If you’re a runner, I’m sure you’ve seen the Team 413 shirts during one or more of your races. The shirt bears the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” from Philippians 4:13. That single verse has inspired, and continues to inspire runners (and non-runners) since Team 413 was established in 2003. This ministry is so important to the running community. Irregardless of your religious affiliation, we all need Team 413. But, the non-profit organization is in great need of our help.
Team 413 relies on donations and support in order to fund the work of the ministry. The budget the organization runs on is very small. Donations help to rent booth space at race expos, travel expenses and assist some fellow runners with significant personal need. Team 413 has to be present and visible in order to fulfill it’s mission to share the love of Christ in the athletic world through words and actions.
As a Team 413 supporter, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had comments from other runners out on a race course about my shirt. That Bible verse, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me helps so many! It always puts a smile on my face knowing that having that verse on my back might have encouraged someone and maybe even brought them closer to God. After having run 6 marathons and over 30 half marathons, I know I couldn’t have done it without God by my side. All I want for my fellow runners is to experience the joys of running and how much faith in God is for the journey. Team 413 helps to do that.
No matter where you are in your faith and relationship with God, please learn more about this amazing ministry. If Team 413 has touched or inspired you in any way, consider making a donation. It doesn’t have to be much, even a few dollars helps. You can also get a Team 413 shirt and other merchandise in the online store. Let’s help keep Team 413 strong!