Double amputee aims to run 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days
"Survive, recover, live -- that's the motto of retired Marine Corps Sgt. Rob Jones. Jones is inspiring others with a 31-day marathon challenge that had him running around Baltimore during Friday morning's Veterans Day Parade. His mission is to run 31 marathons in 31 cities for 31 straight days. "Yeah, I feel pretty good. That was so cool," Jones said. He logged 812 miles in only one month. "He's been working towards this and training every single day for 18 months towards this goal," his wife Pam Jones said. Rob Jones, who is from Virginia, pounded the pavement with prosthetic legs."
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"Jones said his runs have been going really well and has seen improvement. "I've been getting a littler faster with my runs," he said in October. "I'm getting more in shape." However, running such long distances does not come without challenges. "It's tough to get out of bed every morning and do the exact same thing," he said. Jones headed home to finish his mission. On Friday, he ran in Baltimore, and on Saturday, Jones ran at the National Mall and invited the public to join him for his 812th mile.
Former marine who lost both legs runs 31 marathons in 31 days
"In 2010, he lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED while serving as a Marine sergeant in Afghanistan. From that point on, his mission was to survive, recover and live. Since then, he’s biked across the United States, competed in triathlons, and even won a Paralympic medal, all to raise money for wounded veterans. He even completed the Tunnel to Tower Climb right here in Charlotte last fall."
“I’m taking on this mission to try and prove that a wounded veteran is not a broken veteran,” Jones said. “Whether that injury is a physical injury or a psychological injury, a wounded veteran is still capable of contributing to America and finding their new path.” Atlanta marks his 28th marathon in 28 days. “If I’m going to prove my mission which is proving wounded veterans are still capable of contributing. I figured I needed to do it in a really big way,” Jones said.
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“I’m taking on this mission to try and prove that a wounded veteran is not a broken veteran,” Jones said. “Whether that injury is a physical injury or a psychological injury, a wounded veteran is still capable of contributing to America and finding their new path.” Atlanta marks his 28th marathon in 28 days. “If I’m going to prove my mission which is proving wounded veterans are still capable of contributing. I figured I needed to do it in a really big way,” Jones said."
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"Jones' mission is multifaceted this time around. His primary goal is to continue to improve his own health and wellbeing, as well as that of his fellow Marines, soldiers and airmen. "I hope to raise awareness concerning the struggle of America’s veteran population," Jones said. And as he ticks off the miles on a course that will eventually end at the Mall in Washington, D.C., Jones says he hopes to prove to the able-bodied world that a wounded veteran still has an immense amount of value in the 21st century."
Double-amputee veteran running 31 Marathons in 31 Days
"KWWL has told you before about a double-amputee war veteran with a big goal. His goal is to run 31 marathons in 31 days. Right now he is halfway done. Veteran Rob Jones started on October 12th, and since then, he has run a marathon every day. He's doing it to honor the sacrifice of U.S. service members."
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"My mission has not changed; pre-injury versus post-injury," Jones said. "My mission was to have an impact on the world and have a life that I enjoy and could be proud of when it was all over." "When I got hurt, I had to find a new path," Jones said. "All it took was a little bit of imagination on my part, and a little bit of being open to new possibilities, and a lot of help from a lot of people."
Wounded veteran will run 31 marathons in 31 days
"Some folks ran with him. Others, including local veterans, stopped by the RV to say thank you. "Most people see the marathon as a tough challenge," Jones said. "I figure I'll take that marathon and do it 31 days in a row for a full month, and that would just add insurmountable evidence to what I'm trying to say." Jones says he wants his journey to show wounded veterans that they can overcome their injuries and live life to the fullest. He's a double amputee, and yet, he's running more marathons this Fall than many can hope to run in a lifetime."
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"When somebody else has already done something it makes it a little bit easier to see yourself doing it to," Rob said. It's easy to find inspiration in Rob Jones. Not only because he served our country, but because of what he's done since then. "Trying to provide a story where a marine went overseas and had a traumatic experience and was still able to come back and reintegrate," Rob said.
Double amputee Marine veteran running 31 marathons in the 31 days. Rob Jones running on Belle Isle Tuesday
"He is planning to run 26.2 miles on Detroit’s Belle Isle Tuesday. That’s his is sixth of 31 consecutive runs on a pair of prosthetic blades. Jones, 32, is from Lovettsville, Virginia and lost his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2010. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan at the time. He also served in Iraq."
Double Amputee Veteran Running 31 Marathons in 31 Days
"Jones hopes his actions will bring awareness to the challenges veterans face. "People come back and struggle with what they experience, and there's nothing wrong with that," Jones said. "I just want to make sure both sides of the coin are being seen," Jones said. "There are the people that are struggling and we will help them; but there's also this group over here that are doing fine, and both groups can contribute to society."
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“I wasn’t sure exactly of the specifics,” he said. “All I knew was that I was going to do everything I could to get back to being able to take care of my own, be self-sufficient. I also used the time to relearn how to do other things with my new challenge including riding a bicycle, running, and rowing. What I’m setting out to do here is to be an example for other veterans and millions alike. There are plenty of people who have done similar stuff and run similar distances. “It’s about preparation.”
"This Marine is running 31 marathons in 31 days – on prosthetic legs. Rob Jones was serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan when an IED took his legs – but not his spirit. He raised funds for his fellow veterans as a cross-country bicyclist. Now he joins Megyn Kelly TODAY live from London’s Hyde Park to talk about his new goal: to run 31 marathons in 31 days to raise more money for vets."