Run 4 Meg movement pays tribute to tragically killed runner

Just over a year ago, a woman name Meg Menzies was out for a run with her husband when she was hit by a drunk driver and lost her life. She had been a devoted runner and left behind a husband and child doing something she truly loved. It’s the kind of story that feels like a gut punch even if you didn’t know Meg personally.

Brooke Rooney set up Meg’s Miles race to honor her late friend annually, but this year supporters have started Run 4 Meg, a movement that encourages you to go for a run Saturday, Jan. 17, no matter who you are or where you live.

Tweet about it, Instagram it, Facebook it. Whatever your preferred social media platform is, take a picture and post with the hashtag #megsmiles, which purposely reads, “Meg’s miles” and “Meg smiles.” You can post a picture, post about your miles, your thoughts, prayers, the world is your oyster.

The real goal is to raise awareness about drunk driving and texting while driving, reminding us all that it can so easily lead to tragedy. Even if you can’t run tomorrow, think about it the next time you jog, walk or run outside.

As their website says, “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.”

Take it a step further by wearing blue, Meg’s favorite color.

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