Lelisa Desisa Benti, Rita Jeptoo win marathon ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Winners Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo posed with their laurels at the Boston Marathon finish line. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia won the men’s division at the Boston Marathon. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Rita Jeptoo was alone on her way to the finish line. JESSICA RINALDI/REUTERS Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crossed the finish line. Elise Amendola/AP Women’s winner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya kissed the pavement after she crossed the finish line. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Chris Mullen of Waltham gave runners an equestrian boost on Chestnut Hill Avenue. CJ GUNTHER/EPA Marblehead native Shalane Flannagan , right, and her training partner Kara Goucher after they crossed the finish line in fourth and sixth place respectively. John Blanding/Globe Staff Ana Dulce Felix looked over her shoulder to see no runners in sight as she climbed Heartbreak Hill. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Runners make their way by Wellesley College on Route 135. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Juli Windsor, one of two dwarfs competing in the marathon, ran by Wellesley College. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Women's Elite class runners passed Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-son team that has become an icon of the marathon. John Blanding/Globe Staff Rita Jeptoo, far right, was in a pack following Ana Dulce Felix (not shown) up Heartbreak Hill in Newton. Michael Dwyer/AP A man dressed as a hot dog high-fived the crowd in Wellesley. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Men's wheelchair division winner Hiroyuki Yamamoto crossed the finish line. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Tatyana McFadden of the US won the women's wheelchair division. Yoon S. Byun/ Globe Staff The leader for the elite women, Yolanda Caballero, ran by Wellesley College. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff Students cheered on women runners at Wellesley College. Yoon S. Byun/ Globe Staff Runners in the first wave made their way by Wellesley College. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff This Hopkinton house displayed signs of support for the competitors. Stew Milne/AP Chris Royer, of Coventry, Vt., raised his hands as he began running the marathon. Stew Milne/AP The herd of runners started the 117th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff The first wave of runners crossed the start line. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff The elite men’s race kicked off in Hopkinton. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff The elite women, including Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead, start their race. Stew Milne/AP Photo Jacqueline Benson shot the starting pistol for the elite women’s race. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff John Young of Salem, one of two dwarfs registered to run the marathon, at the start of the Mobility Impaired Program. Stew Milne/AP Dick Hoyt, left, and his son, Rick, at the start of the race. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff No parking and no stopping signs were ubiquitous in Hopkinton as runners geared up for the marathon. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Yoshi Naruse of Rochester Hills, Mich., was about to run his third Boston Marathon dressed from head to toe as a monkey. Stew Milne/AP Photo Runners gathered before the 117th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. Bill Greene/Globe Staff Tracy Ellsworth of Lynnfield put on a blister pad before the race. David L Ryan/Globe Staff The Boston Marathon finish line at Boylston Street was still calm as runners began their route Monday morning. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe David Chapin Jr. (left), 26, of Natick, had his father, David Chapin Sr., apply a heating pad to his back before the start of the marathon. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Dick Hoyt (left) and his son, Rick, posed for photos by the statue of them in Hopkinton before the start of the 177th Boston Marathon. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff The Hoyts will be running in their 31st Boston Marathon this year. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Tranist police lined up in Hopkinton. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Kristina Morrocco wrote a message on Emily Clark's shirt before the start. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Varinka Ensminger, coach of Team Hoyt, wrote Heather Ekola's name on her bib. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe Runner Mike Martin, 42, of Cambridge, rested before the start of the 117th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe Martin's running shoes, a banana, and a bottle of water. He says he has run the marathon more than 10 times. Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff Volunteer Kelbi Magnuson, 17, tried to stay warm in Hopkinton. Julie Balise for The Boston Globe In Boston Common early Monday, runners headed to buses bound for the starting line in Hopkinton.