Gilda’s Gang

About Gilda’s Gang

Gilda’s Gang 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is an untimed, all-ages, all-abilities fundraising and community building event held at Shelby Park in East Nashville.

Established in 2021, the event drew more than 275 participants in its first year – a combination of individuals and families served by Gilda’s Club; longtime Gilda’s Club volunteers and supporters; and community and business leaders. The event returns for its fourth year on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  Registration starts at $35 per person with kids 12 and under free.

Gilda’s Gang 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run is named in honor of Dr. Gail Addlestone, a long-time Gilda’s Club volunteer and staff member who established a half-marathon training program and fundraiser – dubbed “Gilda’s Gang” – that raised more than $1.3 million for Gilda’s Club between 2006 and 2017. Despite losing Gail to metastatic breast cancer in 2007, her legacy of service, hard work and determination lives on through events like this one.

Dr. Gail Addlestone

During her lifetime, Dr. Gail Addlestone was many things to many people…a daughter, wife, mother, friend, and trusted pediatrician. For those of us at Gilda’s Club, Gail was each of these things, but, somehow, within our walls, she managed to still be more.

Gail first became involved with Gilda’s Club as a volunteer. Having lost her own mom to ovarian cancer, she was passionate about our mission from the very start. But, then, just a couple of years later, Gail was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

As Gail endured surgery, chemo, radiation, and more, she took on her second role at Gilda’s Club: Member. Gail participated in our weekly Moms Support Group and opened the door for us to serve her father, husband, daughter, and friends.

Sadly, Gail soon had to stop practicing medicine. This is when she changed roles yet again. This time, she became a part of our staff, serving in a way that combined her two passions: exercise during cancer treatment and supporting Gilda’s Club. Gail accomplished much while working for Gilda’s Club, but is perhaps best known for establishing what would later become Gilda’s Gang – a half-marathon training program and fundraiser that raised more than $1.3 million for Gilda’s Club between 2006 and 2017.

Since her death in 2007, Gail’s legacy has been recognized by Gilda’s Club in a number of ways. Gilda’s Gang was named in her honor, and she was celebrated posthumously with the Nancy Saturn Award of Inspiration in 2011. In addition, in 2018, the Dr. Gail Addlestone Community Building Award was created and is presented annually.

More Ways to Support Gilda’s Gang

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Be a Gilda’s Gang Corporate Sponsor

Corporate sponsors can meet their philanthropic goals while enjoying recognition, complimentary race registrations, and various other marketing benefits. Gilda’s Gang averages over 1.5 million impressions!

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Volunteer On Race Day

Our Gilda’s Gang volunteers are crucial to the success of this event! From stuffing race packets, to helping assemble the inflatable arch, there are opportunities for everyone.