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Run Rocklin slated for April

By: Gary Day, Special to The Placer Herald
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Be on your mark on April 26, for Rocklin’s sixth annual Run Rocklin, a 5K and 12K run and walk coursing residential streets in Rocklin’s Sunset Whitney and Clover Valley neighborhoods. The city of Rocklin, Elephant Ideas Corporation and local businesses sponsor the event each year as a springtime celebration and fundraiser. This year, for the third consecutive year, the event will benefit the Matt Redding Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Police Officer Redding died on duty on Oct. 9, 2005, the victim of a drunk driver. The foundation encourages education in Protective Services with scholarships to graduating seniors at Rocklin and Whitney high schools. Run Rocklin raised $22,000 for the foundation in 2007 and 2008. For race director Larry Osborne, the race and its beneficiary hit close to home. Osborne’s son Christopher is a Rocklin police officer. Also, Osborne is a marathoner whose business sells runners’ ID bracelets. “As a 33-year resident of Rocklin and a longtime runner, I recognized that Rocklin needed a fun race,” Osborne said. “What better opportunity to promote my runner’s ID tags than directing a race in my own home town?” “Sporting events such as this contribute to a community’s health and this event makes a great addition to Rocklin’s event portfolio,” said race originator Kate Hay. “We initiated this event six years ago because of the health-conscious attitudes of many Rocklin citizens and the need for a major sporting event to promote a favorable image for the city.” Osborne is proud that the race draws participants of all abilities. “Both the 5K and 12K distances appeal to many people,” he said. “The short course suits fun runners and walkers and the long course includes rolling hills in Clover Valley for the more accomplished runners and fitness walkers.” The event has gained popularity year-by-year. The first event in 2004 drew 950 contestants. Osborne said he expects 2,000 this year. “The event has grown to a hub of social interaction through volunteering, family involvement and contestant participation,” he said. Most participants are from outside Rocklin. Many come from cities in the Sacramento area but more than 7 percent come from far outside of south Placer County, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Southern California. The 12K begins at 8 a.m. at Springview Park; the 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. The race committee is in need of volunteers; to volunteer call 624-0241. To participate as a runner or walker go to www.runrocklin.com.