The Race: Run Like A Champion

by Sammy Tippit

Genres: Bible Study & Devotionals, Biography, Christian Living, Inspirational

ISBN: 9781935507505

176 pages

Price: $11.99

These truths in The Race 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.

Endorsements for The Race:

I never fail to come away inspired after hearing or reading something from Sammy Tippit. The Race is no exception. You’ll be challenged and refreshed if you let its message reach your soul.
– Jerry B. Jenkins, Co-Author of the Left Behind series, Colorado Springs, Colorado

I was gripped from the first word of The Race!  If you are a sports fan, a God fan, or just a fan of living the life you were meant to live, you are going to love this book. Even better, you will be changed by it. You will run!
– Dr. John Avant, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, West Monroe, Louisiana

Sammy Tippit lives what he writes about. I’ve been blessed to hear him share his heart on this subject and to now see it in print is a double blessing. Sammy is one who has run the race well. He is a champion on every level. The Race is a book you will want to read and recommend to others.
– Michael Catt, 
Sr. Pastor, Sherwood Church, Albany, Georgia, Executive Producer, Sherwood Pictures

What an incredible challenge! I just couldn’t put it down! In a day of lukewarmness and half-heartedness, The Race challenged me to a higher level of personal discipline. Sammy has done it again!  Another book that pours his journey into mine.
– Dave Engbrecht, Senior Pastor, Nappanee Missionary Church, Nappanee, Indiana

Sammy Tippit brings together his experiences as a runner  along with the wealth of biblical material that applies to running and physical fitness, and  gives us a challenging word for running the Christian life in a way that honors Christ. I was rebuked, encouraged, and trained as I read, and feel better equipped to run the race before me.
– Dave Butts, Chairman, America’s National Prayer Committee

The Race is the perfect example of a dramatic human plot portrayed before divine themes that are as real to the reader as the pages upon which they are written. You can’t put this one down. A masterpiece!
– Dr. Joe Aldrich, President , Louisiana College , Pineville, LA

Embedded within these pages lie some critical forgotten factors that will help ignite a fire for personal revival while enabling you to endure the challenges we all experience on our journey toward Christlikeness.  To not discover and digest these truths could hinder the times of refreshing God wants you to experience in order to complete life’s race successfully.
– Byron Paulus, Executive Director ,Life Action Ministries, Niles, MI

As a runner throughout my life and as one who has competed in the Boston Marathon, I have been enthralled with the stories and life lessons in The Race.  As a friend of and fellow minister with Sammy Tippit for over thirty years, I know the heart of this champion for the gospel of Jesus and the price he has paid to proclaim it. And, like Sammy, I know that champions, in both running and life, become champions because they face and overcome adversity. The athletic insights in The Race will help you turn life’s painful experiences into awesome victories, and they will cause you to run life’s daily race with a more intense focus on The Finish Line!
– Barry St.Clair, President, Reach Out Youth Solutions, Atlanta, GA

Foreword by Mike Huckabee:

I first met Sammy Tippit a little over thirty years ago when he was inspiring a generation of young people across America. He continues to motivate people today to fulfill their potential in life. He presents us with an incredible challenge in his latest book, The Race. I readily understood the pain, agony, and victory in his story of running the course of the original Greek marathon.

While Governor of Arkansas, I quit digging my grave with a knife and fork and took up running and lost more than 100 pounds. Since then, I’ve realized there is a great health crisis in America. As a people, we need the inspiration, motivation, and discipline to make lifestyle choices that place us on the road towards health.

Sammy Tippit provides such inspiration and motivation in The Race. His story of a bout with cancer and his decision to run the original Greek marathon shows the way to overcoming life’s great adversities. It’s laced with testimonies from some of America’s great athletes. Yet, this book is much more than a tutorial on running. It’s about life and how an ordinary person can live as a champion.
Sammy Tippit intertwines running principles with biblical truths that show the way to personal renewal, strength and character development. Reading his words and sensing his excitement, you will want to run well The Race. He provides practical insights to running and living from men like Ryan Hall, America’s great marathoner. The book is deeply spiritual, very practical, and extremely helpful.

It’s filled with exciting stories and life lessons that will enable you to run The Race and run it well.


Sammy Tippit, has preached some of the largest evangelistic meetings in the world - proclaiming God's message of peace in stadiums in war-torn Burundi, met with government and religious leaders shortly after the attempted genocide in Rwanda, and brought hope to persecuted believers in the former Soviet-bloc nations. In May 1999, he preached in Maracana, the world's largest stadium, located in Rio de Janeiro. Not only did thousands come to Christ, but the event was attended and supported by many high ranking government officials. In just the last 40 years of ministry, Tippit has proclaimed the gospel in more than 80 countries throughout the world. Tippit was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Prior to surgery, God spoke to his heart to fulfill a life-long dream by running the course of the original Greek marathon. He lost 60 pounds and ran the “Athens Classic Marathon” in November 2008 and experienced a great spiritual renewal. One year later, he won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the Texas Senior Games. He married Debara “Tex” Sirman in 1968, and they now have two children and five grandchildren.