Berkeley Woman, French Man Finish First In San Francisco Marathon

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Berkeley woman and a Parisian man were the first to cross the finish line in the Wipro San Francisco Marathon Sunday morning, a race spokeswoman said.

Bay Area resident Anna Bretan finished first while setting a new course record, Radloff said.

Bretan’s unofficial race time was two hours 42 minutes and 25 seconds, Radloff said.

Bretan, 28, has competed in multiple marathons and half-marathons and was the women’s winner of the 2012 Oakland Marathon, Radloff said.

On the men’s side Francois Lhuissier, 35, the unofficial marathon winner, finished the 26.2-mile course with a time of two hours 25 minutes and 14 seconds, spokeswoman Jenny Radloff said.

A native of France, Lhuissier is a noted running competitor and currently lives in New York City, where he is a visiting professor at Columbia University, Radloff said.

More than 25,000 runners participated in this year’s 26.2-mile race, which wound along the Embarcadero to the Golden Gate Bridge, through Golden Gate Park, into the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the Mission District, and back to the city’s waterfront.

Various Muni bus lines were temporarily re-routed until about 11 a.m., and street closures continued to impact traffic throughout the city long after the end of the race.

See the marathon’s route online at www.thesfmarathon.com/the-race/traffic-impact.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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