Stillwater News Press

October 2, 2013

Stillwater man prepares for annual 100-lap run to benefit United Way

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — For the third year in a row, a Stillwater man will continue his efforts to motivate others to donate to the Stillwater United Way. Stillwater National Bank will host its 22nd Annual Spirit Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Third Avenue and Main Street.

However, an hour prior to the event, employee Daryl Ross will start his run, eventually jogging 100 laps around a few blocks of the bank.

Ross said the number of spectators has grown over the past three years.

“Distance running can, a lot of times, be a lonely deal but this is a unique setup,” Ross said.

Ross has run several marathons and looks forward to the 100 laps every year, tailoring his training to adapt.

“It’s neat from the standpoint that it’s something visible; people driving around wondering what’s going on,” he said.

Ross has raised $1,500 so far and hopes to raise more the day of the run. He said it would be hard to find someone who, in one way or another, hasn’t been affected by the services of organizations under the United Way branch.

“Their ability to distribute whatever funds they raise to these different organizations makes a world of difference,” he said.

Ross said he’ll continue to do what he can to bring more awareness to the fundraising efforts of the service organization.

“If we can keep it up and the interest is there and the bank lets me do it, I don’t see an end to it in the moment, anyway,” he said.

For more information on donating, contact Ross at or at 742-1344.