Last October, tragedy struck the Cal Poly Pomona community when a car accident fatally injured a promising communications student walking across Kellogg Drive.
A year after Matthew Myers' untimely death, hundreds of people are expected to gather in his honor for a memorial 5K run/walk Oct. 14.
Proceeds raised by the Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk will perpetually fund an endowed scholarship in his name for Cal Poly Pomona students.
“Running was always a part of Matt's life,” his mother Chris Myers says. “It helped him to discipline himself and give him focus. He would have wanted to help people this way.”
As a Cal Poly Pomona junior, Matthew Myers was nearing graduation and deciding on a career path to follow. He was thinking about a service-oriented career, possibly ministry work, Chris Myers says.
She believes her son's aim to pursue a career dedicated to serving others and his commitment to physical fitness plant the perfect seeds to honor his life with a memorial run.
The 5K course will traverse the Cal Poly Pomona campus, and is accessible to wheelchairs. Roads along the course will be closed to street traffic. Snacks and drinks will be provided along the route, and participants who pre-register are guaranteed a T-shirt.
Volunteers and sponsors are needed. The cost to participate is $15 for any student with a school ID who pre-registers and $25 for others. On race day, registration is $20 for students and $30 for others. For more information visit www.mattsrun.com or call Laura Johnson at (909) 869-4852.