Fifth Annual Run Rocklin largest yet

Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation benefits from charity event
By: Michael Althouse
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An estimated 1,800 registered runners descended on Rocklin’s Johnson-Springview Park last Sunday for the fifth annual “Run Rocklin 5K & 12K Run/Walk.” Billed as a “premier spring time family event,” the race not only attracts serious runners, but also families, friends and co-workers for what has evolved into a community social event. In addition to the registered participants, many more came to watch and cheer on the runners, visit the many vendor booths and enjoy the complimentary food and drinks provided by Randy Peters Catering and Event Planning as well as other vendors. Ian Carpenter, a Rocklin Resident since 2003, made sure the food stayed stocked at the Randy Peters Catering tent. “We donated all the food … the coffee, tang, pastries and fruit,” Carpenter said. “Randy and Lisa (Peters) are so connected with the community. They have always felt it is important to support their community.” Although the race has supported various charities over its five-year history, for the last two years the proceeds have gone to support the Matt Redding Memorial Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation provides financial support to graduating seniors from Del Oro High (Matt’s High School) and the two Rocklin High Schools. The purpose of the Foundation is to continue and encourage the pursuit of education in protective services such as law enforcement and the medical field. 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. According to Larry Osborne, the race director for the past three years and its title sponsor for the first two, the event will likely remain partnered with the Matt Redding Foundation. “The money raised directly benefits Rocklin kids,” Osborne said. Although Osborne was pleased with the turnout and recognized the event has evolved into an annual social event, he made it clear that there is a purpose for it. “The sheer fact that we’re five years into it, it has become (a community event), but I don’t want to take away from why we’re here,” he said. Osborne also commended the volunteers who helped put on the event, saying, “It’s all about the people. It’s about the participation.” “People say, ‘thanks for doing all this work.’ But its all the people here who have done it all,” Osborne said. One race volunteer, Susanne Linnane, said the event has become more of a social gathering, “but there are the cream of the crop – maybe 20 percent are here to win.” Linnane also said that there were about 50 teams of six runners or more, some consisting of police officers from various agencies. The Sacramento Police Department, participating for the second year in a row, fielded a team for the race. “We’re here to support Matt Redding’s family,” said Officer Al Miller. “It looks like a pretty good turnout.” Moms in Motion, a women’s fitness group based in Lincoln, also had a team running in the race. “We train hard,” said team leader Toni Rusinek. “This is our first time in this race and I have not seen anything I don’t like about it. It’s professional and well-organized.” All registered participants received a ribbon and top finishers in several categories received prize money ranging from $50 to $100. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe, Mike Keck won $50 for his top place in the 40-year-old plus masters division. “I came to be competitive,” said Keck, who races in 15 to 20 events per year. “This is a good early race. It’s put together so well.” Even Rocklin Mayor Brett Storey ran in this year’s event. “It’s a great event. It benefits Rocklin kids,” he said. “Matt Redding is one of my heroes.” Matt Redding’s father, John Redding, was one of the volunteers helping with the event. “It warms our hearts that people would care so much and love Matt so much,” he said. “He was a Rocklin son, we are richer in our hearts and in our lives because of him.” Marilyn Redding, Matt Redding’s mother, echoed her husband’s sentiments. “I think it’s wonderful that the community comes together to remember Matt this way,” she said.