Natalie Morales' Boston Marathon Run Raises $60K for Bomb Survivors

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 08:44 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Natalie Morales, co-host of NBC's "Today" show, finished the Boston Marathon Monday, raising nearly $60,000 for last year's survivors and disabled athletes in the process.

The 41-year-old, who now has six marathons under her belt, ran as a member of the "Corcoran Strong" team in support of Celeste and Sydney Corcoran — a mother and daughter who survived the twin bombings that hit the marathon last year, killing three and injuring more than 260.

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The Corcorans were cheering on Celeste's sister, Carmen Acabbo, on the sidelines at last year's race when the bombs went off. Celeste Corcoran lost both legs and Sydney, who was 17 at the time, nearly died from major damage to her femoral artery.

But after months of rehabilitation, they healed. And on Monday, they joined Morales and Acabbo for the final two-tenths of a mile.

"I think [Celeste is] looking forward to the finish," Acabbo told "Today" Monday before the marathon. "There's definitely anxiety around this whole situation, but as a family, we're just looking forward to crossing together. I hope we can just do it. I think it's just going to be unbelievable. It's going to be such a special moment of closure for us to just finally say that we're crossing this together."

Before the race, Morales talked about how emotional the entire marathon was sure to be.

"As you can imagine, people are just gearing up, getting ready for the race of a lifetime, [with] many saying this is a time to take the marathon back and to prove to the world what it means to be 'Boston Strong,'" she said. "For many of the runners here, emotions and spirits are high. Many [are] saying they're looking forward to creating new memories and putting the tragic events of last year behind them."

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