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Lovettsville native, injured-in-action veteran Rob Jones to run 31 marathons in 31 days

Veteran Rob Jones makes his way to the front of Loudoun Valley High School’s auditorium on prosthetics a year after he lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. His friend and filmmaker Ivan Kander premiered his documentary about Jones called “Survive. Recover. Live.” to a packed auditorium July 22, 2012.Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny

Retired Marine Sergeant Rob Jones has been known to achieve the extraordinary. Jones, a Lovettsville native who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010, has won a bronze medal in the Paralympics and remains the only double above-the-knee amputee to ride a traditional bicycle 5,180 miles across America.

Now, Jones is setting out to run 31 marathons in 31 days

After starting his venture in London Thursday, Jones will continue his month of marathons in Toronto and major cities throughout the U.S. He plans to end the month on Veterans Day in Washington D.C.

“I mean to show my fellow veterans that they are not alone, and only need ask in order to receive all of the support they need,” Jones said in a statement. “By running in both London and Toronto, I plan to also raise these issues in the populaces of America's allies that I have fought alongside and who face these same issues.”

Jones lives by the motto “Survive. Recover. Live.” He said on his website that he realizes being a double amputee doesn't mean he is incapable of continuing to serve his country, even though he's now retired from military service. During Jones' cross-country bike challenge, he raised $126,000 for nonprofit military charities that helped him recover from his injuries. He is also raising awareness about the fortitude of military men and women.

The idea for the month of marathons came to him in May 2016, and he has been training for the past year to get his body and mind ready for the challenge, he said.

“I want to provide a new perspective of what a wounded veteran can do,” Jones told the Times-Mirror.

His goal for the marathon month is to bring civilians and military together to bridge the gap of understanding between the two communities, and to highlight the possibilities for veterans to reintegrate into and benefit society in post military life. He will be raising money for three military charities – Coalition to Salute America's heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. He hopes to raise $1 million by the end of the month.

Jones' journey has caught the attention of people from all over the country. He was recently covered by Washingtonian magazine, and he has made appearances on "Good Morning Washington" and "Megyn Kelly Today."

Jones invites people to join him on his runs, even if not for the full distance. Those interested in running can RSVP on his website, robjonesjourney.com, as well as donate to the campaign or buy a “Rob Jones Journey” T-shirt.

“My mission is to provide evidence that just because a veteran comes home and is wounded either physically or emotionally, it doesn't mean they're broken or incapable of contributing to society,” Jones said.

WATCH: Rob Jones featured on "Megyn Kelly TODAY" Wednesday.



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Comments


In 31 days I might finish one marathon (and probably wouldn’t).

Hooooo-ah! for Mr. Jones.


This man is a serious source of inspiration! We should all strive to be like him in our endevours.


awesome!


I wish him the best of luck !!!!

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