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Boston woman collects shoes for #Megsmiles tribute

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A Boston woman is putting together a tribute for a Hanover mother killed while running earlier this year.

Meg Menzies will be in the thoughts of many participating in the Monument Avenue 10k Saturday. She was struck and killed by a car in January and the news traveled around the world.

It reached a Boston woman, Kel Kelly, who was moved to take action though the two never met.

"When I clicked on that link there was a photo of her three children standing in front of the Christmas tree and at that point I just really lost it," said Kelly.

Though both were runners, Kelly says that wasn't what led her to act.

"I think in the heart of people, lives this incredibly compassionate soul and I think stories like Meg just sort of unleashes all of that love," she explains.

Tributes, both real and virtual, popped up in the days and weeks that followed Menzies' death. Kelly decided to collect used running shoes and used them to build what she's called the "soles of love" structure along the course of the Boston Marathon, which Menzies was training for when she died. 

"It's to have her still be part of the marathon and to sort of act as a beacon if you will for runner safety," Kelly said of the memorial. She hopes it catches the eyes of the runners, including Meg's husband, Ashland Police Sergeant Scott Menzies, who she says is running in Meg's honor.

"I just hope he has an amazing run and I hope he knows how much love people from all over the world have just sent as part of this initiative," said Kelly, who has received shoes from Australia, Canada and Hawaii. She has collected 500 pairs of sneakers, but is still accepting more.

Shoes can be sent to 14 Cedar Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. She asks donors to write where they are from on the shoes. After the marathon they will given to the 26.2 foundation for donation.

Meanwhile, the criminal case against the man accused of hitting and killing Menzies continues. Doctor Michael Carlson was due in court next week, however that hearing has now been pushed back to July.

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