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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.

 

 

Northwoods baby killed, mother injured at bus stop

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:41 Published in Local News

Police say a diabetic seizure may have been behind the accident that killed a baby and injured it's mother at a Metro Bus Stop in Northwoods Monday afternoon.  

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the car, 41-year old Larry Jones, may have blacked out just before crashing his car in the 6900 block of Natural Bridge.

Witnesses say the car suddenly veered across the street, hit a light post and then crashed into a Metro Bus.  

39-year old Erica Hughes and her infant daughter, Alyja Hughes had been waiting for the bus.  The infant died at the hospital.  Both Jones and Hughes are hospitalized in serious condition.

 
 

Dierdorf & Hart's to close at West Port Plaza

Monday, 15 April 2013 11:08 Published in Local News

After 30 years, Dierdorf & Harts restaurant is closing its doors at West Port Plaza May 18th.  

Despite high praise for West Ports Plaza's new management team,  Dierdorf & Hart owner Lou Garesche tells KTRS news the upscale eatery will close its doors for good.

Gareshe says the decision was a personal one. "The restaurant takes more and more of my time and I couldn't make the emotional and physical comittment to continue forward."  

Garashe does not plan to retire but will explore other ventures.   In an email to customers, the staff says they will honor all gift certificates and discounts. vb ktrs news.

West Port Plaza is run by Bob O'Loughlin and his  Lodging Hospitality Management group who is also renovating Union Station and the Airport Marriott.

 

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