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Runners plan to dedicate training runs to young mother of three
BOSTON —A mother of three who was training for the Boston Marathon was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver in Virginia on Monday.
Meg Menzies, 34, was struck at 8:15 a.m. while she was out for a training run in Ashland, Va., police said. The driver, Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, was arraigned on driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter charges and was granted bond.
Since her death, thousands of runners have joined a Facebook group dedicated to Menzies and raising awareness about the safety of runners and cyclists.
Members are planning to dedicate their runs on Saturday to the young mother, who was a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club.
“This Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 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 page reads.
Runners are encouraged to post photos of their runs and share thoughts and prayers online.
“It’s not a coincidence the hashtag reads either ‘Meg’s Miles’ or ‘Meg Smiles.’ She will be smiling on all of us forevermore,” the group posted.
Menzies’ husband us a police sergeant in the Ashland Police Department.
“The Ashland Police Department suffered an immeasurable loss with the tragic death of Meg Menzies, wife of Sgt. Scott Menzies. Meg has equally been a part of our law enforcement family for nearly a decade and her presence in our midst, and especially that of her family, will be sorely missed,” Chief Doug Goodman said in a statement.