78-Year-Old Boston Runner Bill Iffrig Behind Marathon Photo Goes Viral

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 11:20 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A 78-year-old Boston Marathon runner who was knocked off his feet by one of the bombs that exploded near the finish line Monday got up and finished the race, completing his 45th marathon.

A now-iconic photo of Bill Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, Wash., on the pavement surrounded by police went viral Monday, when two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people are reported dead with countless more injured, and the White House has said the attack is consistent with an act of terror.

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Iffrig said he was knocked over by the blast just as he was approaching the end of the 26.2-mile race.

"I had had a good day and I was feeling really good," Iffrig, who had run the Boston Marathon twice before, told CNN's Piers Morgan Monday. "I got down within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and this tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me and shock waves just hit my whole body. My legs started jittering around and I knew I was going down."

Iffrig, a retired mason worker, had nothing more than a skinned knee and, with the help of a marathon assistant, walked across the finish line.

The 78-year-old's impressive story of determination has captured the hearts of a nation left reeling by the attack.

"I ended up second in my division," he told Washington's The Herald newspaper. "After you've run 26 miles you're not going to stop there."

His timing chip marked his finish at 4 hours, 3 minutes, 47 seconds.

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