It’s more than a Bible verse, it’s something I tell myself day after day. Reminding myself of that Bible verse during the hard times, whether that be running a marathon, or pushing through a rough patch in my life, it’s all about HIM. My faith, knowing that God’s got me, and that He is always by my side is a blessing.
I can’t tell you how many times that I felt like I couldn’t get through a part of a day… or, run another mile. Life is not meant to be easy, but it is better and manageable with God.
In 2013 at the WDW Marathon Weekend race expo, I met Chris Gillespie and learned about TEAM 413- GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES. I loved that there was a ministry for endurance athletes out there. That weekend, I picked up a TEAM 413 wristband, and wore it during my race the next morning.
Fast-forward to 8 years later, I can’t imagine not having TEAM 413 in it. It begins with a simple mission, to get out there and share the love of Christ with other endurance athletes, and becomes so much more. At the core of TEAM 413 is the shirt. The front of each reads, “One more breath, one more step, one more mile, finish line…” The back has the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I can’t imagine a world, a marathon running world without TEAM 413 -GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES in it. Due to the current state of things with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has all but shut down running races as we know it. That’s why getting out there and sharing is more important than ever. This means, praying and continuing to share the love of Christ in our own backyard where you currently run or workout. It also means that the ministries needs donations. With race expos gone, the main income center of TEAM 413 is non-existent. If you are able to make any sort of donation this year, and/or buy a shirt, please do so. It all helps keep TEAM 413 going and afloat.
I’d also love to hear your stories if you have them about how TEAM 413 and/or your faith have gotten you through a training run, a race or a tough journey in your life. Feel free to share in the comments, or you can email me directly if you prefer to keep it private. And, if I can ever pray for you, please let me know.