Wash. runner knocked down at Boston is back for Bloomsday

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 2:26 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Western Washington runner who was knocked down when a bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon last month was the honorary starter at the 37th Bloomsday.

Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens wore the  same orange singlet he wore during the Boston Marathon and carried the Bloomsday flag at the start.

Iffrig told other media outlets that he was nearly at the finish line in Boston when the first of two homemade bombs exploded.

The 78-year-old fell to the ground. A volunteer came up, followed soon after by three police officers. Photos of that scene appeared on websites and newspapers around the world.

He said the aftermath of the explosion has left him with a sore quadriceps muscle, which slowed his training schedule.

You can watch his interview with KREM 2 News on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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