#MegsMiles supporters honor beloved Hanover County mother in memorial run

HANOVER, Va. (WRIC) — More than 100 people gathered on East Patrick Henry Road to run in the annual #MegsMiles Memorial Run.

In January 2014, Meg Menzies, a mother of three, was training for the Boston Marathon with her husband, running along East Patrick Henry Road when she was struck and killed by a driver. In 2015, the driver pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

“This didn’t have to happen and it’s devastating,” Cross said. “But we’re very grateful for everybody that still follows our page, still prays for our family and for each other. That’s what she would have wanted.”

Her parents Pam and Wirt Cross have since created a run in honor of their daughter, the #MegMiles Memorial Run. Pam Cross said the goal is to spread awareness about drunk driving, in hopes of saving a life.

“They will not drink and drive or be distracted when they are driving because this didn’t have to happen and it’s devastating,” Cross said. “But we’re very grateful for everybody that still follows our page, still prays for our family and for each other. That’s what she would have wanted.”

#MegsMiles Memorial Run in Hanover County.
#MegsMiles Memorial Run in Hanover County.

Runners from across the world gathered at Menzies’ shoe memorial and together ran one mile in her honor, ahead of this weekend’s Anthem Richmond Marathon. The memorial run was organized by Ed Deiss, who was inspired by Menzies’ story and wanted to find a way to help.

“Never underestimate the ability to impact someone’s life,” Deiss said. “It’s about connecting with people and Meg carved her name in a lot of people’s hearts, and I think that’s very obvious from the shoe memorial there.”

“I think it’s a good legacy, but we would rather have Meg,” Meg’s father said. “But we can’t have that, so we’ve got people and support and it’s not just right here; it’s all around the world.”

Meg’s death has inspired thousands of people as the Meg’s Miles Supporter Facebook page has gained more than 17,000 followers, in just two years.

“I think it’s a good legacy, but we would rather have Meg,” Wirt Cross said. “But we can’t have that, so we’ve got people and support and it’s not just right here; it’s all around the world.”

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