My son, Rio, 14, just started cross-country and I was there Saturday for the Dana Hills Invitational, in Dana Point. That was the last race Megan completed before she collapsed and died during another competition in Laguna Niguel last September.
Her story will stay with me, partly because I'm a runner, partly because I'm a father, but also because I realize how lucky I am to be healthy and able to do what I love.
Megan (far left) with her cross-country mates from Dana Hills High School.
Consider running in the second-annual Run 4 Megan 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Details are here. The modest suggested donation is tax deductible.
And consider how fortunate you are that you did not have to write down these heartbreaking words that Gail Myers, Megan's mom, wrote on the one-year anniversary of Megan's death:
I miss her smile, her smell, her soft youthful skin, her freckles, her stunning eyes, her beautiful hair. I miss her kind heart, her spirit, her spunk, her laugh. I miss the relationship that we had shared. I miss my daughter and my friend.
I picture myself holding a gold box in my hands, which holds her time here on earth, and it is a beautiful box, it is just too small.