He is the Founder of the EP1C brand. 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 visionary behind boundary breaking endurance events such as the EPIC5™ Challenge ( 5 Iron distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian islands in 5 consecutive days) and EPICMAN™ ULTRA Endurance Run 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 (avg. 50 miles a day) across the United States, becoming the 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco to New York City (raising funds 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). 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 50lb cart.
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.
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.
RECENT CHALLENGES AND ENDURANCE HIGHLIGHTS
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
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RUNAUS — The first American male to run across Australia. Jason Patrick 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