Gubbins Running Ahead is family owned and operated. Beginning solely as a venue dedicated to running sneakers and apparel, the business has expanded over the years to include a myriad of sports and leisure activity equipment, including tennis, weight lifting, basketball, football, baseball/softball, lacrosse, field hockey, swimming and much more. All of the members of our staff are athletes themselves and are knowledgeable in a variety of sports. To find out more about the Gubbins Staff, click on their photos to the left and learn about their individual accomplishments. Our Gubbins Team is ready and willing to help you with all your sporting goods needs. Come visit us soon at any one of our four locations. We look forward to meeting you!
Barbara Gubbins (December 29, 1959) grew up playing sports at a time when many females steered clear of athletics. By the time she graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1978, Barbara had excelled in field hockey, basketball, volleyball and softball, often voted Captain of the team and receiving MVP honors. Barbara did not begin running competitively until college, when her endurance on the lacrosse field caught the attention of the track coaches. Barbara took to the sport immediately, achieving All American honors in Cross Country in 1983 and in Indoor Track in 1985. As a nationally ranked runner and Olympic trials qualifier, Barbara was a Nike sponsored athlete. After graduating from Stony Brook University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Barbara continued to train, joining the Warren Street Racing Team in NYC, of which she is still an active member. Barbara recently received All American honors in both the mile and 3000m in the Women’s Masters (over 40) category. She is also well known in the Long Island running circuit due to her proven staying power, appearing on the cover of Island Wide Running and in Running Times magazine for her many outstanding performances. When not working at one of the four Gubbins stores, Barbara continues to run on a daily basis and dominate local road races.
Justin Andrew Gubbins (February 13, 1952) still holds the Bellport High School record in the 2 mile, set in 1969. As a high school runner, Justin was an All State athlete and held the 10th fastest high school marathon time in the nation. He attended Georgetown University on a full track scholarship from 1970 to 1974. Justin was captain of the Hoya Cross Country and Track teams and earned All IC4A honors. He is also a two time qualifier for the Olympic Trials in the marathon, both in ’72 and ’76. He has been ranked nationally in the 15 mile (5th) and 20 mile (2nd) races, among such running legends of the 70s as Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. His marathon time of 2:20:21 at the AAU National Championship was the 10th fastest in the US in 1975. As a professional runner sponsored by Adidas, Justin was also a 9 time winner of the Cross Island Marathon, 3 time winner of the Newsday Marathon (previously known as the Earth Day Marathon), and a 14th place finisher in the Boston Marathon. After retiring from competitive running, Justin continued to stay involved in the sport as a cross country and track coach at Southampton High School, where he worked as a Special Education teacher.
1 mile: 4:12
2 mile: 9:01
5 mile: 24:05
15 mile: 1:22:07
20 mile: 1:49:26
Megan Gubbins (September 16, 1982) began running competitively in the 7th grade. As captain of the Southampton High School Cross Country and Track and Field teams, Megan broke 6 school records on the track and holds every cross country record. She also earned multiple County Championship titles and All State honors. As a senior, Megan excelled in the girls’ steeple chase, breaking the New York State record and placing 5th at Nike Outdoor Nationals, earning All American honors. An exceptional student, Megan also broke records in the academic arena. As valedictorian of her class, Megan achieved the highest grade point average to ever graduate from her high school in 2001. She attended Harvard University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Megan continues to run and train recreationally. She is now a 2012 J.D. candidate at Tulane Law School.
2000m Steeple Chase: 7:13
Half Marathon: 1:25:49
Geary Patrick Gubbins (May 29, 1987) was a competitive runner at the high school and collegiate levels. Graduating from Southampton High School in 2005 with multiple school records, County Championships, All State and All American honors, he then matriculated to Duke University as a scholarship athlete to further his education and running career. Geary ran personal bests in cross country and on the track, qualifying for the IC4A Indoor Championships in 2006. In addition to running, Geary also enjoys playing basketball and golf recreationally. As a member of the Delta Sigma fraternity at Duke, his intramural team was named dodgeball champions and competed in the championship basketball game in the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. Also an avid golfer, Geary spent many weekends on the Washington Duke golf course. Geary graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006 and is now working full-time at Gubbins Running Ahead as the Store Manager and Buyer.
Tara Farrell ran for Stony Brook University, where she met Barbara Gubbins, who would occasionally visit her alumna mater to run track workouts with the team. Following graduation, Tara joined the Gubbins team as an employee in Southampton. In addition to working at Gubbins and abiding by a strict training regime of daily runs and weight lifting, Tara has also earned certification as a massage therapist. Tara has two children, a son and a daughter, and is an active competitive racer on Long Island.
Luis Darwin German (September 22, 1987) began a career in running during his freshmen year at Southampton High School. Born in the Dominican Republic, Luis was active in baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and volleyball as a youth before he dedicated himself to the sport of track and field. Graduating from Southampton High School in 2005 with multiple school records, County Championships, and All State Honors, Luis matriculated to Sacred Heart University. During the summer, Luis is active on the east end road racing circuit with a 5k personal best of 15:04. In addition to running, Luis continues to have a passion for his childhood sport of soccer. A highly competitive individual, Luis has been extremely successful in all sports, and has excelled in a wide variety of events on the track. Luis graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2009 and he would ultimately like to pursue a career in business.
Jacqueline just loves to run.
Mike McShane graduated from Molloy College in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Business Management and a minor in history. While studying there, he earned the title of 2012 East Coast Conference Champ in the mile and the 4x800. Mike enjoys running, music, art and participating in other outdoor activities, especially baseball. His future plans include continuing to build a career at Gubbins.
Kevin Harvey (May 8, 1992) from Merrick, NY, grew up playing all kinds of sports and eventually began running competitively at Sanford H. Calhoun High School. After graduating from Calhoun in 2010 with multiple County titles and All State honors, he then accepted an athletic scholarship to Fordham University to continue his education and running career. While setting new personal bests, Kevin earned a double major B.S. in Mathematics and Economics. On the Gubbins team, Kevin plans for focus on the mile and 5k, chasing the 4 minute mile mark.
A 2014 University of Vermont alumnus, Aaron graduated from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Nature Resources with a BS in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Ecology and Conservation. As an America East Conference 10k champion, Aaron broke the conference and the school record (1982) in the 10k. An All-Conference 5k runner, he helped the Catamounts achieve a 7th place finish in both the cross-country and the indoor conference championships. This was followed by a 5th place finish outdoors, earning him team MVP for all three seasons. Son of Dr. Melissa Klaus and Eric Szotka, Aaron grew up an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.
Coming south from the river bend in Connecticut known as Middletown, Nick’s running career started in 2006 when he joined the Xavier High School Cross Country team. Throughout his time at Xavier, Nick received All-County, All-Conference, and All-State honors in both Cross Country and Track. In 2009, Nick and his team won their Conference meet, along with Xavier’s first State Class and State Open titles in over 10 years. Upon graduation, Nick attended Stony Brook University, where he majored in Health Care Management, and ran under coach and former marathoner Andy Ronan. While at Stony Brook, Nick focused on events ranging from the 3k to the 10k. In 2013 and 2014, Nick scored points for Stony Brook in the 10k at the America East Outdoor Championship. In his free time, Nick enjoys fishing, reading, playing board games, riding his 10-speed, and playing darts at Murfs. While at Gubbins Nick looks to improve all of his track PR’s and have a successful road racing career.