Coming down Boylston Street, Rita Jeptoo had time to pump her right fist, acknowledging the crowd. Jeptoo crossed in 2:26:25 for her second Boston Marathon title, winning a tactical race that started slow and closed incredibly fast. Jeptoo also won in 2006. Meseret Hailu finished second in 2:26:58. It was a marked contrast for the last two years when two seconds separated the women’s champion and runner-up.
Defending champion Sharon Cherop placed third in 2:27:01. In her Boston Marathon debut, an emotional Shalane Flanagan finished fourth in 2:27:08. The runner from Marblehead was considered one of the favorites.