Runners across the United States and around the world will lace up their shoes this weekend to honor the memory of a woman most of the runners never knew. Meg Cross Menzies, beloved wife and mother of three, was killed when she was struck by a drunk driver on Jan. 13, 2014 as she was running with her husband about a mile from her home in Hanover, Virginia.
Meg, a stay-at-home mom and avid runner, was training for the Boston Marathon at the time of her death. In addition to her husband, Scott, Meg is survived by sons Gabriel and Whitfield, daughter Skye, her parents, two brothers, in-laws, her church family and the running community. In the days following Meg’s death, the Meg’s Miles Supporters Facebook group was created and the hashtag #megsmiles was born.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, group runs will take place in many cities, including here in Lynchburg. Meg’s Miles Supporters will meet at the Ed Page Entrance to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway off Langhorne Road for the 3rd Annual Meg’s Miles Memorial Run. The run begins at 9:00 a.m. so arrive a few minutes early for fellowship and to pick up your running bib.
In addition, runners can join the Meg Cross Menzies 3rd Annual Virtual Run anywhere on Jan. 16. If you can’t join Lynchburg runners on Saturday morning, print off a bib at the website and join in the Meg Cross Menzies 3rd Annual Virtual Run at a time and place that works for you.
These words, taken from the Meg’s Miles Supporter page, describe the group’s focus and mission:
“Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As a Christian, 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.
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, 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– all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment. Grab a friend, or two, or 100 and take them with you! Wear BLUE! Blue was Meg’s favorite color!
Feel free to post pictures of yourself pre-run or post-run, post your distance, post your thoughts, prayers, condolences with the hashtag #megsmiles. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Let all runners unite together and remember the loss of a beautiful spirit. 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 legacy of Meg Cross Menzies lives on in the lives of her husband, children and family. The Meg’s Miles Supporters group has grown to include runners from coast to coast and beyond. Virtual runs have been held in big cities and small communities to honor Meg’s life and her love of running.
For the past two years, runners calling themselves ‘Meggers’ have become like family to one another, dedicating their daily miles to Meg Cross Menzies and other runners who have been killed while running. From marathons to neighborhood miles, the running family continues to remember Meg Menzies.
In death, as she did in life, Meg Cross Menzies serves as an example of Christian love and fellowship as she continues to inspire her family, friends and the running community around the world.