ONE MORE BREATH, ONE MORE STEP, ONE MORE MILE, FINISH LINE ...
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
TEAM 413 – GRACERUNNER Ministries
Founder & Executive Director
TEAM 413 - GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES is the world's largest ministry for endurance athletes. Our primary mission is to share Christ with "whosoever" along our journey.
Our mission is to... Share the love of Christ in the athletic world through words and actions; Promote the physical, mental, and spiritual well being of the athlete; Minister to runners in road races across the country as we run "side by side!"
TEAM 413 OVERVIEW
TEAM 413 exists to share the love of Christ in the athletic arena, promote the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the athlete, and compete in road races across the country. Our mission is to... Share the love of Christ in the athletic world through words and actions; Promote the physical, mental, and spiritual well being of the athlete; Minister to runners in road races across the country as we run "side by side." We believe that the truth of "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" in Philippians 4:13 is our call to serve Christ in ALL we do.
From one t-shirt to the largest ministry for endurance athletes in the world – Chris Gillespie calls TEAM 413 a miracle of God's grace. In 2003 Gillespie founded the non-profit ministry inspired by God's calling in his life. Even though he has had a very successful professional career in sports medicine, TEAM 413 is his passion – a labor of love for runners and other endurance athletes worldwide. Whether challenging others to walk a lap around a track or run a mile, change an attitude or improve a relationship, Gillespie shares a message of hope, confidence, perseverance, courage, and strength. His ultimate goal is to exhibit in his own life and to impart to others the truth of his life verse, Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Chris has done much in his 33-year career as a certified athletic trainer. He served in many capacities in sports medicine at Samford University from 1982-2013. He retired from the Birmingham, Alabama institution in July 2013, worked as Associate Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Georgia where he oversaw administration and mentoring programs as well as rendering sports medicine care to UGA’s athletes in 2013-14, and is now full-time with TEAM 413.
He has spoken at athletic training and sports medicine seminars from coast to coast. He has also served on numerous athletic training committees at the state, district, and national levels. He has served as president of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association. In addition, Chris served as a member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Licensure Task Force and was a member and Vice-Chair of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers for more than a decade. He was an athletic trainer for track & field and the marathon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Among his many awards in the athletic training field are the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Service Award, the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association District Award, the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Educator Award, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Chris was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2008. The highest honor of his stellar career came in June 2012 when he was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, an honor that exists to recognize the very best in the profession of athletic training.
Chris Gillespie's story is one of inspiration. He shares his words of encouragement, God's grace, and overcoming trials to running groups, churches, sports teams, and at marathons speaker series across the United States. Chris is the author of GRACERUNNER – FAITH ON THE RUN and is currently working on two more books based on his life experiences.
A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Chris and his wife, Kiki, now live in Athens, Georgia. Chris has two daughters, Morgan (29) and Ashley (27) and two step children, Gerrit (16) and Hanna (14).
What They Say
"Chris and TEAM 413 bring incredible inspiration to runners of all abilities! His message of being able "to do all things through Christ who strengthens me" is done in an entertaining way that will inspire runners through their toughest miles. If you have the chance to hear Chris speak, don't miss this uplifting opportunity!"
Dick Beardsley - Running Legend
"Chris Gillespie is an inspiring person. He has not let challenges keep him from achieving goals that only a few runners have achieved. I recommend him as a speaker who inspires others to improve the quality of their lives."
Jeff Galloway - Olympian and World Renowned Running Coach
“Chris Gillespie’s inspiring message reaches everyone who is trying to achieve and do more. He has inspired and touched thousands of lives in a positive way by leading with his message of perseverance and hope. I am privileged to know this man of integrity.”
Marshall Ulrich – Author, Running on Empty – World Renowned Ultra Runner
"It is a rare treasure to have a friend who leads with unswerving compassion, focus on the finish line, and inspiring faith. Chris writes and speaks with wit and sensitivity, making each athlete's journey an adventure in fun!"
Creigh Kelley – President, Bkb LTD and Nationally Known Race Announcer
“Chris is a steely eyed determined man, strong of mind enough to overcome near tragedy in his own life, overcoming a terrible accident and turning negative into a tremendous positive both for him personally and for the countless thousands that he is now blessed to help each and every day…. His very own version of water into wine! I am so blessed to call Chris Gillespie my friend.”
Coach GP Pearlberg – Author – Run Tall, Run Easy
"Chris is a genuine, inspirational, and engaging speaker for people of all ages. He communicates his life story and personal mission with humor, intelligence, creativity and passion."
Matt Kerlin – Pastor to Samford University – Birmingham, AL
"Chris Gillespie is doing what God has asked all of us to do….spread the word using what gifts and talents we have. Every time he runs by someone while wearing his Team 413 shirt, he is solidifying his role as “God‟s Personal Running Messenger” reminding us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
Mark Knutson – Race Director – Fargo Marathon
"We were pleased to have Chris speak at this year's Health and Fitness Expo. His story and his vision was an inspiration not just for our participants, but for the entire community."
Jason Altman – Director, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
“One of Chris' passions is the ministry that he founded in 2003 to bring the message of Jesus Christ to runners and other endurance athletes. TEAM 413, based on Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” has blessed and encouraged thousands of athletes throughout the world. In faith, I know that the Lord has His hand on this ministry and on Chris Gillespie and will use both the ministry and the minister to introduce Jesus Christ to a world in desperate need of a savior.”
James B. Angel, PhD – Samford University – Birmingham, AL