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Man runs Boston Marathon course for #megsmiles

Posted at 7:53 PM, Jan 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-20 06:46:16-05

BOSTON, Mass. (WTVR) – A man crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon course Saturday in memory of a Hanover County mother police said was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

Roger Wright

Roger Wright

Roger Wright told CBS 6 News that since Meg Menzies would not be able to take part in the Boston Marathon, which she had been training for, he ran 18 miles in the bitter cold and snow in her honor.

Wright learned about Menzies’ race plans from his cousin, who is a member of her running club. He sent his cousin a letter explaining that all runners are impacted by the tragedy.

“It could have been any one of us. Obviously as she was training for Boston, it hits a little closer to home for me and that is why I ran to the finish line. I did it for her…,” wrote Wright. “I am sorry for your friend Meg but hopefully the outpouring of love for her by runners around the world will give some comfort to her family, friends and other runners.”

Wright, who lives two miles from the Boston Marathon course, said he has a special relationship with the iconic race because it saved his life.

Over 95,000 people joined the #megsmiles Facebook event to run in honor of Menzies. The Hanover runner, and mother of three, was killed Monday while on her morning run.