Meg’s Miles

This article was originally posted by Lighty at the original Blogs.

I would like to share these stories if you have not yet heard about them. Meg Cross Menzies was runner with the Richmond Road Runners Club. She ran a 3:05 marathon and was training for the Boston Marathon. On Monday morning, January 13th, at 8:15am while on a training run she was hit by a drunk driver and killed. She leaves behind her husband and three young children. A friend of hers started Meg’s Miles to run in her honor and raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere. As of right now there are over 72,000 people running all over the world for Meg.

This story really struck a chord with me because I have three children and more than once I’ve had to jump to safety to avoid being hit by a distracted driver. I never gave those things much thought except to be grateful to have escaped intact and irritated at the driver. I suppose I take for granted I’ll come home after my run to take care of my family, my children. Meg never came home after her run. Her kids will never get another hug or good night kiss from their mom. There’s no explanation they can understand why their mommy couldn’t come home anymore. That just breaks my heart. The worst feeling in the world is not being able to take care of and comfort your children. I know Meg does not feel that pain anymore, but we all feel it for her. I think that’s why this story is getting so much attention.

Mark Remy wrote this article in Runner’s World under The List.

He says, "It’s a sad fact that pedestrians, including runners, are hit by cars way too often. Many of them fatally. So why is this case getting so much attention? Why is it affecting so many people, including me, so deeply?

I’ve been thinking about that all week, and I’m no closer to an answer than I was Monday morning. Maybe it’s because Meg was doing everything right, and still got killed. Maybe it’s because she’s left a husband and three beautiful young children behind. Or maybe not everything we want to know is "knowable." Maybe life really is just that capricious."

Sadly, Meg is not the only runner killed on the road this week. Someone posted this article on the Meg’s Miles facebook page.

I’m sure Jim Callaghan also a family and friends who are trying to cope with his loss.

Please be careful, watch out for cars and please tell these runners’ stories. Maybe hearing these stories will stop someone from getting in a car drunk or texting and driving. And if you haven’t signed up yet, please do and dedicate your run tomorrow to Meg and Jim and anyone else who has lost their life to a drunk or texting driver.

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