How the huge Boston field fared

With 31,805 official finishers (out of 32,408 starters and 35,755 official entrants), the 2014 Boston Marathon was the second largest in the race's 118-year history. It also had the highest percentage of women finishers (45 percent) and one of the highest official finishing rates (90 percent) in Boston history.

Race director Dave McGillivray said if the unofficial finishers who completed the 26.2-mile distance after the course had officially closed at 6:15 p.m. Monday were included, the total number of finishers would be 32,144 with a 99 percent completion rate. Only the centennial race in 1996 had a larger field, with 38,700 official starters and 35,868 official finishers (93 pct.).

The images below offer a statistical breakdown of the 2014 Boston Marathon, including comparisons to other recent Boston races.

All alone in second
The 2014 field trails only the 1996 race -- the 100th in Boston history -- and is far ahead of the field for any race other than '96.

Closing the deal
This year saw 90 percent of all entrants qualify as official finishers, tied with the 1998 field for the second-most in race history.

Balanced field
Men and women were both well-represented in the 2014 field, with females in the 18-39 and 40-44 age groups making up 29 percent of the finishers, and males in those same age groups accounting for 27 percent.

Speeding up
Men in every age group had a lower average finishing time this year than in 2012, with the 2013 field coming in much lower than both due to many slower runners not finishing before the race was halted.

Women up the pace, too
The average time for women in each age group was also improved in 2014 compared to 2012.

Better times overall
The 2014 race comes in well below the overall average finish from 2012, but it is well above the average from 2010.

Getting to the finish line
It's no surprise that the second-largest field in race history had significantly more finishers than recent years.