Runners all over the country are gathering on social media to plan a virtual run for a Virginian runner killed by a drunk driver.
Meg Cross Menzies, 34, was killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run near her home on January 13, 2014.
This Saturday, more than 57,000 people will go out for a run in Meg’s Honor. The Facebook group, Megs Miles, encourages people to “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—for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.”
Participants are encouraged to wear purple — the color of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, of which Menzies was a member while at Virginia Commonwealth University — and blue — Menzies’ favorite color — when running, the Times Dispatch reports.
The newspaper reports that the event was created by Brooke Roney, a friend who was looking for a way to honor Menzies’ memory. She chose Saturday because that is the day dedicated runners usually do their longest training runs.
Menzies’ mother, Pamela Terrell Cross, posted a message of thanks to the Facebook group: “I don’t know what to say other than thank you, thank you so much.
Meg Menzies was a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club and a Boston marathoner.
“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,” the Facebook group description reads. “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.”