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,78, of Lake Stevens wore the same orange singlet for the Spokane 12k that he wore during the Boston Marathon and carried the Bloomsday flag at the start.

Iffrig was about five minutes slower in this year's compared with last year.

But, he said, The only problem I've got is I'm running out of competition.

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

Iffrig 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.

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