|The third annualMatt's Run boasted a record number of runners with 635 at the starting line.|
|Matt's Run celebrates the life of Matthew Myers, who passed away in 2005.|
The third annual Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk proved to be a record year at every level. The run boasted the largest turnout to date with 635 runners and walkers beginning the race on Saturday morning, Oct. 18. The event raised over $30,000 to support scholarships for Cal Poly Pomona students.
Matt's Run celebrates the memory of Matthew Myers, a former communication student who passed away in 2005.
Featuring a newly USA Track and Field certified course, Matt's Run brought an influx of competitive runners from throughout the region, pushing the competition level. The course record for both men and women fell on Saturday, with Bruce Wayne winning the men's race with a record time of 16:18.1, followed by 2007 champion Christopher Kunkel (16:57.2). Whitney Hurley set a new record among women, taking first place with a time of 19:14.3. The top three finishers in seven different age brackets were recognized with medals. Complete results are available at www.mattsrun.com.
Scholarships were also presented to six outstanding students: Melissa Fowler (Communications), Sabrina Roberts (Communications), Corey McClelland (Graphic Design), Julian Black (Math), Lanre Oguntibeju (Technology Operations Management) and Kyle Krause (Mechanical Engineering).
The university's Greek Council adopted Matt's Run as its philanthropic fundraiser, bringing the support of 1,200 people in 25 houses. Each house raised funds for the event in addition to sending two volunteers and at least one runner.
To recognize the efforts of student groups, 2008 marks the inauguration of the Myers Cup, which will be given annually to the student club or organization that best exemplifies the spirit of the event, through participation and fundraising. The 2008 winning organization will be announced on Wed., Oct. 22.