Jason is my cousin, so I know him well. Don’t be fouled to think this is why he made the cut for the Passion Profiles. He has more heart and drive than anyone I know. His passion to push himself has been a source of inspiration for myself, for a long time.
Jason is the oldest of three. He started racing motorcycles at the age of 7. By the age of 16 Jason had won 11 New England Motocross Championships. On the verge of going Pro, at age 17, Jason collided with a rock while out practicing on his motorcycle. The result was he became paralyzed from the chest down.
Since his accident he has completed over 150 road races, 36 marathons (19 of which are the Boston marathon), and 37 triathlons. He has competed in 5 Ironman World championships in Hawaii and won the World Championship title in both 2009 and 2016. He also won the Half Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas in 2012.
Jason works as a high performance coach for young adults and executives. Jason also regularly volunteers his time to encourage physically challenged and able bodied athletes in the world of athletics.
Whenever I go home I make a point to visit Jason. Even if it’s just to have dinner and catch up. Spending time with him helps me remember what’s important and that if I want to achieve something, there’s no short cuts, no barrier too big. And it has nothing to do with that fact he’s in a wheel chair, it’s his attitude and passion to push his limits that inspires me.
He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to overcoming barriers, endurance and pushing one’s limits.