Matt’s Run fifth year anniversary took place on Saturday, October 16 with about a thousand people in attendance, which includes 150 volunteers and 618 finished runners. To honor the life of Matthew Myers, a Cal Poly Pomona student who died tragically after a car struck him in 2005, Matt’s Run has served as a tradition among students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community, in which participants join in on a 5k run/walk through Cal Poly Pomona.
“This year, I was hoping to increase attendance, earn more money and award more scholarships,” Matt’s Run Chair, Laura Peterson said.
Matt’s Run, which came about by Matt’s parents after his passing, is a university sponsored event, and serves to help fund the Matthew Myers Memorial Fund. This year, ten scholarships were awarded: nine 500 dollar scholarships, and a thousand dollar scholarship.
“Matt’s Run is a fun event that brings a variety of groups on campus together,” says Peterson. ROTC was present, and held a push-up competition at the run. The Bronco Fitness Center was also in attendance to lead a stretching session for the participants prior to the race. The Greek Council was by the flames, flipping patties on the barbecue, and to entertain the runners/walkers, the Bronco Pep Band, Broncettes Dance Team and the Bronco Cheer Squad were there to support the cause.
But the main event at Matt’s Run was of course, the race. The top three finishers of the race were: first place Michael Wagner, 18-years-old, with a time of 17:01; second place Alfredo Folgar, 18-years-old, with a time of 17:07; and third place Albert Diaz, 21-years-old, with a time of 17:15. The top woman of the race was Jena Rendon, 23-years-old, with a time of 21:56.
The Myers Cup, which is awarded to the student organization with the most participation and spirit, is still being reviewed by judges and will be announced soon.
Peterson’s hope for next year’s Matt’s Run is that “the Myers’ vision continues. Their son Matt knew at an early age that he wanted to help people, and the Myers are continuing their son’s vision by awarding scholarships to those students who need it.”