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Cross Country Testimonial

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Caleb Basile: I have been on the cross country team for two years now. I originally joined just because my brother, Matt, nearly “forced” me to run with him, so I decided I would join the team for one year. I wanted to quit a couple times in the first few weeks. However, I decided to stay committed to the team because I saw a light in many of the runners that I did not see in the average person.


    About two months later, I realized the joy of running. The joy of pushing yourself further, faster, longer than ever before. After a successful first season, I decided to commit myself as a four year runner.

    The greatest part of cross country is NOT times, records, or speeds. Rather, it is seeing a group of people come together and push each other to persevere on. Teamwork does wonders in the life of an individual. Running teaches us that we can do better than we think we can. I have seen many people live’s change and improve while on the cross country team. This year’s verse for the team is Hebrews 12:1-3.

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

    Teamwork does wonders in the life of an individual. Running teaches us that we can do better than we think we can.
    — Caleb Basile

    For me, running is a constant physical reminder that I need to persevere on to reach the spiritual race which God has marked out for me. Our motto is “run released.” In a race, there are many distractions we need to take out in order to run well. Distractions such as pain, time, distance, people, mistakes and regrets. In life, there are distractions which hinder us from running God’s race marked out for us; these distractions are called sin and can keep us from accomplishing God’s will. Will you be able to take off these distractions and continue to run? Run released. What is your race?

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