"On Saturday afternoon, with his back aching and legs sore, the 32-year-old Jones finished his month of marathons near the steps leading up to Lincoln Memorial on a frigid Veterans Day. The crowd of several dozen supporters showered him with cheers as he crossed the tape. Jones then kissed his wife, Pam, smiled and took a few moments to let the accomplishment soak in."
Marine veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan completes his final marathon of 31-day stretch
"Just after 1:30 pm on Saturday November 11th, Veterans Day, Jones crossed the finish line, completing his odyssey in the name of other veterans."
“I feel thankful for all this group of people around here supporting me. I feel thankful to live in a country that appreciates veterans so much. I feel thankful for living in a country where there are so many people that are willing to sacrifice everything for it, and I’m thankful for living in a country that is worth that sacrifice that people make.”
Double amputee to run 31 marathons in 31 days
"Virginia native, Sergeant Rob Jones, was injured Afghanistan in 2010. Instead of allowing it to dismantle his life, he decided to use it to make himself a stronger person. Today, he is training to run in 31 marathons, in 31 cities, in 31 days."
A Double-Amputee Marine is Training to Run 31 Marathons in 31 Days
In 2012, he trained for the Paralympics in rowing—he’d never even been in a scull prior to this—and won a bronze medal. In 2013, he took a 5,180-mile bike ride from Maine to California. And now, he’s trained to run 31 marathons in 31 days in major cities across the country.
He’s done all of this as a double amputee. After joining the Marine Corps before his senior year of college at Virginia Tech, Jones was deployed to Afghanistan as a combat engineer. His job was to locate IEDs, and in 2010, as he says, “One found me before I found it.”
The journey of Rob Jones: 31 marathons, 31 days, 31 cities
"In 2010, U.S. Marine Corps sergeant Rob Jones lost both his legs after stepping on an IED. Ever since, he has made it his mission to raise awareness for wounded veterans through his work with the Paralympics and nationwide bike rides. Now he’s taking on his biggest challenge with a month of marathons - 31 marathons across 31 days, in 31 different cities. Learn more and donate at "
Virginia veteran to run 31 marathons in 31 days
"Rob Jones wasn’t always an extreme athlete. But after losing both legs serving in Afghanistan, the retired Marine from Vienna, Virginia, continues to overcome challenges. His next test is a month of marathons. Dedicating the challenge to wounded warriors, Jones’ goal is to do 31 runs of 26.2 miles in 31 cities in 31 days. He’ll finish in D.C. for Veterans Day on Nov. 11, when he’ll run loops around the National Mall."