Most people can’t imagine running a marathon, but retired Marine Rob Jones is taking marathon running to a whole new level. He’s commited to running a marathon a day, for 31 days, and he’s doing it on prosthetic legs.
Jones, a double above-the-knee amputee, is going to pushing himself mentally and physically to the limit. His journey will take him to three countries all while raising money for wounded warrior charities.
After joining the Marine Corps, Jones was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when suddenly his life changed forever. He had been tasked to clear a path in an area riddled with IEDs, according to K5.
“The IED found me, before I found it,” Jones described.
After a long recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Jones learned to walk again on prosthetics and two bionic knees.
He retired from the Marine Corps shortly thereafter, but took up training to push himself as an athlete.
Jones trained for the 2012 Paralympics in London and took home the bronze. The following year, he raised $126,000 and rode his bike from Maine to California in 181 days; the first of his goal raising $1 million for wounded veteran charities.
He hopes to be an inspiration to other veterans.
“Maybe I could use what I’ve accomplished and be an example for Veterans coming home and struggling.”
The monies raised running 31 marathons will be donated to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Jones is hoping his journey inspires others to show that just “because a Veteran’s wounded doesn’t mean that they’re broken or incapable of being a contributing member of society and their family.”
Oct. 12: London, Engalnd
Oct. 13: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct. 14: New York City, New York
Oct. 15: Boston, Massachusetts
Oct. 16: Toronto, Canada
Oct. 17: Detroit, Michigan
Oct. 18: Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 19: Louisville, Kentucky
Oct. 20: Indianapolis, Indiana
Oct. 21: Chicago, Illinois
Oct. 22: St. Louis, Missouri
Oct. 23: Kansas City, Missouri
Oct. 24: Denver, Colorado
Oct. 25: Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 26: Seattle, Washington
Oct. 27: Portland, Oregon
Oct. 28: San Francisco, California
Oct. 29: Los Angeles, California
Oct. 30: San Diego, California
Oct. 31: Phoenix, Arizona
Nov. 1: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov. 2: San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 3: Houston, Texas
Nov. 4: Dallas, Texas
Nov. 5: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov. 6: Memphis, Tennessee
Nov. 7: Nashville, Tennessee
Nov. 8: Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 9: Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov. 10: Baltimore, Maryland
Nov. 11: Washington, D.C.
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