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Wounded Marine Will Run 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Different Cities

Washington, DC July 4th 2017 – Rob Jones, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, is upping the ante on his historic accomplishments.   It’s not enough that he won a Bronze Medal in the Paralympics.  Or that he was the first and only double above the knee amputee to ride a normal bicycle 5,180 miles across America.  Now, he is set to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 major cities.  Starting in London on October 12th, and continuing in the United States and Toronto, Rob will run 26.2 miles in the selected city on his own, travel to the next city, and repeat, ending appropriately on Veterans Day in our Nation’s Capital. Why would he undertake such a daunting and formidable challenge?  Because he lives by his motto, “Survive.  Recover.  Live.”  And because he realizes that being a double amputee does not mean that he is incapable of continuing to serve his country even though he has retired from military service.

Rob has several reasons for putting his body under the extreme stresses that this challenge will require. First, he believes in giving back.  During his epic cross-country bike challenge, Rob raised over $126,000 for nonprofit military charities that helped him recover from his injuries, all the while honoring other veterans by raising awareness across the country about the fortitude of our military men and women. Rob also believes in an America where people never stop trying to improve themselves.  He knows that “America’s most valuable resource is its people, and only if the citizens of America are constantly trying to improve themselves, can America be at its greatest.” 

Rob finds that inspiration is contagious and that people can be inspired to affect change for important causes in their communities and beyond.  He knows that the American people can and will roll up their sleeves, and through collective action, unite as a nation to solve any problems that we face.  He strives to be an example of these ideals.
“I want to be an example for others to follow.  An example of a veteran, and a person who, instead of letting their personal tragedy destroy their life, they use that same tragedy to make themselves better.  To enrich their lives, and the lives of others.”

Therefore, Rob is undertaking a challenge that will force him to rise to the occasion, and become a stronger individual.  Rob hopes that his Month of Marathons will unite military and civilian citizens alike by bridging the gap of understanding between these communities, and highlight the possibilities for veterans to reintegrate into and benefit society in post military life.  Lastly, Rob hopes to show veterans that America loves and appreciates the men and women who stood the post to guard our country and our democracy.

So, help spread the word.  The Month of Marathons is coming your way. Rob will be raising money for three nonprofit military charities.  Visit to donate and learn more, like and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @RobJonesJourney.  Meet up with Rob, run alongside him and unite.  Let’s honor Rob as he continues to inspire and help others. In doing so, you will not only honor Rob, but all veterans, and the country that they represent.