The Rocklin Run heads down a different path this year with a new name and a new focus. To honor a fallen police officer, the 4th Annual Run will donate its proceeds to the Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation.
The event, previously called Rocklin Run for the Gold, will take place on Sunday, April 15 at scenic Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin. The event committee has set a goal this year of 2007 runners.
Race Director Larry Osborne is hoping to more than double the number of participants so a sizable donation can be made to the Matt Redding Scholarship Foundation.
A popular Rocklin Police Officer, Redding tragically died while on duty in October, 2005 when he was struck and killed by a vehicle that was allegedly driven by an intoxicated driver.
“Matt loved this community and would be so pleased that people were running in a race that supported a scholarship foundation in his name,’ said John Redding, Matt’s father. ‘The Rocklin Run is a great community event and we’re happy the Redding family can be associated with it.’
Osborne has a son who is a Rocklin Police Officer and has a personal connection with the Redding family.
‘I didn’t know Matt personally, but from what many people tell me he was a wonderful man and a dedicated police office,’ said Osborne, a police officer for the City of Berkeley in the early 1970s. ‘We’re hoping the community embraces our event and helps us make a generous contribution in Matt Redding’s memory.’
The 12K Rocklin Run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 8:15 a.m. Children can participate in a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run at 7:45 a.m.
There will be food, music and prizes at the finish line, making this race a true community event. Food will include pizza and other delicious treats. Photos are available and there will also be a bounce house for kids.
Trophies and prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. All participants will receive a commemorative, performance T-shirt.
Adults can pre-register for $25 prior to race day and the cost increases to $30 on the day of the run. Kids 18-under can pre-register for $10; cost is $15 on race day.