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.
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 participated 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.
Two other participants in Sunday's marathon were also trying to run their way into the record books.
One was 28-year-old Nadia Ruiz, who will have completed 100 marathons after Sunday’s race.
Once she crossed the finish line in San Francisco, she was eligible for the Guiness Book of World Records for youngest person to finish 100 marathons.
To make Sunday, Father’s Day, even more memorable, she ran the course with her father.
The other headline-making participant was 62-year old David Wingard, who was using the marathon to start his campaign to hike the Appalachian Trail in under 46 days.
He held an event after he finished the marathon at the Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39.
Next summer he planned to start the hike, which will require him to complete 48 miles a day for six weeks in order for him to take the world record.
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