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Nothing will stop this 78-year-old runner

india Updated: Apr 17, 2013 03:05 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Bill Efrig had the finish line in sight. His third Boston Marathon looked set for another great finish, he was feeling good.


And then boom, the first of the two explosions happened.

Efrig, the 78-year-old runner in orange vest, felt his legs get jittery and he collapsed to the ground. When he rolled over, he realised he escaped with knee bruises.

The first bomb had gone off on his left.

The second exploded just a few yards behind him.

Images of Efrig sitting on the road with law enforcement officers rushing to help him were flashed all over the world.

“Did you see pictures of the man in orange vest,” said Sanjiv Jaipuriar on phone.

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A private firm executive, his office looked out on the finish line, the best view possible.

He crossed the street every day at around the same spot where Efrig collapsed, to catch his train home.

But on Monday, he and most of his colleagues had decided to work from home.

It’s difficult to access the area on the day of the marathon with the entire world turning up to either run or just watch and have fun with their families.

There were just a few others in the office, who were to get on to a conference call with Jaipuriar.

But that call never started. The police had asked everyone to leave.

Many parts of downtown Boston will be in lockdown to enable investigators to gather as much forensic evidence as they could before people came trampling them down.

People like Efrig who live in that area will have to factor in the heavy security presence and figure out how to deal with it. This won’t be his last marathon. No way, he said.

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