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Moving essays earn hundreds entry into Marathon

There were bystanders who tied tourniquets rather than fleeing, nurses with little experience treating trauma who tended to severed limbs, and police officers who led the search for the bombers. They and thousands of others, among them many who had never run long distances, clamored for a spot in next year’s Boston Marathon.

Choosing among them was a delicate task.

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