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Meg Menzies’s husband: ‘I just want to feel her when I’m running’

Posted: 9:33 AM, Apr 21, 2014
Updated: 2014-04-23 12:12:23-04
Meg Menzies’s husband: ‘I just want to feel her when I’m running’

BOSTON (WTVR) - Four months after she was killed while on a morning run in Hanover County, Meg Menzies was remembered more than 500 miles away during Monday's running of the Boston Marathon.

Meg's husband, Ashland Police Officer Scott Menzies, wore the Boston Marathon race bib Meg wore during the 2012 race while he ran Monday's marathon in her place and her honor.

Hundreds have responded to a Facebook invitation to run in honor of Meg Menzies.

Meg Menzies was killed while running in January 2014.

"I just want to feel, I want to see what she would see. I just want to feel her when I'm running," Scott Menzies said in his first television interview since his wife's sudden death.

Days after Meg was hit and killed by an SUV driver accused of driving under the influence, Scott asked Boston Marathon organizers if he could run the marathon in her place.

"It will be one of the most important days probably of my life," he said. "I want to run it for her, to finish what she started."

Scott Menzies, interviewed in Boston prior to the marathon by CBS 6 anchor Greg McQuade, said the trip to Boston brought back happy memories.

"This entire trip here, I've seen things that I remember from 2012 when we came. I have pictures still on my phone of Meg picking up her race packet and her bib," he said.

Soles of Love

Scott Menzies is not alone in honoring Meg's memory.

Eight weeks ago, a Boston mother touched by Menzies's story decided to create a memorial to the Hanover mother. Using social media, Kel Kelly put out the call for runners to send her their old shoes to create a memorial dubbed "Soles of Love."

Kel Kelly standing with Soles of Love (PHOTO: Jesse Burkett)

Kel Kelly standing with Soles of Love (PHOTO: Jesse Burkett)

"It's breathtakingly beautiful," Kelly said about the 1400-shoe memorial that sits near the Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton, Mass. "The energy that radiates off this structure pulls people in."

Kelly said she received shipments of shoes from places likes Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany and Hawaii. While some shoes crossed the ocean before arriving in Boston, Kelly said many of the 700 pairs of shoes that make up Soles of Love came from Virginia.

"We have so many shoes on this structure from Virginia, it's crazy," Kelly said. "The Richmond area in particular."

Over the weekend, members of the Richmond Roadrunners Club visited Kelly and Soles of Love to add their own shoes to the memorial.

"I just said 'I love you' because I feel like we don't say that enough to the people that we love," Heather Kloepping said about her meeting with Kelly.

"I can't imagine their loss," Kelly said. "I am moved to tears and I did not know Meg."

Soles of Love

As tens of thousands of runners passed Soles of Love Monday, Kelly hoped each runner would take Meg's story with them on the marathon route.

"That's the power of Meg's story and the power of Meg's love and the love people have for Meg," Kelly said.