Cross Trainers

In the New Testament, the Christian life is often compared to running a race where each Christian is an athlete. This race is not a sprint, but an event which requires great endurance. Life is like a race that is set before us, and we must run it. Notice these verses found in Hebrews 12:1-2:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Cross Trainers ministry has a two-fold focus: Center on Christ and fulfill the Commission to the Community.


Center on Christ

Cross Trainers is a ministry of runners, walkers, and supporters striving to “walk right, run strong, and life different.” We desire to walk closely with the Lord and “look unto Jesus” in all things that the race of life has in store. Christ is our “Captain” and trains us how to run the race. Having a right walk helps build the spiritual endurance necessary to run strong in the Christian life. As we lay aside those things which slow us down, we run strong for the glory of God. Each Cross Trainer strives to have a godly testimony that will impact both the church and the community of Tampa to follow Christ.


Commission to the Community

The Great Commission directs Christians to go into all the world and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Providing Christian outreach to the community of Tampa is a top priority to Southside Baptist. At each sponsored event, each racer receives an invitation to our church and gospel tract in their “goodie bag” and race packet. The Cross Trainers set up a booth as an outreach center during each race to take every opportunity to share the gospel with racers and their families. These races are great occasions in which to show the love of God to thousands of people in our community. Fulfilling the Commission to the Community is the primary purpose behind the Cross Trainers ministry.

Sponsored Events

The Great West Chase 5K – October 29, 2011

Gasparilla Distance Classic – March 3-4, 2012

Tampa Police Memorial Run 5K – October 6, 2012


  1. Good morning, My name is Elizabeth and i am new to the South Tampa area. I am looking for a good church to join as well as a church running group. I would love to hear more about this running group and when and where it meets Thank you!

  2. Hello, Elizabeth!

    Welcome to South Tampa! We hope that you will stop by to visit Southside Baptist Church so you can experience our ministry in person. Our "Cross Trainers" ministry is an outreach program designed to work through sponsorships of running events. Our next opportunity is during the Gasparilla Distance Classic, the largest race in the Tampa Bay area, on February 21-22. We will be at the Health and Fitness expo at our booth to pass out Gospel literature. Occasionally, the Cross Trainers ministry will have members of our church run in these events as well. We do not have regular running times or a training program, though we do have many members who are active runners and athletes who participate in various races throughout the year. If you'd like more insight into this ministry, please ask to speak with Joe Martin when you visit us at Southside. Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We pray that God will continue to guide you as you search for your church home! God Bless!

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