The Rocklin community came out to support the Matt Redding Memorial Scholarship Foundation at the annual Run Rocklin race, which kicked off at Johnson Springview Park early Sunday morning. 2,500 racers ran 5K and 12K courses which looped around Rocklin. Even kids got into the action, with a quarter mile and mile fun run.
"We've given close to $100,000 throughout the years," said race organizer Larry Osborne. "We want to benefit the same people that Matt's foundation wants to benefit, which is kids going to school to learn how to be involved in public safety."
The Matt Redding Foundation, name after Rocklin police officer Matt Redding who was killed in the line of duty in 2005, provides scholarships to graduating seniors looking to pursue an education in protective services such as law enforcement, firefighting, medical, and military. Funded entirely by donations and fundraisers such as the Run Rocklin race and their upcoming annual golf tournament at Whitney Oaks in June, the non-profit organization has recently broadened its reach to include graduating Roseville students, in addition to those in Rocklin and Del Oro, Redding's alma mater.
"It's a wonderful feeling for us to have people come out and support Matt's foundation, to support him," said mother Marilyn Redding. "It's wonderful to be the recipient of funds each year from this race, which is very popular here in Rocklin."
Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence and his family came out to run together. "I'm running to honor Matt Redding and to come out for this great community and support a good cause," he said. "I love this community, I love the people who live here, and I'm proud to be their police chief."