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#megsmiles honors mother killed on morning run

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – More than 45,000 people have responded to a Facebook invitation to run Saturday in honor of Meg Menzies. The Hanover runner, and mother of three, was killed Monday while on her morning run.

“As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere,” a message on the Meg’s Miles Facebook page read.

“This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, 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,” the post continued.

The page encouraged runners to tweet, Instagram and post running photos using the hashtag #megsmiles.

“It’s not a coincidence the hashtag reads either ‘Meg’s Miles’ or ‘Meg Smiles.’ She will be smiling on all of us forevermore,” the post read.

When Brooke Roney in Texas learned about her friend’s death in Central Virginia, she wrote an article as a way to remind runners to be safe.

“Runners do their long runs on Saturdays and it just turned into, let’s run in her honor and just went from there,” Roney said.

In less than 48 hours, Roney’s idea went viral on social media. As a result, her article blossomed into what is now an international event with over 45,000 people slated to take part.

“A lot of people that are going to run on Saturday didn’t know her. But in a sense they did, because they’re all runners,” said Road Runner Running’s Justin Kendall.

Menzies was running along E. Patrick Henry Rd., near Hickory Hill Rd., Monday morning when she was hit by a 2008 Toyota Sequoia.  Investigators charged Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, with involuntary manslaughter and D.U.I., according to Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Chris Whitley.

Roney hopes her friend’s death will bring more awareness to runner and cycling safety across the country.

13 comments

  • Weirdo (@1str8guy)

    not that it could have helped in this situation, but when i run, and presumably “share the road” with drivers of vehicles, i do NOT wear headphones. basically it is personal preference. headphones are more of a distraction for me. but i do believe that by not having them allows me to be more aware of my surroundings and alert to any possible danger. just a tip for fellow runners.

    • mgs

      I believe that comment was directed at the part of the article that specifically talks about headphone volume, not to the dead woman. Note the first part of the statement.

  • Tiffay

    This event has grown to over 9000 people now.

    As a side note, I know you are simply providing a tip to those who run but Meg did not run with headphones. She was also an avid and seasoned runner who knew to stay alert and aware of her surroundings. I would just hate for anyone to assume that Meg contributed in anyway to this senseless and preventable tragedy.

  • runnergirl

    No one thinks she contributed to her own death. But there is nothing wrong with reminding us runners/walkers/bikers to take extra precaution as much as you can.

    These things happen all the time to runners/walkers/bikers and they aren’t always hit by a drunk driver. Cars are bigger than us and can’t always see us. Its NEVER a bad thing to remind those to be careful. Thanks for caring about runners.

    Such a heartbreaking tragedy. Meg was such a sweet girl. My heart is broken for her husband and family. Prayers for both families affected by this.

  • cindy perdue

    I knew Meg and her husband Scott. I used 2 work.with the 2 of them @ Bundle Of Joy in Glen Allen Va. My heart goes out 2 her husband and the family. It is heartbreaking how her life ended in such tragic. She will be missed by many and was such an inspiration and touched many lives.

  • Michelle

    I trail run as much as possible because I am terrified of being hit. Prayers for the families. Many lives will be altered forever. :(

    • lovecross

      your fear is justified. i am praying for those who have been directly affected by this devastating tragedy. may god have mercy!

  • Marsha

    Gods love comfort Megs loved ones, give them peace.
    Too cold & snowy for an outdoor run today but hoping to log some treadmill miles for megsmiles today!!!

  • T Bigley

    Very sad story. DIdn’t know her but feel deeply for her family. I am assuming Phillip’s comment was trying to say the accident was caused by a Doctor. I do not see how that has any bearing whatsoever on the events. If the driver was a plumber it should have no different result on the prosecution. Simply because the accident was caused by someone of high intelligence, or who chose a career path to help people. I am not a physician but find it appauling to think that we should judge them more harshly than any other flawed human. Let’s feel for the family and forget loser that caused the death. He or she has to live with that once sober.

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