Welcome to The Race,

a book about life principles learned from the biblical imagery of the athlete, especially the runner. It contains testimonies of some of the world’s greatest sports figures—their successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, the pain suffered and the lessons learned.

These truths will send a refreshing from heaven as you read the Bible through the eyes of a runner. They will place you on the path of success as you pursue your life’s purpose. You will learn how to overcome life’s greatest adversities. But most important, you’ll understand what it takes to run the race of life and finish well. As you read The Race, you will cry out with Phidippedes, “Nenikékamen! Rejoice, we conquer!”

The running principles provide wisdom and inspiration for athletic performance and health benefits for readers. The biblical truths direct the reader down the path of spiritual renewal and personal growth. Sammy Tippit uses the imagery of the runner to show the reader the way to build the character, strength and endurance of a champion. It includes testimonies and interviews with Ryan Hall, American record holder for the half marathon; Charles Austin, Olympic and American record holder for the high jump; and Jerry Stovall, former All-Pro football player and former head football coach at Louisiana State University.

Read the Foreword by Gov. Mike Huckabee.