Berkeley woman, Frenchman first to finish S.F. Marathon 

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.

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