Matt’s Run, a 5k walk/run, is a growing tradition at Cal Poly Pomona that unites hundreds of participants and volunteers from the university and local community and raises money for scholarships.
The 7th annual Matthew Myers Memorial Scholarship 5k will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. This year, the scholarship endowment will give at least 10 awards, bringing its total to 48 scholarships.
Matt’s Run celebrates the life and legacy of Matthew Myers, a Cal Poly Pomona communications student who died in 2005 after a car struck him on campus. After his death, his family, parents Kevin and Chris and sister Jenna, worked with the university to sponsor an event that would give back to the community as Matt did. Since he loved to run and had a passion to serve others, the family decided that a scholarship 5k would be the best way to honor him.
“Our son was an average student,” Kevin says. “Getting an education wasn’t the only thing in his life. He gave his time considerably. He volunteered at church and for youth activities, helped the elderly and had a job. Matt had to work hard just to get a B, but being a well-rounded person was just as important to him.”
Over the years, many students have expressed their gratitude to the Myers family, sharing how the event and scholarships have helped them.
“Our hope is that the recipients will look beyond the financial gain to an understanding of the importance of helping one another and supporting each other,” Chris says. “We’d like to encourage them to continue in those efforts.”
Race & Course Information
The USA Track & Field Certified course takes participants through Cal Poly Pomona’s scenic landscape, past the animal pastures and the citrus groves.
Prizes will be given to male and female winners in various age categories. In addition, the Myers family will honor the scholarship award recipients, as well as present the Myers Cup to the most spirited group or organization.
Runners/walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. Early registration is $20 for students and $35 for adults and children. Registration on the day of the event is an additional $5, and T-shirts are not guaranteed.
Check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m. and the race will start at 8 near the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
For more information and to register, visit mattsrun.cpp.edu.
(Top photo: Runners line up for the start of Matt’s Run in 2011. Bottom photo: Jenna, Chris and Kevin Myers present awards after the race.)