I had the pleasure of growing up with Gabe in rural Vermont. I learned to snowboard with him and played soccer and Basketball with him from Junior High on up. I remember being upset when he first branched off from our normal sports routine to focus primarily on running. That was until I saw the joy running brought to him and how it drove him, making him excel immediately and post records I could never dream of. He always told me how free it made him feel and how light he felt with ever stride.. I never looked up to any one of my colleagues or friends as much as Gabe. He chased his dreams, doing what he loved while always reminding others to follow theirs. I'm broken by his loss but forever grateful for the time we had. It had been years since I saw Gabe but we would keep in touch every so often. I followed him closely through his running career and was never surprised to find him excelling on every level. The sky was the limit in my eyes for Gabe and I always kinda chuckled at every PR he would hit as I knew my friend was probably already trying to think of ways to shave some more time off. It brings me peace to see the many heartfelt messages, proving what I already knew, that Gabe kept that kind, loving, hard working personality as he continued to grow and climb the ranks as a runner.
I love you Gabe, you inspired me through some crucial times in my childhood and you continue to do so everyday. Rest in Peace