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Bill Iffrig, 78, Finishes Boston Marathon After Falling In Blast

Submitted by on April 16, 2013 – 8:36 amNo Comment

This man is my hero of the moment: 78-year-old runner Bill Iffrig, who was just feet from the first explosion at yesterday’s Boston Marathon, still finished the race.

Iffrig was perhaps the runner closest to the first explosion. He was knocked to the ground; video and still images featuring the lanky white-haired man in the orange tank top immediately went viral.

Speaking to Piers Morgan last night, Iffrig explained that he was helped across the finish line by a race official. He suffered minor cuts, but seemed completely composed during the interview; Iffrig declined a wheelchair after the race, and walked another half mile back to his hotel.

Did I mention that at 78, Iffrig was running the Boston Marathon for the fourth time?

Still, Iffrig told a local paper that it was “close,” and he was indeed scared.

Bill Iffrig, a retired mason worker from Washington state, is one of the top US runners in his age group. He claims to have finished second in his age group at this year’s marathon.

[Top image via Boston Globe/John Tlumacki; lower via CNN]

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