Only days remain before a memorial 5K run/walk will be held to honor Matthew Myers, whose life was cut short by a tragic traffic accident on campus last October.
Participants are encouraged to register early for the event, which will traverse the campus Oct. 14.
“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.”
Proceeds raised by the Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk will perpetually fund an endowed scholarship in his name for Cal Poly Pomona students.
As a Cal Poly Pomona junior, Matthew 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 begins and end where Matthew was struck while he walked across Kellogg Drive near the Arabian Horse Center. A memorial of silk flowers, a white wooden cross and running shoes still remain at the site. On the day of the event a permanent memorial will be unveiled.
Roads along the course, which is accessible to wheelchairs, 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.