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Runner blown over by bomb says he ‘doesn’t have much use’ for terrorists

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Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

Bill Iffrig, the now-famous runner in an orange tank top who was blown over by a bomb at the end of yesterday’s Boston Marathon, explained on CNN last night that he “doesn’t have much use” for terrorists.

“Everyone else is having fun, and you got one or two people that are trying to destroy the whole thing, it’s just hard to figure out,” Iffrig said when asked for his reaction. “Terrorists, whatever they are, I don’t know, I don’t have much use for it.”

In videos of the explosion, Iffrig falls to the ground after the explosion. He went on to finish the race.

“Somebody came by with a wheelchair but I said, ‘I’m fine.’ I wanted to finish,” Iffrig told the Seattle Times.

Iffrig, 78, is a resident of Lake Stevens, Wash., and has run 45 marathons.

In an interview with ESPN, Iffrig explained that he “had a good time” at the marathon but that “this incident did kind of spoil it.”

“I don’t think that it will affect me too much,” Iffrig said frankly. “But I’m going to keep it in mind. I hate to see it.”

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