Meb Keflezighi, a three-time olympian who ran at UCLA, won the men's race in 2:08:37 and became the first American male runner to win the Boston Marathon since 1983. Kenya's Rita Jeptoo crossed the finish line first at the women's division at 2:18:57, but following an out-of-competition drug test in September 2014, is now facing disqualification over EPO detected in the said drug test. Ethiopian runner Bizunesh Deba finished the race second, 2:19:59
The race was held on April 21, 2014. At the start, a moment of silence was held in memory of the 2013 bombings. The men and women's wheelchair group began their race at 8:50 am. The race started for the elite women at 9:32, while the elite men started half an hour later. Another moment of silence was announced (at least for television viewers) at 2:49 pm, in memory of the 2013 bombings, commemorating the exact minute when the 2013 bombings had occurred.
Rita Jeptoo (33) of Kenya crossed the finish line with a time of 2:18:57, winning the women's competition and setting a new course record. However, following an out-of-competition doping test in September 2014, and an announcement by the World Marathon Majors on October 31, 2014, her participation is in legal dispute because of IAAF and World Marathon Majors' decisions. Bizunesh Deba (26) of Ethiopia crossed the finish line in 2:19:59, finishing second. If Jeptoo is disqualified, Deba's time would be a new course record. The men's competition was won by Meb Keflezighi (38) of the United States with a time of 2:08:37, marking the first time the race had been won by an American male runner in over 30 years. Following Jeptoo's disqualification, Athletics Kenya handed her a two-year ban from sports for the anti-doping rule violation.
After the bombings that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 260, police vowed to install additional security measures—including bag checks and additional barriers—while maintaining a friendly, happy atmosphere. Police banned backpacks, strollers, suitcases, glass containers, some costumes and props, weight vests, and items larger than 5 by 5 inches (13 cm × 13 cm). More than 3,500 uniformed Boston Police officers were present for security.