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Get out your sneakers Rocklin, it’s time to run

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Grab your running shoes and work out gear for the seventh annual Run Rocklin to be held April 18 at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin. This signature city event begins with a 12K run at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 8:15 a.m. Children may participate free in the quarter-mile Kids Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. New this year is a one-mile run for kids, which is free and is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Run Rocklin has become a significant community event that last year attracted more than 25 teams and 1,825 participants. The turnout allowed race director Larry Osborne to present the locally-run, nonprofit Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation with an $8,000 check. A $1,000 check was also awarded to the Rocklin Police Department volunteers. Prize money was also awarded to the top three teams in the schools category. The event will once again feature music and complimentary food from Randy Peters Catering, Cool River Pizza and other local vendors. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group for the 5K and 12K events. Awards and prize money will also be given to the top three male and female overall finishers in the 5K and 12K events. All registered/paid participants will receive a colorful commemorative T-shirt and a finisher’s ribbon. Bragging rights will be awarded to all of our team participants and prize money will be awarded to the top three largest school teams. A popular Rocklin Police Officer, Matt Redding tragically died while on duty October 2005 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle that was driven by an intoxicated driver. “Matt loved this community and would be so honored that people are running year after year in a race that supports a scholarship foundation in his name,” said John Redding, Matt’s father. “Our family is extremely pleased that so many people continue to support Run Rocklin. It’s a great community event and we’re happy the Redding family can be associated with it.” Osborne has a son who is a Rocklin Police officer and has a personal connection with the Redding family even though he didn’t know Matt personally. “The people of Rocklin and other nearby communities have embraced our event for several years and have really made Run Rocklin something special,” said Osborne, a police officer for the city of Berkeley in the early 1970s. “We’ve been fortunate to have tremendous community involvement that has enabled us to grow the event and be able to make a generous contribution each year in Matt Redding’s memory. Everyone connected with Run Rocklin is thrilled to have created something that has become a real tradition.” Adults can pre-register for $27 prior to race day and the cost increases to $35 on the day of the run. Kids ages 18 and under can pre-register for $15; cost is $20 on race day. Teams of six or more people are welcome and all participants will receive a special team T-shirt. Teams must register by the April 1 deadline to be eligible for the special team T-shirt. To register, visit www.RunRocklin.com. For more information about the race or to become a sponsor or volunteer, e-mail Larry Osborne at elephant@eaward.com or call 415-9991. ~ Staff report