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
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.
Bob Beattie has over 35 years experience in both retail and wholesale management in sporting goods. Bob began his sports career in retail at Schwab’s Second Wind before moving on to the Gubbins team, where he has been actively involved in the operations of Gubbins since the 1990s. Bob has lived on Long Island for most of his life, and for the past 20 years he has been a key contributor to the east end road race circuit through his involvement in race management and timing. In 2008, formed Island Timing, which uses state of the art timing chips in all of its races. Bob organizes and times over 70 races a year for non profit organizations, including the Ridley 5K in Riverhead, Firecracker 8K in Southampton, Koziars 5K in Westhampton, Katie's Courage in Sag Harbor and many more. In his spare time, Bob enjoys hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
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Ryan Hagen graduated from Potomac Falls High School (VA) in 2009, where he set multiple school records that still stand and won several district, regional and Virginia State titles in both relays and the 800m. As a student at Virginia Tech (VT), Ryan earned a place in the Top 10 in school history in the 600m, 1000m, 1500m, the Mile and the 3K between 2009 and 2013. While a member of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship Track and Cross Country teams, he was a multiple-time ACC Mile and 1500 finalist. Also, at the 2013 Indoor NCAA championships, he received second-team All-American honors as part of VT's Distance Medley Relay team. Ryan graduated in 2013 from VT with a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. He plans to continue a career in the sports industry. He enjoys running and training on the trails of Sag Harbor and Shelter Island with his teammate Jason Cusack.
1 mile: 4:03
Jason graduated from Griswold HS (Connecticut) in 2008, the same year that he earned the title of State Champion in the 1600. As a team captain he led his high school cross-country team to their 8th consecutive state title, earning them a state record for the highest number of consecutive wins. He then attended and ran for Virginia Tech, graduating with a BS in Industrial Design. Between 2011-2013, he was a member of four Atlantic Coast Conference Championship teams and he won an individual ACC title in the Steeplechase (2012). Jason holds the school record at Virginia Tech for the 3000m Steeplechase. Aside from running, he likes to screen print, and practice wood and metal working. He runs locally on the roads and trails of Sag Harbor, training with his teammate Ryan Hagen.
1 mile: 4:06
3000 Steeplechase: 8:47
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.