Boston Marathon bombing

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston bombing will not deter marathoners, sports-loving city

78-year-old Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens was running in his third Boston Marathon Monday when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts. He got up and walked across the finish line.
John Tlumacki The Boston Globe/Getty Images

"Of all the cities…and of all the sports.” 

That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is saying about this week’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. Art says the attack will only strengthen the resolve of marathon runners and the sports-loving city.

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witnessing tragedies
6:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Man witnesses marathon bombing, plant explosion

In this Wednesday, April 17, 2013, photo provided by Joe Berti, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire near Waco, Texas.
Joe Berti Associated Press

People keep asking Joe Berti if he feels unlucky.

A bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon seconds after Berti finished the race. Two days later, he was in his home state of Texas when he saw a fertilizer plant explode near Waco.

"I was just like, 'I can't believe this!'" said Berti, who said he had never witnessed an explosion before. Then he thought: "I just want to get out of here and get away from all these explosions."

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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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