Schoolboy days
I was born on November 25th, 1973 in Brockton MA (City of Champions) and grew up in the small town of Kingston MA with a younger brother and sister, Clinton and Beth. At the age of six my parents, Mike and Luanne, bought me my first dirt bike and competing quickly became a way of life. For eleven years, over 40 weekends a year I raced motocross throughout the United States. I earned my first major sponsor from Kawasaki Motor Corporation at the age of eleven and won eight New England Championships. Though my parents required me to keep up my grades in order to race the majority of my time was spent practicing and racing to fulfill my dream of becoming a professional motocross racer.

Sometimes the universe has other plans for us.
The 13th On March 13th, 1991 at age of seventeen I hit a rock while practicing and was thrown from my motorcycle. My spine compressed and my spinal cord severed leaving me paralyzed from the chest down. With the help of extremely supportive friends and family I was able to quickly move on with life. My injury was just another challenge. Although I was confined to a wheelchair for mobility I didn’t feel like I had any boundaries. After six months, I started doing what I knew best, competing. I started wheelchair racing and quickly made it a goal to complete the Boston marathon. Over the next ten years I competed in over 140 road races and 28 marathons. I feel like I am a better person for having gone through the challenges of my accident. There are moments that I am down on myself that I never got to fulfill my dreams of racing motocross professionally, but deep down I am happy and fulfilled with the life that I have created.

University and my twenties
Following the accident my life direction was altered. I went on to study business administration at the University of Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana and Northeastern University in Boston and graduated from NU in 1997. While at U of I, I was a member of the wheelchair racing team where we trained six days a week and traveled around the United States competing. Post graduation, challenging opportunities in finance interested me and worked as a financial analyst. Two years after graduation I moved to San Francisco and worked as an associate Bond Trader. In 2004 I earned my MBA from Boston University with a concentration in health care management which sparked my interest in the restorative component of the healthcare industry.

In 2001 after learning that my childhood hero, David Bailey, won the Ironman Hawaii World Championship, I was immediately hooked on the idea of competing in triathlons. My first triathlon was a sprint triathlon in which I doggie paddled or back stroked my way through the swim and was passed on the bike portion by a little old lady on a cruiser bicycle with a breadbasket on the front. To say the least I was humbled but loved crossing the finish line. Over the last nine years I have raced 25 triathlons, including 9 Half Ironman’s and 3 Hawaii Ironman World Championships. In 2009 I won the handcycle division of the Ironman World Championship after five straight years of trying. For me, triathlon has been about competing and seeing how far and how hard I can challenge myself mentally and physically. The Ironman was a culmination of nine years of racing triathlons and five straight years of tirelessly training 15-20 hours per week The lessons I have learned through failing and eventually winning the Ironman World Championship have translated to other parts of my life and have had made me feel a bit like superman at times. One of the more powerful lessons that I have learned that continues to guide my life is when you never give up and give 110% enlightened effort, the impossible becomes possible.

Following my personal high of winning the 2009 Ironman World Championship and my subsequent health challenges in 2010 I was reminded of how lucky we all are to be in good health. My life experience gained through racing Ironman but none greater than that there will always be another goal to accomplish and that pursing those goals may make me happy but to create fulfillment I must focus on being my true self regardless of how I place. Outside of competing I work for the medical device company Medtronic as a sales representative where I have worked for the last six years in several locations across the US. In the near future I plan to continue to compete in triathlons and put greater focus on creating a life that is more centered on family, friends, and enlightened fulfillment. I feel like the journey has just begun and very excited for the future.

ABOUT JASON FOWLER Jason grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts and was a nationally ranked amateur motocross racer by age 10. At the age of 17 he became paralyzed from the chest down, after colliding with a rock while out practicing on his motorcycle. Since his accident he has completed over 150 road races, 30 marathons, and 29 triathlons all with the use of his arms. He won the Ironman World Championships in 2009 in Hawaii and recently won the 2012, 70.3 Half Ironman World Championship in Las Vegas. Jason works as a Medical device consultant for Medtronic, serving the Greater Boston Area. Jason regularly volunteers his time to encourage physically injured children and adults into the world of athletics. He also trains and motivates aspiring able bodied athletes. Jason is an avid triathlete, competing regularly in Half Ironman's, and his passions include health and wellness, health coaching, healing via nutrition and raw food, superfoods, spirituality, and motivational speaking.