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Meg's Miles
by on Friday, January 17, 2014  (3 comments)

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/489458451159627/ 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.

http://www.runnersworld.com/fun/the-list-friday-january-17?page=single

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.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/cops-jogger-james-callaghan-hit-by-two-vehicles-killed-in-laurel-1.6811493

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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3 comments
Ryan

Thanks for posting about this. I actually saw it earlier in the week but didn't post about it here. You did far better than I could have in bringing this up and I'm glad someone did here.

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Lighty

It seems Meg's Miles has picked up tremendous momentum and people continue to run for Meg. I've read many stories of people getting back out to run after years of not running, or just starting to run or walk because they were inspired by Meg's story. It is sad that Meg is no longer with us in body, but her spirit lives on and is inspiring people to get out and run. A glimmer of light coming from a tragedy.

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Ryan

It really has been something to see. Obviously, it's horrible that Meg was taken from her family or friends. However, I think a silver lining has been the number of people who are getting back into running or walking or taking it up for the first time. I saw that a local person I know pretty well ran for the first time in months in Meg's memory. Meg is affecting the lives of people who never knew her.

I'd say another silver lining might be the awareness we have in our own safety. I know I've found myself thinking a little more about how I'm interacting with cars on the road and trying to do so in a safer way. Of course, the real power would be in getting drivers to also think similarly. I recently read an article about how we should begin treating distracted driving and, more generally, reckless driving the way people began treating drunk driving in the early 1980s. Attach a stigma to these things so they become socially unacceptable. How much safer would our roads be, how many lives could be saved? Maybe I'll look that article and blog on it when I get a chance.

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