in law enforcement or public service. Matthew Redding was a Rocklin Police Officer who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Oct. 9, 2005 while conducting a traffic stop on Highway 65. I felt last year it was a good idea to give money to a charity that was actually Rocklin based, something people in Rocklin could see, touch and feel and actually be a part of, Osbourne said. Matt's unfortunate death created that situation. Osbourne, a retired police officer, said Run Rocklin is putting more emphasis on building teams this year. Last year, we had half a dozen police departments that brought teams and about 50 people to the run, Osbourne said. It was pretty casual, so this year we are focusing more specifically on it. Even though there are no separate fees or categories for teams, Osbourne said the team concept presents friendly competition and a good reason to get groups of people to participate in the run. We've taken a really simplistic approach, Osbourne said. To keep it simple, everyone pays the same price. What the team gets is bragging rights, the synergy of creating a team and making a contribution to a community effort. Sgt. Scott Horrillo is putting a team together for the Rocklin Police Department. Matt was a very important part of many people's lives, Horrillo said. He was a great person, a great officer and a great citizen. Horrillo said there is a bit of a rivalry naturally between the different law enforcement and public service agencies, but getting the team together is more of an informal challenge. We compete together, Horrillo said. We don't want to throw any divisiveness in there. A team is considered a group of six or more runners from a single organization and this year the concentration is on recruiting municipal police and fire department teams to compete for bragging rights, Day said. Run Rocklin will commence at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 at Jonhson/Springview Park in Rocklin. For information about the run, team information or to register, visit www.runrocklin.com. Potential volunteers can call 624-0241.