Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life by Jason 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.

Jason P. Lester is an Ultra-Endurance Athlete, Author, Artist and 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.

Lester grew up in Phoenix, 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 #1 in the state of Arizona in biathlons at the age of 18.

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). Lester shares his message of hope and faith through his NEVER STOP Foundation, speaking engagements at Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, churches, and athletic organizations.

A successful ultra endurance athlete, he knows first-hand what it is like to be faced with countless challenges, both mentally and physically.


“Jason’s story is a must read! It is a true testimony of the human spirit and confirmation that we all have so much more in us than we may believe. The challenges he conquered will create a shift in your life” —Tyrese Gibson, singer and actor

“Running on Faith is a triumph! Jason Lester is proof that as one wise man said, ‘Triumph is when you try and add a little umph!’ Jason Lester shows us ALL that you can achieve whatever you put your mind body and soul into!” —Rev Run, RUNDMC

“I stand humbled and enamored of the triumph that Jason has made of his life. It is his dedication and determination that impresses me. He has made an art of his sport and of his life. His life inspires mine.” (Stephen Holland, official sports artist of the Los Angeles Kings)

“Lester has written his book with the belief that ‘if someone applies just one of the lessons in it, it will help them find their purpose.’ The path he’s travelled to reveal his purpose in life hasn’t been easy. But he’s learned to view adversity as a challenge.” (West Hawaii Today)

“Jason Lester is proof that a dysfunctional home, physical trauma and personal loss aren’t reasons to quit on life.” (Charisma Magazine)

“You’ll be encouraged and inspired by his miraculous story as well as learn how to achieve a true competitor’s mindset over adversity…Jason’s story is truly remarkable, proof of what dedication, heart, and a never-say-quit attitude can create.” (The Christian Critic)

“Athlete and author Jason Lester didn’t let his paralyzed arm stop him from achieving his goal of becoming an Ultraman. His inspiring story will motivate you to push harder in life and believe that you can do anything.” (Guideposts)

“His life is an excellent example of what can happen when someone decides togo for a dream and refuses to give up.” (The Beach Reporter)

“…a powerful, motivating read with lessons anyone can benefit from in their own life.” (examiner.com (Dallas edition))

“We all push our bodies and minds, but sometimes you want to quit. You won’t want to quitagain after reading this book.” (Serious Running Blog)


“Drawing on faith, Lester managed to keep going…and going…and going.” (weareaustin.com)



Trans Europe Run — On November 15th, 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, Slovania, Croatia, Hungary and Romanian

Voted #9 on the 2016 Most Inspirational People In Health And Fitness | AskMen.com

RUNAUS — The first American male to run across Australia. Jason P. 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. (August 2016)

The GREAT WALL Run — Became the first person to run 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China in 83 days – solo – in a single attempt (November 2014)

Run Across America — Ran 3,550 miles in 72 days averaging 50 miles a day across the United States(4th Fastest athlete to run from San Francisco to New York (July 2013)

3PICMAN Challenge® — 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run in 55.5hrs (2015)

Guinness Book World Record Run ( October 2015 )

Set the World Record for: “Most Hours Ran with No Sleep” —88hrs (2015)

HPA TRACK ULTRA — 100 miles (400 laps) 27hrs (2015)

HAPUNA100 — 100 mile run on sand. 30hrs non-stop (no sleep) 2014

CHA11ENGE ENDURANCE RUN — Ran 72 hours Non-Stop (No Sleep) 2014

Squaw PEAK15 Mountain — Set new course record, Summit 15x in 24 hours (2014)

Run Across America — 3,550 miles (4th Fastest athlete to run from San Francisco to New York (The official course across America)

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)

Nike Journey for a Better World — Ran & Biked 5,000 miles in 102 days across the United States (2012)

26X26 — Ran 26 Marathons in 26 Consecutive Days (2012)

3PICMAN Challenge® — 7.2-mile swim, 336-mile bike and 78.6-mile run in 51hrs (2012)

EPIC100® — Ran 100 miles non-stop from Kailua-Kona to the Top of Mauna Kea Mountain 15,000ft (2012)

RUNMAN® — Ran 230 miles around the Big Island of Hawaii – 5 1/2 Days— 6 Days Non-Stop (2012)

H2OPE Badwater for Clean water — Ran 316 miles from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney, 2011 ( 1st male athlete in the world to complete ) (2011)

EPIC5 Challenge® — 5 Iron Distance Triathlons – 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 Days, 2010, 2011, 2012 ( 1st athlete to complete 3x )

ESPY Award Winner, 2009 (1st male triathlete to win an ESPY)

ULTRAMAN Canada, 2008 Finisher (4th place overall in the run), 2009 Finisher (14th place overall)

ULTRAMAN Hawaii World Championships, 2008 Finisher (24th overall), 2009 Finisher (18th overall), 2010 Finisher

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

Ultramarathon — Hilo to Volcano, 2008 Finisher (9th place overall)

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