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Berkeley Woman, Frenchman Win San Francisco Marathon

Francois Lhuissier and Anna Bretan were the winners



    (Published Sunday, June 16, 2013)

    A Berkeley woman and a Parisian man were the first to cross the finish line in the Wipro San Francisco Marathon this morning, a race spokeswoman said.

    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.

    On the women's side, 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.

    More than 25,000 runners are participating in this year's 26.2-mile race, which winds 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.


    The marathon's route is available online at