Rocklin Run takes place this Sunday

Experience the joy
By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin residents of all ages can gear up for the 9th annual Run Rocklin, a top notch running event that supports the Matt Redding Foundation and Rocklin Unified School District on Sunday, April 15. “It’s the home street race and I've done it for years. I like that the whole community comes out, it makes for a fun atmosphere,” said Jessica Skalet. Although the event is a premium Northern California race, the event is not exclusively opened to competitive runners. Run Rocklin’s goal is to create a fun, competitive event for people of all abilities to enjoy. The proceeds from the event have benefited the school district and the Matt Redding Foundation, which awards deserving high school senior scholarships. Over the past five years, the event has generated $48,000 to the fund. Distances offered include the 5k and 12k. There is a free Kid’s Fun Run of ¼ mile or 1 mile distance for children. The 5k race is a total distance of 3.1 miles, starting at Johnson-Springview Park and extending through the residential areas near Sunset Whitney Golf Club. The 12k course is a total of 7.46 miles and begins at Johnson-Springview Park and winds through Clover Valley area. Starting times for the 5k and 12k are 8:20 a.m. and 8, respectively. The kid’s ¼ mile run takes off at 7:45 and the kids 1-mile run begins at 9:30. Food and beverages are provided for all participants once they cross the finish line. A bounce house and musical entertainment will also be provided. All preregistered runners, except children, also receive colorful logo technical shirts. Shirts are not guaranteed to be supplied to those who register on race day. Bazu Sports photography will be capturing finish-line moments for free. Participants have the option of sending race updates to as many as five family members or friends via text message. Updates can also be delivered via Facebook. Races will be timed according to Captial Road Race Management’s Chrono Track Disposable Tag Timing system. Awards will be distributed to the top three finishers in each gender’s age division beginning at age 14 and increasing in five-year increments. Monetary prizes are available to the fastest three men and women in each distance event. There will also be monetary prizes for the top three schools with the greatest participation. All finishers, including kids fun run finishers, receive a ribbon. Spots are limited to the first 3,000 entries. Registration can be completed online or at Blue Moose Deli at the corner of Sunset and Pacific on Friday from 2-7 p.m. or Saturday from 9-5. Last year, Run Rocklin attained the record number of participants at 2,800 excluding the children who ran the kids fun run. Race director Larry Osborne said people should register for the race to experience “the joy of running or walking with thousands of your new best friends.” More information is available at