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78-year-old Boston Marathon runner from WA on cover of SI

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A race official helps Bill Iffrig to his feet. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki) A race official helps Bill Iffrig to his feet. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -

A 78-year-old Washington man knocked to the ground by the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The image of Bill Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, WA, has been viewed and shared around the world after Monday's deadly explosions.

Iffrig was only five feet away from the blast and could be seen on video crumpling to the ground from the impact of the bombs.

A race official helped him to his feet. He walked across the finish line and then another half-mile to his hotel, according to an Associated Press report.

Iffrig's only injury was a scrape on his knee.

"I got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and just tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," Iffrig said on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "I knew I was going down and so I ended up down on the blacktop and I didn't feel any severe pain but as I rolled over, I seen a little scratch on my leg but nothing too bad, so I laid there just momentarily."

Iffrig said the race official who helped him up insisted on getting him a wheelchair.

"I said my hotel's about six blocks away so I think I can make it OK," he said.

Chris Stone, managing editor of Sports Illustrated, said the image of Iffrig was used on the magazine's cover because "we felt it truly captured the horrific moment at the end of the race," with a fallen runner, loose debris and officers with their guns drawn.

The cover photo had to be changed at the last minute Monday, after news of the bombing that killed three people began to spread.

The magazine will feature photos from Boston, as well as stories and essays.

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