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Run Rocklin donates $12K to Redding foundation

By: ToLewis, The Placer Herald
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The Matthew Redding Foundation received a sizeable donation last month, courtesy of Run Rocklin race director Larry Osborne. Osborne presented a $12,000 check to the foundation on June 16 and attributed the gift to the record number of participants in the run this year, which took place on April 20 at Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin. “We basically had an increase of about 20 percent this year over last year,” Osborne said. Last year, about 1,500 runners and walkers took part in the 12K and 5K events with 1,870 participants this year, Osborne said. Now in its fifth year, Osborne said the event is continually growing, partly because of the interest of local law enforcement participation. This year, 28 teams comprising of more than 500 people, mostly law enforcement, schools and private organizations, formed to take part in the run. “It’s fun, it’s encouraging and its just nice to be part of something that has meaning and that people support,” Osborne said. “We’ve created something that has become a tradition. We want to continue to be supportive of Matt’s foundation.” Osborne said he chose to benefit the Matthew Redding Foundation because it is a locally-run nonprofit organization that has a local impact. The Matthew Redding Foundation encourages the pursuit of education in protective services by providing scholarships to graduating local high school seniors. According to the organization’s Web site, this includes the pursuit of education related to the medical field and the protection and security of local, state and national security. The foundation provides financial support seniors from Del Oro High (Redding’s high school) and to Rocklin high schools. Applicants are received from the high schools and are selected by the foundation’s board of directors, the Web site states. Redding was a Rocklin Police Officer from 2001-05. He was a firearms instructor and a member of The Rocklin/Roseville SWAT Team and specialized in drug and alcohol detection. Redding, 29, had been directing traffic in the northbound lanes of Highway 65 south of Stanford Ranch Road after an earlier felony traffic stop around 4 a.m. Oct. 9, 2005 when he was struck by a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Eric Dungan. At the time of the crash Dungan, 26, had a blood alcohol level of .18, more than twice the legal limit. Dungan, an Air Force veteran, was convicted of second-degree murder in May 2007 and is currently serving 15 years to life years in prison.