How would you feel if an Olympic medalist popped into your self storage facility? That would be rather exciting, wouldn’t it? That’s exactly what happened earlier this week in the Big Yellow Self Storage facility in Cardiff, Wales.
Olympian Jamie Baulch dropped by the Big Yellow facility to meet Big Yellow’s Cardiff team for the Go Dad Run. He was in town with the Go Dad Run tour bus that was promoting their upcoming 5K run. The run will be held on the Father’s Day Weekend, June 14 and 15 and will start at 10:30 a.m. on both days.
Baulch won the 400 meters gold medal at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. His team won a gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay at the 1997 World Championships and a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic games.
The Go Dad Run is Colin Jackson’s brainchild. Jackson has run both the 60 meter and the 110 meter hurdle race. He has won 12 gold medals in the World Championship, the World Indoor Championship, the European Championships, European Indoor Championships, and the Commonwealth games. He was also on the British 4 x 400 meter relay team with Baulch when their team won the silver Olympic medal.
Two of Jackson’s uncles had prostate cancer. After witnessing the devastating effects it had on their lives, Jackson wanted to help raise awareness of men’s health issues so he created the Go Dad Run. Jackson modeled his race after the Race for Life, which is a women-only fundraising event.
In selecting the date for the run, Jackson pondered which day would be easy to remember and one that has a focus on men. He realized that Father’s Day was that day. So, he chose it to be the annual day for the run.
The run is open to any man or boy 14 years old or older. They can sign up, get sponsored, and run, jog or walk during the run. The run will be held in Cardiff, London, and Birmingham. Big Yellow is supporting the event in all three locations. Every race entrant will receive a medal and a goodie bag. Trophies will be awarded, too.
This is a family event. The fathers, sons, and brothers can race. The mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives can cheer for their family members who are racing.
Big Yellow Cardiff Getting in the Go Dad Run Spirit with Olympic Athlete Jamie Baulch.” Big Yellow Self Storage blog; 20 May 2014.