Bill Iffrig

Boston Marathon’s ‘Fallen Man’ Still Running

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs Boston transforms its annual marathon into an affirmation of strength, renewal and healing this year, I can’t help remembering last year’s “Fallen Man” who wouldn’t stay down. Blown off his feet by the first of two explosions, runner Bill Iffrig, then 78, was helped up by race attendants in the ensuing chaos, and thought to himself: “Hey, go for the finish line.” That’s just what he did. The Finish Line is the title of a short film on Iffrig and his love …

Boston Blast Knocks Down Runner, 78, But He Finishes Race

Posted on 04/16/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayBill Iffrig was a few yards short of the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the 78-year-old runner was knocked to the ground by the first of two blasts. A Boston Globe photographer shot several pictures of the fallen Iffrig with police and race assistants nearby, and the images soon appeared around the world. Astonishingly, Iffrig was helped to his feet, apparently uninjured, and finished the race. “I was heading for the finish line,” he told ESPN’s Steve Levy. …