#megsmiles

On Monday morning, a local Richmond area runner was killed while on a morning run by a drunk driver.  She was running on the correct side of the road when the driver, a local doctor who had a BAC of 0.11 at 8:15am, swerved and hit her.  She is survived by her husband and three young children.

Running shoes left at the intersection where Menzie's was hit Source: RRRC Facebook

Running shoes left at the intersection where Menzie’s was hit
Source: RRRC Facebook

Megan Cross Menzies was an avid runner and involved member of the Richmond Road Runners Club.  She clocked in a personal best of 3:05 in the marathon and is a Boston Marathoner.

This news has not only affected our local community but all runners nationwide.  Her story has appeared all over from local news stations, to the Huffington Post, to Runner’s World.  The running community has once again proven to be relentless in the face of a challenge, to only grow stronger and closer during tragedy.

I have attached a handful of links of what happened on Monday as I feel my words cannot do the story justice.  On Saturday (tomorrow) there will be a virtual run in honor of Meg, where all runners are encouraged to share what Meg loved to do.  There are already over 68,000 people “attending” on the Facebook page, Meg’s Miles.  Here is an excerpt from the page:

This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.

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Olympian Kara Goucher tweeting about the #megsmiles event.

Olympian Kara Goucher tweeting about the #megsmiles event.

Please help share Meg’s story.  T-shirts are being sold to help raise money for Meg’s family and bring awareness to drunk driving.

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6 responses to “#megsmiles

  1. This story actually brings tears to my eyes every single time I read about it. Drinking and driving (heck, texting and driving, anything) makes me feel ill when you realize what the devastating consequences are, and yet people still do it every single day.

  2. It’s so hard when the victim doesn’t do a single thing wrong yet it’s her family that sees 3 children lose a mother. I run on sidewalks but I still think about this sort of thing all the time, a couple years back a local DJ was on a sidewalk walking his dog when a drunk driver totally lost control and hit him, I mean, you can’t do a damn thing to prevent that as a potential victim. I’ll never understand how someone can drive impaired in any way :(

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