Over 25,000 People Compete in San Francisco Marathon

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    Thousands of runners lined the streets of San Francisco to compete in the city's annual marathon.

    Thousands of people from all over the country winded their way through the streets of San Francisco bright and early Sunday to compete in the city's annual marathon.

    The first race started at 5:30 a.m., and the route kicked off and finished along the Embarcadero, with stops through the Marina, Golden Gate Bridge, the Park and the Presidio--tracing the northern part of the city.

    There were temporary closures and transit changes, as more than 25,000 people laced up for the race.

    "It does frustrate me a little bit because it does get very crowded--it's already crowded sometimes for the ballgames," runner Rachel Amaya said. "But it does get crowded."

    "I did not know there was a lot of stuff going on, but I’m used it being from LA," runner Chad Eichten said. "And there is always stuff going on, so you just figure out ways around it."

    The marathon's conclusion was around 1 p.m.

    A Berkeley woman won the San Francisco Marathon for the second year in a row, and a man from Reno, Nevada earned his first win.

    Anna Bretan finished the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 47 minutes and 50 seconds, according to race officials.

    That is just slightly longer than the two hours, 42 minutes and 25 seconds it took the mother of three to win the race in 2013.

    Bretan also, notably, was the women's winner of the 2012 Oakland Marathon.

    On the men's side, race officials report August Brautigam beat his competitors by crossing the finish line in two hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds.

    But just a few hours later, more sports fans will head to the city, as the San Francisco Giants try and avoid the sweep against their division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Cal-train is adding extra capacity for riders coming to the city for the game--or for people attending a late afternoon soccer match with the San Jose Earthquakes at Candlestick Park.