Benti, 23, who was running just his second marathon in Boston (he won in Dubai earlier this year), is a 23-year-old native of Ethiopia who trains with the 2009 edition champion Deriba Merga. He won the competition in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds. He said the race was fine for although admitted that the uphill was very challenging.
Kenyan Micah Kogo finished second in 2 hours 10 minutes and 27 seconds while Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia came third in 2 hours 10 minutes and 28 seconds. Last year's winner Wesley Korir finished in 2 hours 12 minutes and 30 seconds.
Jeptoo, a 32-year-old Kenyan mother, who had last won in 2006, finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 25 seconds. Ethiopia's Meseret Hailu was second in 2:26:58 while Kenya's Sharon Cherop finished third in 2:27:01.
Hirouyuki Yamamoto and Tatyana McFadden won the men's and women's wheelchair competitions, respectively.
The world's oldest marathon, however, ended in a bloody affair on Monday after a number of blasts killed three people and injured over 140 at the event.