Randolph-Macon College hosted a memorial workout, “A Mile in Meg’s Shoes,” in honor
of Meg Cross Menzies on January 18, 2014 at the R-MC Football Field & Track.
The event, led by Maria and Mike Harman, owners of Ashland’s TrainTown CrossFit
(TTCF), honored Menzies, a resident of Hanover County, Virginia and mother of three
who was killed by a drunk driver on January 13, 2014 while running near her home.
She was a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club and a Boston marathoner.
Her death prompted an outpouring of emotion and support on social media. More than
95,000 runners from six continents pledged on Facebook to participate in “Meg’s
Miles” on January 18 in Menzies’ honor. Using the hashtag #megsmiles, thousands
from around the world have posted and continue to post pictures, thoughts, prayers
and condolences in Menzies’ honor. National organizers of Meg’s Miles hoped this
event would “raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and the overall
safety of runners and cyclists.” R-MC’s event, “A Mile in Meg’s Shoes,” supported
this global initiative.
R-MC’s event, which included a run/walk and CrossFit-style workout, was covered
Richmond Times-Dispatch and
WTVR Channel 6. This event drew hundreds from the Ashland and surrounding
communities as well as R-MC’s faculty, staff, students and their families to campus
on Saturday. Menzies’ husband, Ashland Police Sergeant Scott Menzies, also came
to campus during the event to personally express his gratitude for everyone’s support.
Members of the R-MC family from near and far joined supporters of Meg’s Miles through
individual or organized events in honor of Menzies. In fact, alumna Erin Durand
’11, currently serving in Bagram, Afghanistan, reported running a 10K in Meg’s honor.
In addition to honoring Menzies, the organizers of R-MC’s event also collected funds
for The Ashland Police Foundation, which will go toward helping Menzies’ family.
Harman says, “We wanted to provide a safe place for the Ashland and R-MC communities
to congregate and participate in a fitness activity to honor Meg’s memory, to increase
awareness for the purpose of Meg’s Miles, and to support the Menzies family.”