Successful First-Run for Charity 5K

Successful First-Run for Charity 5K
Matthew Myers' mother Chris and sister Jenna unveil a memorial plaque following the Matthew Myers Memorial 5K on Oct. 14.
Jaspal Grewall and Ivan Montaino sprint for the finish line in a time of 25:12.
Andrew Komoto, 17, takes a small hill in stride.

Even a little drizzle could not dampen the inaugural Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The successful charity event attracted about 340 runners and 130 volunteers.

The memorial run was held to honor the life of Matthew Myers, who died last year in a traffic accident on campus. The 5K course began and ended where Matthew was struck while he walked across Kellogg Drive near the Arabian Horse Center. After the run Saturday, a permanent memorial was dedicated to him near the site.

“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.

Several students from the Cal Poly Pomona Greek community volunteered at the event and cheered for the runners.

The Farm Store staff members also loaded up the store's truck with fresh produce and to sell at the event and gave out orange slices to the runners.

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