In his memoir, Running On Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life (HarperOne), with a foreword by Dean Karnazes (New York Times best-selling author of Ultramarathon Man), Lester shares the nine lessons that led him to achieve his dreams and find his calling. He lives these lessons every day, doing everything to the best of his ability, with intense drive and passion. Providing audiences with the tools to overcome the adversity they may face and pursue their passion, Lester demonstrates a practical and inspirational guide to never giving up in the game of life. To purchase your personalized sign copy please visit: Running On Faith
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On May 5th, 2013 – Lester ran 3,550 miles (avg. 49 miles a day) across the United States, becoming the 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco to New York City | Raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy Victims
In 2014 Lester ran 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China in 83 days setting the World Record by becoming the first person to run the length of the wall solo in a single attempt. | To help fight malnutrition in kids in Guatemala
On August 10th, 2016 he became the first American male to run across Australia. Lester’s Trans Australia Run started in Scarborough Beach, Western Australia and ended 135 days later in Bateman’s Bay, New South Wales. Lester ran 118 days, 2,633 miles, of which 2,000 miles were self supported pulling his gear in a 50 lb cart.
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These 10 Super Inspiring Fitness Stories Will Give You Motivation
Everyone has been throug h hardships in life. Everyone has a story to tell. And when it comes to going through difficult times, the story doesn’t always have to have a sad ending.
For a lot of people, fitness is a great way to take control of their story — physically and mentally. The gym becomes an outlet for self-improvement, a place where they can go put their mind at ease while pushing through their physical and mental limits. Overcoming hardships is a daunting task but one that can be accomplished through dedication and consistency — two traits that tend to be fostered through exercise and healthy eating.
The ten inspirational indiv iduals below changed their life thanks to fitness while motiv ating others to use movement as a way to cope with obstacles and disabilities and find themselves again. The stories below are in no particular order (but they will inspire you).
10. NICK SCOTT
9. JASON LESTER
8. JILLIAN MICHAELS
7. MELISSA STOCKWELL
6. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
5. STEVE SHAW
4. JAMIE (EASON) MIDDLETON
3. OBI OBADIKE
2. OZ SANCHEZ
1. JACK LALANNE
JASON LESTER RUNS 2,633 miles ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Standing at dusk, at the mouth of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay – the gateway to the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean – at the finish of running across the Australian continent from Perth.
KONA ULTRA-ENDURANCE ATHLETE JASON LESTER COMPLETES 2,633-MILE RUN ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Jason Lester is a man who gets to where he is going, no matter how far the journey is. The renowned Kona endurance athlete has traveled all over the world, running across several countries including the United States and China.
His most recent adventure, achievement, athletic endeavor, flight of insanity, or whatever people want to call it, was accomplished on Aug. 11 when Lester spent 135 days crossing Australia.
Lester left from Perth in Western Australia on March 11 and he would arrive 2,633 miles later at Batemans Bay in New South Wales. He spent 118 days on the move, completing anywhere from 26 to 48 miles per day. Rain caused several days of delay during the latter half of the trip.
Unlike his previous runs across the U.S. and the Great Wall of China, the trip across Australia was an impulse decision, coming a month before another trip was planned.
“When I crossed the U.S. I actually had the fourth fastest time and I wanted to go after the world record,” Lester said. “It was crazy. About a month before I was going to go I went to Australia and decided that I wanted to run around the world.”
Lester started his Trans Australia Run with a one-man support crew. Most runners doing long runs such as this usually have crews up to four or six people, who provide all types of support and carry the food and supplies. Some even drive RV’s so that the runner can rest at anytime on the journey.
On his previous runs, Lester had used support crews. However, about 500 miles into his trek across Australia, he decided to run self-supported.
“About 400 miles in I ran across two people who were cross country skiing across Australia and they were pulling a cart behind them with all their supplies,” Lester said. “It was about th is time that I started thinking that I could do this on my own. I asked what they were going to do with the cart and they said they were just going to throw it away because it was too expensive to fly back.”
Lester asked if he could have the cart when the two cross country skiers finished and they agreed. They shipped the cart to Lester from their finish point and the post office delivered it for free once they found out what he was doing.
Now armed with a cart, Lester pulled away from his crew and went out on his own, but the journey would not be easy, especially when he reached the Nullarbor — a notoriously barren dessert that stretches for nearly 750 miles. This land provided a mental challenge that pushed Lester to the limit.
“It is very desolate, gets extremely hot, and there are very few places to stop and get food, water and find a place to sleep,” Lester said. “The biggest challenge was waking up every morning and looking down the same road. There were no turns or hills, just desert with thousands of kangaroos, camels and wild dogs. It was brutal.”
Lester spent over three weeks in the Nullarbor, and while the wildlife would seem to provide a welcomed distraction, it was almost too much so.
“There was one specific day I remember counting 86 dead kangaroos, some of which I would have to run around or jump over so that I could avoid the cars on the road,” Lester said. “It looked like a murder scene. The smell was so bad that I had to turn my head when I was running by.”
During this time in the Nullarbar, Lester found some inspiration when he needed it most in the form of Peter Tripovich, a retired farmer who was completing a walk around Australia that he started about a decade ago but could not finish at the time.
Tripovich had set out to walk around the country in 2005 and he was about 4,350 miles away from completing his trek when his wife fell ill. After 6,835 miles an d 13 months of walking, he decided to stop and head home to be with his wife.
Now, Tripovich was back on the road again, looking to complete what he had started.
“As I would reach each gas station, which they called road houses, people kept asking me if I had met Peter. It built to a point where I was really looking forward to meeting this guy,” Lester said. “I would get closer each day and I finally caught up with him. I went to his room and out came this 90-year-old man. He had such an inspirational story and it was what I needed to keep moving forward. He was walking 35 kilometers (22 miles) a day and last I heard he was 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from being finished with his trek.”
Eventually Lester would make his way through the dessert. He had one last task ahead of him and that was the mountains, which added an extra challenge with the cart that held up to 50-pounds of supplies at one time.
“Going into the last 500 miles, whe n I had to climb into the mountains. That is when I really got tested,” Lester said.
During his 2,663 mile trip, Lester would sleep where ever he could find it. In fact the amount of miles he ran each day often depended on the distance to the next town.
“I slept in pubs, hotels from the 1800s, garages and on farms,” Lester said. “It was an amazing experience. The people at these places all wanted to know my story but really I was more interested in their stories.”
Eventually, Lester did reach the end of his journey when he arrived in Batemans Bay, about 170 miles south of Sydney.
“It was pretty epic and much harder than I anticipated, but it worked out well,” Lester said. “ It was a great country and the people were very hospitable.”
After completing his the long trek , Lester finally arrived back in Kona last Saturday, where he plans on taking a much needed mental break before his next big adventure.
“I am pretty healthy physically and mentally I will come back around after a little rest,” Lester said. “The biggest thing right now is re-adapting to civilization. When you run through nowhere for so long you kind of get detached from society. Everything feels new to me right now, even having normal conversations feels new.”
Physically, Lester is ready to get back into a routine of triathlon training. He is really looking forward to getting back on the bike again, mostly because it is not running. As for his next adventure, Lester wants to run around the world and the next logical step is Europe, which he hopes to start within the next two years.
“Everything is based on sponsorships and I will need to go over and drive the route and meet with my contacts on the best way to go about the run,” Lester said. “A global run is my inspiration and I am honored to have the opportunity.”
For now, Lester plans on spending some time in Hawaii, competing in local competitions such as the EpicMan (a non-stop triple Iron-distance triathlon), the Epic100 (a run from Kailua Pier to the top of Mauna Kea) and the Epic5 (five Iron-distance triathlons on five Hawaiian islands).
Lester runs for his charity, The Never Stop Foundation, which is dedicated to using athletics as a tool to encourage all youth to have the chance to achieve their full potential. The goal is to help those in their formative years find their own true voice, help them build their confidence, improve their communication skills and learn the values of discipline, trust, compassion, self-reliance and respect.
By Rick Winters
JASON P. LESTER
He is the Founder of The NEVER STOP Foundation and the INSP1RE.ORG movement. In his memoir, Running On Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life (HarperOne), Lester shares the nine lessons that led him to achieve his dreams and find his calling. He lives these lessons every day, doing everything to the best of his ability, with intense drive and passion. Providing audiences with the tools to overcome the adversity they may face and pursue their passion, Lester demonstrates a practical and inspirational guide to never giving up in the game of life.
Lester is the mind behind boundary breaking endurance events such as the EPIC5™ Challenge ( 5 Iron distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian islands in 5 consecutive days), who ran 1,000 miles and Biked 4,000 miles across the USA in 102 days for Nike’s Journey for a Better World. On May 5th, 2013 – Lester ran 3,550 miles across the United States, becoming the 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco to New York City (raising funds for Hurricane Sandy Victims) and recently ran 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China in 83 days setting the world record by becoming the first person to run the length of the wall solo in a single attempt (To help fight malnutrition in kids)… Read More
TRANS AUSTRALIA RUN
TRANS – AUSTRALIA – RUN
March, 19th 2016, Ultra-Endurance Athlete, Jason Lester, will begin his Trans Australia Run.
Running from the coastal suburb of Scarbourough, Western Australia to Sydney’s Bondi Beach, He will travel 2,631 miles across Australia, using the run as a platform to inspire others to live out their dreams. A messenger and believer that we are all a source of inspiration – with the gift to inspire, Lester has started the INSP1RE.ORG Movement.
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‘If we strive to provide a better life, and a better world, for our future generations – we must start with the ‘Me’ factor and be a source of inspiration to others. We are all vessels that can be used for change. We all have a story that others need to hear. Creating a Better World starts with you.’
Jason P. Lester
— 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run in 55.5hrs (2015)
– 100 miles (400 laps) 27hrs (2015)
– 100 mile run on sand. 30hrs non-stop (no sleep) 2014
– Ran 72 hours Non-Stop (No Sleep) 2014
– became the first person to run 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China in 83 days solo in a single attempt (2014)
– Set new course record, Summit 15x in 24 hours (2014)
— 3,550 miles (4th Fastest athlete to run from San Francisco to New York (The official course across America)
— Ran 110 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours (2013)
— Set the course record, Summit 13x in 24 hours (2013)
— Ran & Biked 5,000 miles in 102 days across the United States (2012)
— Ran 26 Marathons in 26 Consecutive Days (2012)
— 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run in 51hrs (2012)
— Ran 100 miles non-stop from Kailua-Kona to the Top of Mauna Kea Mountain 15,000ft (2012)
— Ran 230 miles around the Big Island of Hawaii – 5 1/2 Days— 6 Days Non-Stop (2012)
— Ran 316 miles from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney, 2011 ( 1st male athlete in the world to complete ) (2011)
— 5 Iron Distance Triathlons – 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 Days, 2010, 2011, 2012 ( 1st athlete to complete 3x )
, 2009 (1st male triathlete to win an ESPY)
, 2008 Finisher (4th place overall in the run), 2009 Finisher (14th place overall)
, 2008 Finisher (24th overall), 2009 Finisher (18th overall), 2010 Finisher
, 2008 Finisher, 2009 Finisher ( 1st in Category )
The Never Stop Foundationis committed to improving the opportunities of challenged youth by addressing their unmet needs and supporting them to overcome the obstacles they face in achieving their potential. Using the platform of athletic and artistic endeavors, the team members and community of the Never Stop Foundation seek to raise awareness and funding for programs that will effectively address those needs. Children are provided a structured, challenging, integrated curriculum and are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
OUR PHILOSOPHY The NSF believes sports and the arts help to create a blueprint for life. We believe all youth will flourish with a foundation that teaches and reinforces the following values and beliefs:
Discipline Success is an outcome of hard workStructure–Reaching goals takes strategy Giving Back–Every person has a unique gift or skill that they can use to make the world a better place Strength of Character–Losing can be the key to winning Teamwork–It takes a team to WIN! Self Reliance–The journey to achieving one’s potential is every child’s own EPIC adventure
GREAT WALL RUN
THE GREAT WALL RUN
August-October 2014 Mannatech®, the pioneer of nutritional glycobiology, leading innovator of naturally-sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, and creator of the M5M (Mission 5 MillionSM) social entrepreneurial movement, announced today that on October 28, 2014, ultra-endurance athlete Jason Lester officially passed the finish line of the M5M China Run.
Lester became the first person in history to complete a solo run of 2,500 miles across the Great Wall of China in 100 days or less to raise awareness of the global epidemic of childhood malnutrition.
The run officially began on August 8, 2014 in Jiayuguan, in the Gansu province of China. Around midday on day 83 of the run, Lester crossed the finish line at the Shanhaiguan District Old Dragons Head entrance in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, officially completing the 2,500-mile journey. Lester’s goal was to finish the run within 100 days, requiring an average daily trek equivalent to almost a full marathon per day. After increasing his daily runs to double marathons at times, he was able to accomplish this feat with 17 days to spare.
RUN ACROSS AMERICA
RUN ACROSS AMERICA | OPERATION REBUILD & RESTORE
March-June 2013 Nike sponsored Ultra-Endurance Athlete Jason Lester is embarking on another Epic mission, a 3,100-mile transcontinental run across America. He will spread his powerful testimony of inspiration and hope throughout the United States starting May 5th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA and ending in New York, NY. Always driven by his deep purpose to serve, this epic run will be a collaborative service project with Waves For Water. Waves For Water is an active presence and force for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative, which supports neighborhoods and communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Their work continues to be tireless and significantly meaningful to thousands in these devastated communities. The goal? To raise $20,000, which will rebuild a home for one family giving them a restorative step forward toward the future. The ultimate goal? To raise as much money as possible to help several families rebuild their homes. All of the funds and proceeds raised during the run will go directly to Waves For Water.
JOURNEY FOR A BETTER WORLD
NIKE | JOURNEY FOR A BETTER WORLD
In 2011, Nike reinforced the company’s commitment to sustainability in a very public way, releasing the Nike Better World manifesto and “100% Recycled Ads” video. Nike has just launched a new brand site (NikeBetterWorld.com). The mantra? serve the needs of the athlete and the planet by creating superior performance product with lower environmental impact, and make sport available to all. 3/19/2012, ultra-endurance athlete, Jason Lester, began the Journey for a Better World. Running/Biking from Niketown New York City to Eugene, Oregon, He will travel 4,800 miles across the United States over 102 days, relaying the Nike message that a better world starts with sport. Along the way, Jason will be stopping at 39 Nike Stores, sharing how sport inspires hope, instills discipline, raises confidence and rallies communities.
RUNNING ON FAITH BOOK
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Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life by Jason Lester
Ultra Endurance Athlete, ESPY Award Winner, Author and Artist – Jason Patrick Lester
In his memoir, Running On Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life (HarperOne), with a foreword by Dean Karnazes (New York Times best-selling author of Ultramarathon Man), Lester shares the nine lessons that led him to achieve his dreams and find his calling. He lives these lessons every day, doing everything to the best of his ability, with intense drive and passion. Providing audiences with the tools to overcome the adversity they may face and pursue their passion, Lester demonstrates a practical and inspirational guide to never giving up in the game of life.