Bill Iffrig

One runner's resilience
8:18 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Boston Marathon runner races again in Spokane

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash., rests in the grass after running Bloomsday in Spokane—his first race since the Boston Marathon.
Jessica Robinson

Three weeks after the Boston bombings, one of the iconic figures of that tragedy was racing again in Spokane. Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash. joined more than 50,000 runners on Sunday for the Bloomsday Run.

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11:21 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Lake Stevens runner: 'It was only 5 feet away from me'

John Tlumacki The Boston Globe

A 78-year-old Lake Stevens man running his third Boston Marathon was near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts and caught in a news photograph that quickly went viral.

Bill Iffrig told The Herald of Everett that he heard a noise Monday and found himself on the ground.

"It was only 5 feet away from me," he said. "It was really loud."

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