Meg and Scott Menzies were a mile into their training run on that cold January morning in Ashland, Va., three months ago. It was their Monday morning “date,” Scott Menzies said, a way to spend time together after their three children had gone to school for the day.
Meg, 34, a stay-at-home mom from Hanover, outside Richmond, was training to run the Boston Marathon again and, though she was too humble to tell many people, had her eye on a spot at the U.S. Olympic trials. Scott, also 34, an Ashland police sergeant, just tried to hang on during the eight-mile runs with his speedy wife.
The school bus had been a half-hour late. They should have been farther along their route. They were running single file against traffic, the way you’re supposed to, with Scott first and Meg right behind him. Around 8:15 a.m., a Toyota Sequoia driven by Michael Carlson, a physician who was allegedly drunk, veered off the road while rounding a curve. Scott was able to jump out of the way. Meg was not. She was struck and declared dead two hours later.
Today, Scott Menzies will run the Boston Marathon in his wife’s place with the support of tens of thousands of runners and others around the world who have rallied around him through an extraordinary Facebook group called Meg’s Miles.
“The only reason I want to do it is because that’s what she was doing,” Scott Menzies told me Friday. “She was training and I want to finish it for her. And it’s kind of a selfish thing for me, but that’s where she would be. I want to see what she would see.”