Boston Marathon 2014 Results and Analysis by Age Group, Compared to Previous Years, and More

Boston Marathon 2014, rebounding from the tragedy of 2013,  proved to be a spectacular success, setting or nearly matching many historical records.
  • Finishers: 31,805; 1996 holds the record
  • Average Finish Time: 4:02
  • Impact of Weather on Finish Times: 11 minutes slower than 3:51 last decade average (extreme heat hurt 2012)
  • Finishers vs Entrants: Second highest finisher to entrants ratio: 90% of entrants finished; only 93% in 1996 was higher
  • Most Women Finishers ever: 14,282 in 2014 vs 8,497 in 1996
  • Female Winning Time: record 2:18:57 by Rita Jeptoo
  • First American Male Winner: Meb Keglefzighi 2:08:37
RunTri.com's Comprehensive Boston Marathon 2014 Results coverage, dives into the race results, going into detail by age group mix, finishers by age group, average finish times by age group, all presented below.










Extra Credit: For comparison, similar analysis of 2012 and 2011 Boston Marathons are presented near the end of this post. For everything else -- nearly 50 posts of our Boston Marathon Analysis -- See our Racing Boston page and Stats/Results/Analysis pages.











 More to come . . .




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Boston 2012 Runner Stats: Average Finish Time, Runners, Finishers, DNS, DNF, Deferred to 2013
Results Analysis


How challenging was the 2012 Boston Marathon?  The heat crushed expectations and finish times, making 2012 the toughest Boston since 2004. Make that tougher -- the average time in 2012 was 5 minutes slower than in 2004:

  • Average Finish Time: 4:18:27
  • 2012 vs 2010: 28 minutes slower, or 10%, slower compared to 2010's 3:50 (we felt 2011's results were too wind-aided)
  • 2012 vs 2004: 5 minutes, or 2%, slower: 4:18 vs 4:13
We've crunched the numbers to compare Boston 2012 against both Boston 2004 and a more representative Boston 2010 by race division, by gender and age, and more, including average results for each of the 5000+ global cities represented on race day

How well did you do vs your division, other runners your age, vs 2004 and 2010? The answers are below.













Boston Marathon 2012 Race Summary:

  • Elite Men: Wesley Korir comes from behind  and takes the win 2:12:41
  • Elite Women: Sharon Cherop wins in 2:31:50, 2 seconds ahead of Jemima Sumgong
  • Men's Wheelchair: Joshua Cassidy wins new course record 1:18:25 by 2 seconds
  • Women's Wheelchair: Shirley Reilly wins 1:37:36 unofficial, photo finish
  • Conditions: a reported 80+ degrees in Newton, 'relentless sun' no wind



    Boston Marathon 2009 Race Start by Raymond Britt
    Shortly after the race, we'll be developing a summary of race results, such as those from 2011 below; we'll be posting the 2012 version as soon as data comes available.

    Boston Marathon 2011 Results Analysis

    In the record-setting 2011 Boston Marathon, 23,879 finished the legendary 26.2 mile course in an average time of 3:54:31.




    See our complete analysis of average finish time by gender and age.





    How many Boston finishers run qualifying times on the course itself? Here's the analysis of 2010 race results:

    More than 9,400 runners (41% of total) in the 2010 Boston Marathon ran times that will qualify them for the 2011 race. Leading the way, nearly half the F40-44 age group ran qualifying times. Impressive numbers, to be sure. Certainly higher than any other large US race. 

    However, consider the fact that 100% of runners (except 2000+ running for charity) ran a qualifying time to get into the race. One might reasonably expect a much higher number of re-qualifying times. That less than half were able to run as fast as their original qualifying time speaks to the difficulty of the Boston course. We know from experience: Boston is tough.  To learn more.