For avid runner James Steller, running and giving back to his community go hand in hand. Steller has worked at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) for 17 years now in a variety of roles, and he currently serves as the Reliability & Refinery Excellence Manager. During his career in the Pacific Northwest, he fell in love with running and has run more than 1,300 miles across over 70 races of varying distances.
“The hardest part is getting a run in before work and still making it to the office before 7 a.m.!” he said. “I pull myself out of bed most days at 4:15 a.m. to clock 6–8 miles, shower and then head to the site. Running helps clear my mind for what I need to focus on that day.”
Steller’s 160-mile run around Whidbey Island, WA from Sept. 1-3 may represent his most ambitious race yet. Steller is a Coupeville, WA resident who also serves as a board member of the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools. His son Grant is a 7th grader at Coupeville Middle School. By running the race, he hopes to raise at least $5,000 for the foundation.
His family will directly match donations, and they’re also organizing a raffle. In addition, Shell will match all of his donations up to $7,500 via the company’s ‘Helping Employees Reach Out’ (HERO) employee giving program. The company has a double match period during the first two weeks in September, which enables employees to make an even greater impact.
“Our foundation has an annual goal of $20,000 in fundraising per year, and PSR’s employees have made a tremendous difference for the foundation and my community,” said Steller.
Jim Waller of the Whidbey News-Times recently published an article on Steller’s upcoming run. Click here. to read the full story. You can learn more about the race and Steller's fundraising goals here.