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At marathon, buoyant crowds declare Boston is back
At marathon, buoyant crowds declare Boston is back

BOSTON — This Boston Marathon, a year after the bombs went off at the finish line, was one that nobody wanted to miss. Elise Conner, 58, who was near the end of the course when the explosions rocked Boylston Street, struggled through an injury to make this year’s race. “If I had to crawl,” she said. “No matter what. I’m coming.” I understood perfectly. I got hurt in October — torn knee cartilage — and really shouldn’t have come back to Boston. (My doctor said it was a “terrible idea.”) But like thousands of others, I had to return. There were about 36,000 versions of the same story, as runners flocked to Boston...

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