#megsmiles

Date: January 18, 2014

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 1:15:40

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Meg (marathonfoto)

Last Monday, an idiot drunk driver hit and killed a young Virginia runner, Meg Menzies. She was only 34, left a husband and three children, and was senselessly killed as she was on a routine morning run–training for the upcoming Boston Marathon.

Today I joined over 54,000 other runners and logged some miles in tribute to her. The event brought back memories of the running tributes that were completed following last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

What did we runners do after the bombing tragedy? We ran.

What did many of us do in tribute to Sherry Arnold,  Montana runner who was kidnapped  during her morning run and then murdered? We ran.

In November, a runner named Jim Kelley was also killed by a car while out for his morning run. In tribute, his many friends and family followed the hearse to the cemetery as one united running group–Jim’s Last Group Run. They ran.

Jim's Last Group Run (Runners World)

Jim’s Last Group Run (Runners World)

There have been numerous running tributes for various causes over the years because when something tragic happens, we want to be able to do something–and for many of us, when life gets stressful or too much to bear, we embrace the sanity and peace that a long run can often provide.

Additionally, running creates an instant bond among people and when we hear that a fellow runner has been killed or injured while running we immediately connect to them. We know that we could have very easily been in the path of the oncoming car or otherwise have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When we can’t make sense of the world, when we don’t know what else to do, at least we can run. We can run in memory, with determination, with anger, with sadness, and with gratitude for the miles before us.

None of us know how many miles our future holds, so we run them while we can, knowing that very often, those miles are cut far too short.

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Here’s another example of runners coming together over the loss of a fellow runner: click here.

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