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Meg's Miles: Running in honor of Meg Menzies

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Meg Cross Menzies, a beloved wife and mom to three children, was killed on Monday, January 13, when she was struck by an SUV as she was running about a mile from her home in Hanover, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch and other local media sources report that Meg was struck at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 13. Meg was a stay-at-home mom who loved to run.

Meg, a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, was training to run the Boston Marathon in April. She is survived by her husband, Scott, an Ashland police officer; sons, Gabriel and Whitfield; and daughter, Skye.

Meg is also survived by her parents, in-laws, two brothers and scores of friends. A devoted Christian, Meg also served as a substitute teacher at Kersey Creek Elementary School.

Runners and non-runners from coast to coast and around the globe will strap on their shoes on Saturday, Jan. 18, to run "Meg's Miles" in honor of Meg.

More than 36,000 people have committed to run or walk on Saturday in Meg's memory. To join the run and show your support, visit the Facebook page, Meg's Miles.

The goal of the organizers of the global event is to honor Meg and raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.

Many who run will wear blue, Meg's favorite color. All who plan to participate in Meg's Miles are invited to share pre-run or post-run photos with thoughts, prayers and condolences using the hashtag #megsmiles on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

According to the Facebook posting, it's not a coincidence the hashtag reads either "Meg's Miles" or "Meg Smiles". Meg's will be smiling down on all who are running.

Members of the Richmond Road Runners Club will gather together to run in their friend's memory on the James River Trail in Byrd Park on Saturday morning.

Many of Meg's sorority sisters, Sigma Sigma Sigma at VCU, will meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Byrd Park. Meg's sorority sisters ask all who are running or walking with them to wear purple, the sorority's color, in Meg's honor.

The obituary published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch states that contributions may be made to the Meg Menzies' Memorial Fund at any SunTrust Bank, EIN: 46-7236030, or the Ashland Police Foundation, c/o Chief Goodman, 601 England St., Ashland, Va. 23005.

Another way to help the family is to purchase a memorial t-shirt through BonFireFunds.com. The t-shirt features a running shoe with angel's wings, Meg's name and the hashtag #megsmiles.

Meg Menzies was loved by many and will be sorely missed; however, her friends and family believe she's resting in the arms of Jesus.

The driver of the SUV, Dr. Michael J. Carlson, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI in the accident.

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