When you run, walk, or interval run (run/walk), the physical element is obvious.  You train to a target race, a target distance, or for a predetermined duration.  As your heart rate increases you fill with courage.  You fill with hope.  You become stronger.  Your spirit soars. 

Our Team Persevere mission is to encourage you to feel the exhilarating power of spirit as you run, walk, or interval run (run/walk); to feel the exhilarating and refreshing power of your spirit and the spiritual strength of a higher power.

USA Track & Field is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States.

We work together so you achieve rhythm - emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental rhythm to cultivate better emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.

​​Team Persevere in Baltimore

How does "spirit" fit in?

Whether you worship God, the Lord, Jesus Christ, Yahweh, or Allah, practice Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, recognize, as our Native North American sisters and brothers do, the Great Spirit, or acknowledge that there is a higher power, learn and respect the beliefs of others.  You will feel your spirit connect with others as you run or walk.

Emotional, Spiritual, Physical, and Mental health.  Perhaps, you think of it as "being in sync" as your heart, lungs, muscles, and mind work together.


"but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31

“The five S’s of sports training are:  Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill, and Spirit; but the greatest of these is Spirit."

Ken Doherty

As children, once we stood up and let go of the couch, a chair, or whatever piece of furniture we pulled ourselves up on, we lit out to hesitantly wobble a few steps before collapsing onto the floor.  From there it was a pretty quick progression to WALK farther and farther until one day we chose to go faster.  Running!  What freedom! 

Farther?  Faster?  To build strength and endurance to run, walk, or interval run (run/walk) to improve our health, to cover long distances…we can do this!  It’s within us!  Let’s nurture it.  Let’s refine it.  Let’s celebrate it!  

“Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1