2x USAT Athlete of The Year | ESPN’s ESPY Award Winner
Jason P. Lester is an Ultra-Endurance Athlete, Fundraiser and Author of the book “Running on Faith”
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 Founder and Visionary behind boundary breaking endurance events such as The EPIC5 Challenge™ (5 Iron distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 consecutive days) and The EPICMAN™ Ultra Brand
March 2012 – Lester ran 1,000 miles and biked 4,000 miles across the United States in 102 days for Nike’s “Journey for a Better World” campaign.
May 2013 – Lester ran 3,550 miles in 72 Days (avg. 48.5 miles a day) across the United States, becoming the 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco to New York City.
August 2014 – He 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.
August 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 50lb cart.
November 2019 – Lester completed his 3,680 mile run from Finistere, Spain to Galati, Romania becoming the first person to run solo and self-supported across Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Romanian.
In 2007, Lester founded The NEVER STOP Foundation™, which is dedicated to using athletics as a tool to help our youth 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.
“I believe that one of the most beautiful gifts that we’re given is the ability to help others, to inspire others, to share the love that we have instilled in our hearts. I think we’re all an inspiration to people and I think that that’s the beauty of life.” – Jason P. Lester