Saturday, January 18, 2014
Miles for Meg
Last Monday, I'm sure, started perfectly normally for 34 year old Meg Menzies of Hanover County, Virginia. An avid runner since her youth, she headed out on her morning run. She was training for the Boston Marathon, and her husband - also a runner - was running with her. I imagine that their three kids had headed off to school. And then, at about 8:00AM, her time on this earth came to an abrupt and tragic end. A vehicle driven by a physician, who was allegedly alcohol impaired, crossed the line onto the shoulder of the highway and struck and killed Meg. Her husband was by her side as she died.
I don't know Meg, although many in the local running community do know her well. What I know of her- about her running interests, her grieving family, and the fact that she was director of her church's preschool children Bible school on Sunday - came from the newspaper or from talking with others today.
Meg was doing everything right - running facing traffic; running in daylight; running off the road and on the shoulder; and even running into the sun so that drivers should clearly see her as they headed west with the low morning sun behind them. But it was not enough. And now, a husband is widowed, three children have lost their mother, and a genuinely good person is gone.
Today, all over the US of A and all over the world, people signed up to run and walk "Meg's Miles." I am not on Facebook and so did not formally sign up. But I did go out with my friends from the current Team in Training group and put in six miles for Meg. And I logged my participation on this map, and I logged my miles on this website.
May you rest in peace, Meg. All over Virginia, all over the United States, all over the world people you did not know were thinking of you today as we moved our feet.
Here is a view of some of the USA participation on "Meg's Miles:"