Rita Jeptoo of Kenya is the 2013 Boston Marathon winner of the women's elite race; Jeptoo, 32, finished with a time of 2:26:25. Jeptoo had a previous win at Boston in 2006. Following behind Jeptoo was Meseret Hailu from Ethiopia with a time of 2:26:58. Last year's winner, Sharon Cherop, finished in third place with a time of 2:27:01.
The race started off conservatively, staying steady until the end. It became clear that the elite pack was running a tactical race, opting for a secure win over a personal best. Yolanda Caballero of Colombia broke away from the chase pack early on, however, maintaining a strong lead during the first half of the course. By the time the elite runners had reached the grueling Newton Hills, Caballero had fallen back into the chase pack, where Ana Dulce Félix of Portugal headed into the lead. Félix maintained her lead until the last few miles of the course, but with six miles left to go, the chase pack set their sights on the finish, and Jeptoo, Hailu, and Cherop began pulling ahead to victory. American favorite Shalane Flanagan stayed with the chase pack for almost all of the race but fell behind to fourth place, finishing with a time of 2:27:08; her teammate Kara Goucher finished sixth.