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

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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...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

John Ortberg
“Whatever burden you carry (and we all have one) this story will point you to strength beyond yourself. Read it twice!”
Rev Run
“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!”
Tyrese Gibson
“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”
Stephen Holland
“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.”
(Dallas edition) - examiner.com
"...a powerful, motivating read with lessons anyone can benefit from in their own life."
West Hawaii Today
“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.”
Charisma Magazine
“Jason Lester is proof that a dysfunctional home, physical trauma and personal loss aren’treasons to quit on life.”
The Christian Critic
“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.”
Guideposts
“Athlete and author Jason Lester didn’t let his paralyzed arm stop himfrom achieving his goal of becoming an Ultraman. His inspiring storywill motivate you to push harder in life and believe that you can doanything.”
The Beach Reporter
“His life is an excellent example of what can happen when someone decides togo for a dream and refuses to give up.”
examiner.com (Dallas edition)
“...a powerful, motivating read with lessons anyone can benefit from in their own life.”
Serious Running Blog
“We all push our bodies and minds, but sometimes you want to quit. You won’t want to quitagain after reading this book.”
weareaustin.com
“Drawing on faith, Lester managed to keep going…and going…and going.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061965722
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 672,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Lester is one of the world's finest physically challenged extreme athletes. He is the first male triathlete to win ESPN's ESPY award, winning in 2009 for best male athlete with a disability. He has competed in more than seventy races, including the Arizona Ironman, Western Australia Ironman, Hawaii Ironman World Championship, Ultraman Canada, and Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii. He lives and trains in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    In Jason's book he tells the incredible experience of the ultram

    In Jason's book he tells the incredible experience of the ultraman triathlon. With only one arm, Jason must overcome what most people would consider impossible with two. Jason takes you along with him on his gruesome journey through his triathlon.
    I liked this book because It is truly inspiring. To read about Lester's determination to do what he is called to do, even though he knows it wont be easy makes me want to go do something amazing.
    It is tough to point out something i dislike about this book, but i think if i had to say i would have to admit that i wish jason talked a little bit more about his faith and religion. I was kind of hoping he would say stuff like " i felt angles carry me along" or something.
    All things considered this was a great book. I would recommend this to everyone looking for a good book. Not tough to read and it will really drive you to do great things.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Recommend Highly

    Jason Lester opens his life to the reader in way which gives you an instant connect. He shares an incredible journey in a truly intimate way which awakens insights at every turn.
    You will fell the waves around you and the road beneath you as Jason carries you on the path of one incredible Ultra Man's quest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    This is one of the best and saddest book I have ever read

    I would recomend this book to not only runners but everyone. This is amazing person who can swim bike and run with a parilized arm. AMAZING!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    The best book I have EVER read!

    This book is not just for runners! It will inspire anyone. By far the best book ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2010

    an incredible story of true resiliance

    Jason's story of how he has overcome obstacle after obstacle is no doubt inspiring. The 9 lessons he teaches in his book are right on target - this is a life handbook with lessons to be applied to all of us. humbling.

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