St. Louis-based Fleet Feet Running Stores sent a team of 11 runners to the Boston Marathon.
Director of training, Brandi Barbre tells KTRS News that they were worried about some of their runners right after the blasts. "A couple of people were a few hours late, because they were actually crossing the finish line right when, kind of, the explosions went off. As far as health-wise, they're safe and back in their hotel. And they way I understand it, ready to come home."
The Fleet Feet runners, like many in the area around the blast zone, were locked down inside their hotel for the night. The company says the runners are making arrangements to come home later Tuesday.
Veteran St. Louis runner and coach, Flavia Beretta Bader says, "at one moment I was celebrating a great day of running and in a second it turned tragic, the worst thing I've ever seen."
Two large race organizers in St. Louis, Go! St. Louis and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, both responded to Monday’s explosions in Boston.
Two weekends ago thousands lined the streets of downtown St. Louis to run the Go! St. Louis Marathon.
Go! workers issued a statement expressing sadness by Monday's events. They said they also understand the tremendous effort it takes to hold a marathon especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of runners and spectators.
Over 20,000 runners will be downtown this weekend for the Go! St. Louis Marathon events and that means road closures.
On 64/40, MoDOT will close several ramps including westbound ramps to Forest Park, Market, and 21 st Street--those ramps will close at 5AM on Sunday and reopen by 3PM. Eastbound closures include ramps to Market and Chestnut. Those closures will last from 5AM until around 3PM.
Here are other road closures:
Market between Tucker and 18th St. will be closed 4:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The stretch between Tucker and Broadway will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Pine St. from Tucker to 14th will be closed from midnight Sunday to 5 p.m.
13th St. from Market to Pine will be closed between midnight and 5 p.m.
Forest Park between Compton and Union will be closed between 7:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vandeventer will be closed between Forest Park and Lindell from 7:15 a.m to 1 p.m.
There will be no southbound travel on Union from Delmar to Lindell between 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
There will be no eastbound travel on Delmar between Skinker and Union from 8:25 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.