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The year was 1973. Jason Fowler got his first dirt bike at the age of six and by the time he was 11, he earned his first major sponsor in motocross racing and won eight New England Championships.

But on March 13, 1991, everything changed. At the age of 17, while practicing, Fowler hit a rock and was thrown from his motorcycle. His spine compressed and his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He’s been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
Six months later he started turning tragedy into triumph. With the help from family and friends, he trained and competed in wheelchair racing and set a goal to complete in the Boston marathon. After ten years, Fowler has competed in over 140 road races and 28 marathons.

In 2001, he was inspired to compete in triathlons by his childhood hero and Ironman world champion David Bailey and has since raced in 25 triathlons, including 9 Half Ironman’s and 3 Hawaii Ironman World Championships.
In 2009 he won the handcycle division of the Ironman World Championship.

Listen to this inspiring story of mind over body: the struggles he endured, the tools he utilized, and his willingness to keep moving despite his paralysis.

Jason Fowler is a human triumph, and he’s sharing what he’s learned with you. Get inspired.

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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.