Jason P. Lester is an EP1C Ultra-Endurance Athlete, author, winner of ESPN’s ESPY Award “Best Male Athlete”. Lester has survived more trials, endured more horrors and surmounted more obstacles than would fit in a Hollywood film. After each upset, letdown, and setback he has recommitted himself to pursuing his dream of becoming an accomplished athlete, despite his challenges.
Founder, Chairman and Chief Inspiration Officer of EP1C Inc., which houses events such as – EPIC5™ Challenge, 3PICMAN™, EPIC100™ World Championships, H2OMAN™ and 3NDURAMAN™. He is the Founder and President of EP1C Performance and Endurance Center in Kona, Hawaii and is the Chairman of The NEVER STOP Foundation. 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 creator of such boundary breaking endurance events as the EPIC5™ Challenge, 3PICMAN™, EPIC100™ Ultra Marathon, who ran 1,000 miles and Biked 4,000 miles across the United States 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 in the last 80 years.
Lester grew up in Arizona, where he became obsessed with sports as a coping mechanism and by age 12, developed into a skilled athlete with numerous accolades. As fate would have it, he was hit by a car while riding his bike, resulting in 21 broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a paralyzed right arm, stifling his dream of excelling in sports. As Lester was slowly leaning to adjust to his challenges, his father and sole guardian died at the young age of 39.
Still, inspired by the memory of his late father’s love of athletics, Lester grew up to become a star in high school and college athletics. By the age of 16, he was competing in running and biathlon events. After participating in countless races, including 5k, 10k, biathlons and marathons, Lester was ranked #2 in the state of Arizona in biathlons at the age of 18.
The turning point in Lester’s athletic career came from a visit to the Big Isle of Hawaii to watch the 2004 Hawaiian Ironman Championships taking place in Kona and it was there that his spirit was totally overcome by the awe of this race. He felt re-energized and came to believe that this was his life’s calling. With a goal to race the Hawaii Ironman World Championships himself, Lester began a rigorous training schedule. While he continued with the intensive workouts in preparation for his first big race, the Arizona Ironman, Lester began to notice something truly amazing – he was regaining movement in his paralyzed arm.
Lester achieved a personal and sports milestone by becoming the first challenged athlete ever to complete the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii on November 30, 2008, finishing the grueling ultra-distance triathlon where he swam 6.2 miles, biked 261.4 miles and ran 52.4 miles to the finish line. In the year leading up to the 2009 Ultraman World Championships, Lester raced in the Ironman World Championships, represented the USA in the Triathlon World Championships in Germany, and completed Ultraman Canada (double Ironman).
Today, Lester lives and trains in Kona, Hawaii.
In 2007, Lester founded 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. www.NEVERSTOPfoundation.org
RECENT CHALLENGES AND ENDURANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Ran Across the United States— 3,550 miles (4th Fastest athlete to run from San Francisco to New York (The official course across America) www.R-U-N.us
OPIOPIO BENIFIT— Ran 110 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours (2013)
Squaw Peak Mountain— Set the course record, Summit 13x in 24 hours (2013)
3PICMAN— Completed three consecutive iron distance triathlons in 52 hours (2012) www.EPICinc.com
Nike Journey for a Better World — Ran & Biked 5,000 miles in 102 days across the United States (2012) www.NikeBetterWorld.com/journey
26X26 — Ran 26 Marathons in 26 Consecutive Days (2012) www.26X26.info
3PICMAN Challenge® — 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run in 51hrsRan 26 Marathons in 26 Consecutive Days (2012) www.3PICMAN.com
EPIC100® — Ran 100 miles non-stop from Kailua-Kona to the Top of Mauna Kea Mountain 15,000ft (2012) www.EPICinc.com
RUNMAN® — Ran 230 miles around the Big Island of Hawaii – 5 1/2 Days— 6 Days Non-Stop (2012)
ESPY Award Winner, 2009 (1st male triathlete to win an ESPY)
IRONMAN Hawaii World Championships, 2008 Finisher, 2009 Finisher ( 1st in Category )
IRONMAN Arizona, 2007 Finisher, 2008 Finisher
IRONMAN Western Australia, 2007 Finisher
70.3 Honu, 2009 Finisher (3rd in age group, qualifying for Ironman World Championships), 2010 Finisher
ITU Triathlon World Championships, 2007 (6th place), 2008 (2nd place)
The Nautica New York City Triathlon, 2007 (2nd place)
Duathlon – Pac Crest Endurance, 2008 (3rd in age group)
USAT (USA Triathlon) PC Athlete of the Year, 2008
USAT (USA Triathlon) PC Athlete of the Year Finalist, 2007
Personal website: www.JASONPLESTER.com
EP1C, Inc. website: www.EP1Cinc.com