Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty and staff and surrounding communities will come together and honor the legacy of a student and raise scholarship funds at Matt’s Run 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at 8 a.m.
Matt’s Run is an annual university tradition that celebrates the life of Matthew Myers, who died in 2005 after a car struck him on campus. After his death, his family decided to sponsor an event that would honor his passion for serving others and inspire future students to do the same.
The route starts on campus at Parking Lot F9 and ends at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. The course takes runners and walkers through the university’s scenic landscape, from orange groves to vineyards to pastures. Along the way, participants also can get close-up views of horses and farm animals.
For the first time in the history of the event, Matt’s Run is seeking community superheroes among its participants. On race day, runners and walkers can come dressed as a superhero or reveal their alter ego.
Since 2006, the 5K run/walk has drawn thousands of people from the campus and surrounding communities. The Matthew Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund endowment has provided over 60 awards since its conception, and adds to that number every year.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome. Registration is $20 for students and $35 for adults. Day-of-event registration is an additional $5. All early registrants will receive a T-shirt and logo item. Prizes will be given to the top male and female finishers in various age categories. The Myers family will present the Myers Cup to the most spirited group or organization at the race.
After the race, the Greek Council will provide hot dogs. The Farm Store’s annual Pumpkin Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday and offer gourds, a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, live music and other family activities.