SEATTLE, Wash.—A twelve minute documentary released a year after the Boston Marathon bombings featured the inspiring story of a runner from Western Washington.
The 79-year-old marathon runner, Bill Iffrig, was 20 feet from the finish line when the first blast went off in 2013. A photo showing him lying on the concrete after the explosion became an iconic image of the tragedy.
In the Sports OnEarth documentary, “The Finish Line,” Iffrig said he considered himself lucky.
“There are some things in life that you don’t have any control of, so somehow or another, you’ve got to make your way to get through them,” he said.
A Lake Stevens native, Ifffrig trained and ran several marathons each year. Injuries to his hearing and right quadriceps that resulted from the bombing did not stop him from running races.