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One hero describes why he'll run

Among the runners in next week's 118th Boston Marathon will be Bruce Mendelsohn, who earned an official number by participating in an essay contest sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association.

The BAA asked writers to describe, in 250 words or less, how they were impacted by the events at last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. For Mendelsohn, the words came pouring out.

The veteran of 17 marathons described how he saved the life of Victoria McGrath.

In part, he wrote:

"Within 30 seconds I was on the scene and wrapped a tourniquet around Victoria’s lower left leg. In one of the iconic photos of the Marathon bombings, Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde cradles Victoria in his arms. I subsequently learned from Victoria’s surgeons that the tourniquet I applied saved her life.

"On April 21, 2014, I hope to cross the finish line where just over a year before I saved the life of a young girl."

To hear Mendelsohn's essay, click HERE.