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Ready, set, run – Run Rocklin Sunday

By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages can gear up for the 8th annual Run Rocklin on Sunday, April 3 at Johnson-Springview Park. “We continue to build on a strong history and the tradition of being good and getting better,” said Race Director Larry Osborne. The event originally began centered around St. Patrick’s Day with the name of Rocklin Run for the Gold, with the intent of raising money to fund a community need. Over the years, the event has funded various projects and places in the community including the restoration of Old St. Mary’s Chapel and the maintenance of the public library. For four years now, the event has supported Rocklin Unified School District schools and the Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation. As of today, Run Rocklin has donated $34,000 to the foundation, which in turn supports graduating high school seniors of Rocklin, Whitney and Del Oro high schools. The contribution alone is one reason why Osborne says people should participate. He also says people should participate for community involvement, for the health of running, and simply, for the fun. Distances for adults include 5K and 12K. Kids can participate in the .25-mile and 1-mile fun runs. Runners say they like the 5K Clover Valley course since it only has a few hills and is a good challenge. Participation fees include a technical shirt, refreshments after the race, and free finish-line photos by Bazu Sports. There is also a bounce house and music for kids. All finishers and kids fun run finishers receive a ribbon. Awards are given to the top runners in each age division, which starts at age 14 in increments of five years. Monetary awards are given to the top overall finishers. The Run Rocklin Committee also awards the top three schools in the district with the highest number of participants with a monetary prize. Those interested in participating or volunteering, go to www.runrocklin.com for more details or to register. Space is limited to the first 3,000 entries. Registration is also available upon race day. Participating is as simple as “putting one foot in front of the other,” Osborne said. ----------------- Run Rocklin When: Sunday, April 3 Kids Run: 7:45 a.m. 12K: 8 a.m. 5K: 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile: 9:30 a.m. Where: Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 5th St. in Rocklin Cost: Before race day: $29 for adults, $15 for children under 18; Race day: $34 for adults; $20 for children under age 18; Kids runs: Free Info: www.runrocklin.com