MATT’S RUN 08

By Megan Hartman

MATT’S RUN UPDATE

Six hundred thirty five members of the campus community helped
raise over $35,000 at the third annual Matt’s Run Saturday.

The 5K run/walk was created to remember Matthew Myers, who
passed away in fall 2005 from injuries he incurred when he was hit
by a car along Kellogg Dr.

Bruce Wayne, 19, was the first to finish at 16:18.

Whitney Hurley took first in the women’s division at 19:14.

First place winners in each bracket received a fruit basket
donated by the Cal Poly Farm Store and a pair of running shoes from
The Runner’s Zone.

Proceeds raised will be divided among the 2008 Matthew Myers
Memorial Fund Scholarship recipients.

After the race was finished, a ceremony took place to present
numerous awards and scholarships.

Communication student Sabrina Roberts was one of six students to
receive $500 from the Matthew Myers Memorial Fund Scholarship this
year.

“I never thought I would participate in a 5K, but I did and I’m
extremely honored to receive the Matthew Myers Memorial Fund
Scholarship and to do it all in the memory of Matt,” said
Roberts.

The other scholarship recipients were Melissa Fowler, Lanre
Oguntibeju, Kyle Krause, Julian Black and Corey McClelland.

Chris Myers, mother of Matthew, was in awe of how many hands it
has taken to put Matt’s Run together. She said she was grateful to
everyone involved.

“It’s everyone’s collective good graces to get all this together
from the course to the trophies to the business aspect,” said
Chris. “It is such a nice blessing to have all those people come
out together to honor Matt.”

President J. Michael Ortiz was among the participants in the run
and has been a major contributor in helping put the production
together.

“What an outstanding opportunity it is to participate in the run
as it honors Matt and has resulted in creating a lot of goodness
throughout the community,” Ortiz said at the run.

“Matthew was an outstanding student and to have lost him in such
a tragic way was not easy to accept, but to look and see how the
community came together in his name, I’m sure he would be
proud.”

Participants met at the Arabian Horse Center Courtyard for
registration early Saturday morning for check-in and the run began
at 8:00 a.m.

A number of organizations, businesses and private donors
sponsored this year’s race, including Cal Poly Foundation,
Association Students, Inc. and Cal Poly Alumni Association.

Awards were presented to participants who finished within the
top three of each bracket, which were categorized by age
groups.

William Korthof, alumni and solar power lecturer at the Lyle
Center for Regenerative Studies, placed third in his division at
the run.

“I am extremely glad that we could celebrate Myers’ passion for
running on the designated course that encompassed Cal Poly’s scenic
campus as well as have the opportunity do it on a day with such
nice conditions,” said Korthof.

Lupe Villa, member of Alpha Pi Sigma, was one of many
volunteers.

“We were all happy to come together to help our sisters through
the race because that is exactly what the run denotes: unity,” said
Villa.

Tau Kappa Epsilon member Sameer Siddiqui volunteered as part of
his fraternity’s community service outreach program.

“It was great to be here today watching everyone running around
while raising money,” said Siddiqui.

“I definitely am looking forward to coming next year.”

Related Links:

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for exclusive Matt’s Run photos!

MATT

Erik Christiansen/Poly Post

MATT’S RUN 08

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