Marine Corps Times

Marine amputee tackles a month of marathons

“I saw an opportunity for myself to be an athlete in a way that I couldn’t have before,” Jones said. “You have to seek out the hard things, and purposefully doing the hard thing to make sure that you keep growing." "There’s always a temptation to take the easy route", Jones said, but that’s not what he is about."

Washington Post

31 marathons, 31 days, 31 cities: After losing both legs in Afghanistan, he’s running to inspire

"Within a span of 10 years, Marine Corps veteran Rob Jones had both legs amputated after being wounded by a land mine in Afghanistan, won a bronze medal for rowing in the Paralympics and biked 5,180 miles across the country for charity. And he was only getting started."

“When I trained with the Marine Corps, I joined a brotherhood to make a difference in the world,” he said shortly before he began his month of marathons on Oct. 12 in London. “That plan was altered when I got hurt, but I’m still going to that same spot of having a positive impact on the world. Now I’m just going on a different route.”

ABC News

Marine who lost both legs is running 31 marathons in 31 days to raise money for wounded veterans

"Running is a different beast than biking, Jones said, explaining that his muscles ache, there are skin abrasions on his body, and there's "a dull ache in the background" throughout running. "The biggest challenge is the repetitive stress every day for such a long period of time. It will add up eventually," said Jones. But the pain won't deter him in his mission. "I am doing it for a purpose. The purpose is a lot more important than me being comfortable," added Jones."

Task & Purpose

Marine Vet Who Lost Both Legs In Afghanistan Is Running 31 Marathons In 31 Days

"Now, seven years after losing his legs, Jones has embarked on a 812-mile odyssey across two continents. On Oct. 12, the Virginia native completed the first leg of his journey, running 26.2 miles in Hyde Park, London, in a month of unofficial marathons. With four runs down, and a fifth one underway in Toronto on Oct. 16, Jones’ story is making social media rounds and garnering national attention."

NBC New York

Injured Marine's New Challenge: 31 Marathons in 31 Days

“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.”

Fox News

Double Amputee Marine Vet Runs 31 Races in 31 Days to Support Wounded Vets

"A Marine Corps veteran is not letting the loss of his legs stop him from walking, traveling, and even running races. Combat engineer Rob Jones lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan. The Marine was clearing a route through Taliban territory in July, 2010 when the bomb "found me before I found it," he told "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Saturday. These days Jones has the same mission as he did before his accident, to "leave the world better than I found it."


A Marine With Prosthetic Legs Is Running 31 Marathons in 31 Days

“One of the things they teach you in the Marine Corps from the get-go is your mission is the most important thing, it’s more important than yourself,” Jones explained. “And so, my mission is to help my brother veterans get back into society and get back into their families, and that’s more important than me.”

Time Magazine

Meet the Double-Amputee Veteran Running 31 Marathons in 31 Days

"His “brothers” quickly bundled him into a helicopter with tourniquets hastily applied to both legs. “Those guys didn’t know if there was another IED, but when I got hurt they just came over,” Jones says with pride. Back in the U.S., he spent his time in intensive care relearning how to walk with prosthetics, quickly also taking up the challenge of learning to ride a bike, run, and row."


"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."

Sports Illustrated

Double-Amputee Marine Veteran Rob Jones Is Running 31 Marathons in 31 Days

"If you happen to see a man with prosthetic legs running a marathon in your town this month, don't be surprised. It's just another day at the office for Rob Jones. Jones is running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days. This may sound insane, but Jones, 32, specializes in making the insane sane. In 2014 he rode a bicycle from Maine to California in winter, and not just any winter. Remember the polar vortex?"