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Honolulu’s Baeza, Boston’s Dobbin win Maui Oceanfront Marathon titles

Humberto Baeza of Honolulu crosses the finish line at Kamehameha Iki Park to win the Maui Oceanfront Marathon on Sunday morning. Marathon-Photos.com photo

LAHAINA — A training run turned victorious for Humberto Baeza during the Maui Oceanfront Marathon.

The Honolulu native started off relaxed during the 26.2-mile course from Wailea to Lahaina, but came on strong to capture the title in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 11 seconds.

“It feels amazing. … I was going to take it easy because I ran Honolulu (Marathon) at 2:36, so this was just a training run,” Baeza, 31, said on Sunday after finishing the race at Kamehameha Iki Park. “Somebody went out fast so I just tried to catch them, and then went easy again after that.”

Rebecca Dobbin of Boston won the women’s title in 3:07:10.

Averaging just over a 6-minute-a-mile pace, Baeza steadily took over the lead between miles 17 and 20.

Boston’s Rebecca Dobbin heads to a women’s division title. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

Baeza said he raced the Maui Oceanfront Marathon once before — about three years ago — and clocked in a little over three hours, so he was happy with the improvement.

“It was a bit windy out there today, but overall, it was pretty good. Nice,” he said. “It was pretty creepy (running in the dark). There were cars coming from the other side so you have to watch out. All I could see was the guy ahead of me with his flashlight and was just trying to stick with him the whole time.”

Nicholas Aubert of Chicago finished only a few minutes behind (2:42:59), completing his 18th marathon as he makes his way toward his goal of running one in all 50 states.

“It was a little tough today, the rolling hills got to me a little later in the race, but it wasn’t too bad,” Aubert said.

Adam Lazrus of Baltimore was third in 2:53:53.

Dobbin, who has completed 11 marathons, ran at an average of 7:10 per mile.

“Oh my gosh it felt amazing,” the 25-year-old said. “I’m here on vacation and Maui does not disappoint. This whole race was amazing, such great course support, it felt really great.

“It was definitely hot but it was good.”

Dobbin ran the first quarter of the route side-by-side with Honolulu’s Rebecca Cooley, who finished second in 2:19:02.

“It was really fun, honestly, to be able to run with her and work together,” Dobbin said.

Amber Sublet of Ukiah, Calif., placed third in 3:18:20.

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com.

Editor’s note: Due to space limitations, full results from the Maui Oceanfront Marathon will be published in a future edition of The Maui News.