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‘She died doing what she loved,’ pastor said at funeral for Hanover runner Meg Menzies

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - The Hanover mother of three killed Monday morning while out for a run was laid to rest today. Tomorrow, nearly 70,000 people in the Metro and across the world will run in  honor of 34-year-old Meg Menzies.

Friday's funeral service was held at the Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

As the services began Meg Menzies' husband and three children were escorted inside.  The family was joined by nearly 1,000 others who were also out showing their support.

Some of those in attendance included members of the running community who were seen wearing sneakers with their dress clothes.  Also on hand were members of the Ashland Police Department, a force Meg's husband Sergeant Scott Menzies is part of.

The service was filled with prayer, scripture readings and song.  There were also moments of laughter, as Rev. Bill Corey reminded those showing their support the service was a "celebration of Meg's life." Rev. Corey went on to say "Meg died doing what she loved best, running."

Meg Menzies was hit and killed Monday while she ran along E. Patrick Henry Road.  The man charged with involuntary manslaughter and D.U.I., for the death of Meg Menzies, is Dr. Michael Carlson, 47, who is currently out of jail on a $25,000 bond.

The death of Menzies has touched thousands.

On Facebook thousands have responded to an invitation to run in honor of Meg.  Already nearly 70,000 people from California to New Zealand plan to walk or run to remember the mother of three.

The page is encouraging those who are taking place to Instagram, Facebook and Tweet pictures using the hashtag #megsmiles.