Running on Faith:The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life
In 2008, Jason Lester became the first person with a disability to finish the Ultraman World Championship alongside able-bodied competitors. With the use of only three limbs, Jason competed in one of the most demanding endurance races in the world, swimming 6.2 miles, biking 261.4 miles, and running 52.4 miles to the finish line. Jason has completed over seventy triathlons, biathlons, marathons, Ironmans, and Ultramans. In 2009, he became the first male triathlete to win an ESPY Award and the fifteenth athlete in the history of Ultraman to complete both the Ultraman World Championship and Ultraman Canada in the same year. Yet Jason Lester's life as an athlete almost never happened. When a speeding car ran a red light, a bike ride to the local video store nearly became Jason's last, sending him 130 feet into the air and ultimately to the hospital with twenty broken bones. The pain was intense and long rehabilitation grueling, compounded by the sudden death of his father (his best friend and mentor) and the realization that his right arm was paralyzed. Only twelve years old and struggling to heal amid the grief, Jason miraculously found the strength to fight his way back. Without the use of his arm, he refused to give up the sports he'd grown to love, recommitting himself to life and ultimately surpassing goals that few dared to set.Running on Faith reveals how to develop the mind-set of a true competitor and includes riveting stories of the precarious and often unforeseen conditions encountered on the race path--jellyfish-infested waters, suffocating heat, and blinding sheets of rain. With passion, dedication, and strength of purpose, Jason shares his experience facing extreme challenges head-on, gleaning insight from each trial. He offers the principles he's learned to live by in order to accomplish his goals and shows how they can be applied to the tests we all face. An inspirational guide to overcoming adversity, recognizing God's guiding hand in our lives, and achieving our dreams, Running on Faith is a spirited testament to the power of faith.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 152 x 230 x 24mm | 399.16g
- 01 Sep 2010
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
Jason Lester should be dead. In his 34 years he has survived more trials, endured more horrors and surmounted more obstacles than would fit in a Hollywood film. After each upset, letdown, and setback Jason has recommitted himself to pursuing his dream of becoming an accomplished athlete, despite his disability. And, in 2008, he became the first person with a disability to complete the Ultraman (a double Ironman). With the use of only three limbs he biked, swam, and rode 320 miles to the finish line to set a world record. In the year leading up to the 2008 Ultraman competition, Jason raced in three Ironman competitions, including the Ironman World Championships, represented the USA in the Triathlon World Championships, and completed Ultraman Canada. It was in realizing God's presence in his life, that Jason was able to overcome each obstacle, and keep training and pushing forward with his eye on the goal. In Running on Faith, Jason shares the ten lessons that led him to achieve his dreams and find his calling. Jason lives these lessons every day, doing everything to the best of his ability, with intense drive and passion. Providing readers with the tools to overcome the adversity they may face and pursue their passion, Running On Faith will be a practical and inspirational guide to never giving up so you can win in the game of life.
"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