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Run Rocklin participation increases by 700 people

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Participation was high for this year’s Run Rocklin as approximately 700 more people attended than last year.
According to Run Rocklin race director Larry Osborne, there were 900 team participants compared to last year’s 500 team members. Osborne said that more teams, comined with other factors, led to the higher numbers.
“I think the combination of just the fact that we’ve been around for seven years now … the team aspect … the nice weather,” Osborne said. “Just a nice combination of wather, interest, teams, good luck.”
More than 2,500 people grabbed their running shoes for the seventh annual fundraising run held April 18. Runners from all over the state including the Bay Area, Modesto, Chico and Rocklin attended the event as well as out-of-state participants from Nevada, Colorado, Texas and Washington, Osborne said.
The morning’s festivities included a kids fun run, 5K, 12K and a new one-mile run for kids. Also included were business booths, ice cream and food from sponsors such as Randy Peters Events & Catering, Cool River Pizza and Umpqua Bank.
“We have food beyond bananas and apples,” Osborne said.
Also new this year were group runs throughout the year preparing runners for the race. I Run Rocklin and Beyond gave runners the opportunity to gather and encourage each other with morning runs across Rocklin. Race founder Kate Hay said that people enjoy the social aspect of group runs.
“They’re getting aquainted. They want to run with a group because it’s always fun,” she told The Placer Herald.
The first few group runs were such a success, they continued through the year and will be held to prepare for the 2011 Run Rocklin as well.
“They want more,” Hay said. “People want more group runs during the week and every week.”
Run Rocklin raises funds for the Matt Redding Memorial Foundation in memory of Rocklin Police Officer Matt Redding who was killed by a drunk driver in the line of duty in October of 2005. Last year’s run raised approximately $8,000 for the foundation.
Part of the money raised also goes to the schools with the highest participation. A few hundred dollars is awarded to the schools.
“It’s not much, but everything counts,” Osborne said.
A final tally of how much money was raised during this year’s Run Rocklin will be announced in a few weeks, Osborne said.
For more information on Run Rocklin, go to www.runrocklin.com.

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