Nike Sponsored Ultra-Endurance Athlete Stops By the Gazette



Nike sponsored Ultra-Endurance Athlete Jason Lester is embarking on another Epic mission, a 3,100-mile transcontinental run across America.  He will spread his powerful testimony of inspiration and hope throughout the United States starting May 5th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA and ending in New York, NY.  Always driven by his deep purpose to serve, this epic run will be a collaborative service project with Waves For Water.  Waves For Water is an active presence and force for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative, which supports neighborhoods and communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Their work continues to be tireless and significantly meaningful to thousands in these devastated communities.  The goal?  To raise $20,000, which will rebuild a home for one family giving them a restorative step forward toward the future.  The ultimate goal? To raise as much money as possible to help several families rebuild their homes.  All of the funds and proceeds raised during the run will go directly to Waves For Water.

When asked about this R[U]N?, Lester shared the following — “It has always been a mission of mine to run across the United States for a greater purpose than myself.  I want this run to be a motivational experience for the countless cities and communities that make up our great country.  This is a run of inspiration, which I hope will encourage and motivate individuals, families, and communities to make changes for the better.  This opportunity to use my gifts to create a new start and restore hope is truly an enormous blessing for me.  Although many have lost everything, they are not focusing on their losses but on the abundance of love and support that they have for their families, friends, and communities.  They have chosen to rise and NEVERSTOP believing.” — The mission is greater than the man.

In memory of Chase Kowalski ** On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Chase Kowalski, a 1st grader at Sandy Hook, was a happy, full of life jokester and an award winning triathlete.  Just weeks after his death, I had a chance to speak with Chase’s mother, Rebecca.  Although obviously experiencing tremendous loss and pain, Rebecca had a plan… she saw it clear as day.  She needed to carry on Chase’s dream of inspiring others to be active and live their dream.  After I hung up the phone with Rebecca, I felt it in my heart to help her in any way that I could to build her vision of starting a foundation.  Chase will be with me along the 3,100 miles across the USA.  For this journey, I will be wearing his name on my back as a constant reminder to inspire others and live your dream.  After I reach NYC, I will make that last 30 miles stretch to Newtown, Connecticut — to bless the Kowalski family with support to help fund their vision.

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