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‘Negative power’ gone from finish line, says bombing survivor

Survivors of last year’s bombings returned to the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Survivors of last year’s bombings returned to the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“Negative power is officially gone from this spot,” Celeste Corcoran said after crossing the finish. “Terrorists never, ever win.”

Corcoran, who lost both legs in last year’s bombing attack, and her daughter Sydney, who will turn 19 this week, joined Corcoran’s sister Carmen Acabbo near the Boston Marathon finish line at about 4 p.m.

They ran the last block together, surrounded by the media.

Corcoran, who was wearing two prosthetic running blades, stood in the middle; Carmen and Sydney each took one of her hands.

Celeste raised her hands in the air and said, “We did it.”

“For me, I did this for every single person who can’t run this race,” she said.

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She said her message to terrorists was, “Hate doesn’t win; it’s love that wins.”

Sydney was sporting a brand-new tattoo on her right wrist that read “choose to live” in black script. She got it three days ago.

She said it’s something her post-traumatic stress disorder counselor is always reminding her.

Carmen said she was glad the race was over.

“It was hot out there today,” she said.

When Celeste was asked how she was feeling, she said she was “absolutely fantastic.”

“She [Carmen] was the one who ran the race today,” she said. “I was in her wake.”

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