Greg Gillum has always been a very involved neighbor in the 12South area, even starting the 12South Runners in May of 2011. Today that vision has led to the first annual 12South Winter Warm-Up. Village Real Estate Services, Rudy Title, and SWBC Mortgage have teamed up to sponsor this great event. This race includes a 6K, 12K and one-mile fun run race to benefit Go Green District 17 (retrofitting homes in the Chestnut Hill/Belmont/12South area) as well as Friends of Sevier Park.
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When Greg Gillum and his wife moved to the 12 South neighborhood two years ago, it didn’t take long for him to get connected.
Gillum, a 39-year-old medical science liaison, took the initiative to start the Twitter handle “@12SouthRunners” in May 2011, and with just a few tweets, a small group of tennis-shoe-clad neighbors began convening twice a week for three- to five-mile runs.
“It became pretty apparent that others felt the group was a positive force,” Gillum said. “The motto of the 12 South Neighborhood Association is ‘Restoring Community,’ and the running group is a great example of that. It’s brought together a diverse group of people and united them for some exercise and to enjoy each other’s company.”
Over the past two years, the group has expanded to include around 20 members, and in turn has increased its running options. While the group sets off at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, morning and weekend runs are coordinated on a Facebook page as well. The 12 South Runners struck a deal with 12 South Taproom and Edley’s Barbeque to offer weekly two-for-one drink specials, which created a prime excuse for some post-run bonding.
But over time, Gillum, who also serves as secretary for the 12 South Neighborhood Association, realized that the running group posed a unique opportunity to help support the community on an even larger scale.
Recently, he learned about “Go Green District 17,” a Hands On Nashville initiative to help winterize homes throughout the 12 South, Belmont and Waverly areas. In conjunction with Village Real Estate and other local partners, Hands On Nashville raised more than $30,000, which was invested in eight homes in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, just north of 12 South. Over four days, volunteers tested each home’s efficiency, and worked to re-insulate and seal leaks — efforts that can turn into real home energy savings. One home’s leakage was reduced by 30 percent.
Upon hearing of these results, Gillum began dreaming about hosting a 12 South road race to support the program.
With sponsorships from Village Real Estate, Rudy Title and Escrow, and SWBC Mortgage in place, and a sold-out “Winter Warmer” beer festival already on the books for the neighborhood on Dec. 1, Gillum and a small team of volunteers began planning for the community’s first fundraising 6K, 12K and one-mile fun run races to benefit Go Green District 17 as well as Friends of Sevier Park: The 12 South Winter Warm-Up.