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On Friday morning, June 3, 2016 family, friends, and supporters all witnessed Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe sign a bill creating a special license plate in memory of Hanover County mother and runner Meg Cross Menzies.
A drunk driver killed Meg two years ago while she was on a training run for the Boston Marathon. Her husband Scott was running with her.
Organizers spent the early part of the year gathering the necessary pre-orders for the special plates, with Frank Engler designing the plates, which feature a silhouette of Meg Menzies and the Richmond skyline. Both houses of the General Assembly passed the bill unanimously during their session this year.
At the signing, Meg's mother Pam Cross shared her thoughts on the lasting tribute to her late daughter. "It means an awful lot to be able to share Meg's story with the Commonwealth of Virginia," Cross said at Friday's signing. "People will know about her life. People will be aware of drunk driving, that it's wrong to get behind the wheel of a car and drive when you've been drinking, whether it's a little or a lot, you just don't know."
If you are interested in ordering a plate, you can click on the link below. Out of state residents can order a souvenir plate.
Order Meg's Miles Specialty Plate Here.
Cameron was training for a half-marathon in Virginia Beach when the idea of the SpeakUp5k first came to her. She loved the feel of a race environment. The idea that thousands of people can line up at a start line, each with their own story, their own reasons for training and showing up that particular day. Volunteers, fellow participants, friends, and strangers alike encouraging you along the way. No one places judgment, all just want to see you reach your goal. She wanted her race to be inclusive of all. The 5k distance can be run, walked, danced (or all three!) along the way. She designed a course full of fun surprises to make you smile. Her goal was to have everyone cross the finish line with a sense of accomplishment and most importantly, hope. When crossing the finish line, you not only finished your race, you had an experience. You will carry hope and light from that finish line to all the start and finish lines of life.
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