PLYMOUTH — Running is a sport that Macayla Madan will always associate with the man she calls “dad.” In the days immediately after his death, it was running that allowed her to both grieve him, and to feel he was still with her.

Madan will join the throngs of other runners lining up for the start of the 127th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17. She will do so with the memory and the voice of her stepfather, Sean Staunton, in her mind.

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