Bill Iffrig, 78, is seen immediately falling down as the first bomb explodes near the Boston Marathon finish line
(CBS News) -- A video of one marathon runner knocked to the ground just
as the first bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon has gone viral.
man in the video is Bill Iffrig, a 78-year-old runner who was just
about to complete his third run in the Boston marathon, before his legs
buckled under him. He spoke Monday night about the moment he felt the
"Shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around. I knew I was going down," Iffrig said.
A veteran of 45 marathons, Iffrig traveled from his home in
Washington State to run the Boston Marathon. Iffrig recalled, "I was
just approaching the last straightaway to the finish line and I'd had a
good day and I was feeling really good."
Fewer than 20 feet from the finish line when the explosion forced him down, Iffrig says his injuries were minor.
feel any severe pain, but as I rolled over I saw a little scratch on my
leg," he said, "but nothing too bad so I just laid there momentarily."
was immediately surrounded by first responders, and then helped up by
marathon officials. As the wounded were taken away from the scene and
the remaining runners forced from completing the race, Iffrig walked
another half-mile to meet his wife at their hotel -- right after he
crossed the finish line.
A marathon official helped carry Iffrig to that finish line, but the half-mile walk to reunite with his wife, he did on his own.
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