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“Gibby’s Gallop” Results in Scholarships

L to R: David’s mother Val Gibson, Alan Gibson (David's brother) and his son, Hudson Pell-Gibson; David’s father Dennis Gibson, and Sarah Ries (David’s sister) Credits: Melissa Benno
Courtney Stanton (center) with her sisters Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno
Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – The second “Gibby’s Gallop” was held on October 3, and about 75 runners participated in the event. The 5k and 5-mile run is named after Montville Township High School student David Gibson, who died in 2005 in a car accident.

“He was an avid swimmer and rugby player,” said Gibson’s mother Val.  “We have held ‘Gibby's Day’ for the past 10 years to celebrate his life and also give out scholarships to a male and female graduating rugby senior from the U-18 Morris Rugby Corporation teams.  To date we have given over $28,000. This was the second year for the race.  We wanted to be able to bring Montville into part of his celebration.” David was a charter member of the Montville Youth Rugby program.

Montville resident and five-mile race third place winner Courtney Stanton said, “I went to school with David and I’m good friends with David’s sister. I think it’s great that they’re doing this fundraiser and my sisters and I love running.”

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The runners braced pouring rain and the opening ceremony included MTHS teacher Kurt Kilanowski reading from a poem called “The Racer.”

“I had planned to read the whole poem, but due to the rain I only read the last 2 stanzas,” said Kilanowski. “I thought the selection was appropriate in light of the fine English weather and the Gibsons' English roots. Truthfully, the athlete in the poem reminded me of David -- his compete level; his dedication; and, most of all, his laugh at the end. These descriptions are the ways in which my wife (another one of David's high school teachers) and I always discuss David.”

The race took the runners through the Brittany and Konner Road section of town.

5k Winners

Thirteen-year-old Michael Scornavacca of Denville came in first at 19 minutes and 13 seconds, Nader Abadir came in second, and Mitchell Eddeh came in third.

Five Mile Winners

Robert Skorupski of Rockaway placed first, with a time of 32 minutes and 11 seconds. Robert Leonard placed second, and Courtney Stanton of Montville came in third.

The Gibson family extends a thank you to the sponsors of the race, including the Montville Township Board of Education, the Montville Township Library, and the Montville Township Police, plus the following:

Harrigans – (For more information, click HERE)

Montville Pro Martial Arts -  (For more information, click HERE)

Montville Unico -   (For more information, click HERE)

4 x 3 Web Design -   (For more information, click HERE)

Armac -   (For more information, click HERE)

Barefoot Rehabilition -  (For more information, click HERE)

Boonton Express Car Wash -  (For more information, click HERE)

Class Act -   (For more information, click HERE)

Culligan –  (For more information, click HERE)

DRA - (For more information, click HERE)

Econo Courier – (For more information, click HERE)

Health and Wellness Partners - (For more information, click HERE)

Propel -  (For more information, click HERE )

Safe Kids Northern NJ - (For more information, click  HERE)

Titan Energy - (For more information, click HERE

White House "Design For Life" -  (For more information, click HERE)

And the following individual contributors:

Ferdico Family

Ganton Family

Charles & Lisa Gatto

Jerry Gialanella

Jim Harding

Sarah Hensal

George Naseef

Pownall Family

Danielle Speciale


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