The San Francisco Marathon may not carry with it the prestige of its New York or Boston counterparts—and may not be as famous as another San Francisco race, the Bay to Breakers—but the 2013 iteration was quite exciting. Frenchman Francois Lhuissier won the race while the top female finisher, Anna Bretan, set an unofficial track record, according to thesfmarathon.com.
Lhuissier, a professor at Columbia University, won the race with a top overall time of two hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds, while Bretan blew through the course in record time, finishing in 2:42:25.
Here is Lhuissier crossing the finish line:
Bretan also won the 2012 Oakland Marathon and has competed in a number of marathons already. She kept the women's title local, as she lives in Berkeley. Here she is giving interviews after the race:
Ismail Ssenyange finished in second place on the men's side with a time of 2:30:10, while Michael Wardian came in third at 2:30:18.
The three posed for the cameras after the event.
Devon Yanko (2:52:27) took home second for the women, while Anna Li (3:02:07) rounded out the top three.
As was to be expected, security was ramped up for the event in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. Still, that didn't stop the runners from enjoying the beautiful course that took them over and back across the iconic Golden Gate bridge.
Via Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle, the racers also ran through the Presidio and on a lovely trip through Golden Gate Park.
Here are the top finishers, courtesy of RunRaceResults.com:
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