When is the 2014 Boston Marathon?

America's oldest road race takes place every year in April

This year’s Boston Marathon, America’s oldest and one of the world’s most famous road races, will be held on Monday, April 21.

Because runners who wish to participate must earn their entry by achieving a qualifying time, each year only a select group of athletes are awarded with the privilege of participating in the exclusive race.

“Being able to run the Boston Marathon meant that I had achieved one of my biggest running goals. Just being at the starting line feels like pure success," says Sandra LaFlamme, a marathoner who blogs about her running adventures at organicrunnermom.com.

This year’s Boston Marathon will celebrate the event’s 118th anniversary. Following the tragic events that took place at last year’s race, participants are especially enthusiastic about crossing the famous finish line this time around and runners and spectators from all over the world are cheering for the success of the entire running community.

“It is now time to take back our finish line, to take back our race, to take back our City,” said Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray in a blog post on RunnersWorld.com. “I’ve been working this race for 27 years now and never before have I ever experienced anything quite like this past year….not even close.”

On Sunday runners finished the One Run for Boston, a non-stop relay race that began in Santa Monica, Calif. on March 16 and concluded on Boylston Street in Boston. The event raised over $430,000 for the One Fund Boston.

“The survivors have been our inspiration every step of the way,” McGillivray, said to the crowd in Copley Square after the conclusion of the relay race.“We’re taking back that street and we’re taking back that finish line, and we will not be denied our running freedom, ever.”