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Veteran Rob Jones to kick-off Vienna Turkey Trot Nov. 19

Rob Jones, a Marine Corps veteran from Vienna who lost both legs in Afghanistan, is a storied athlete who raises awareness and funds for wounded veterans organizations.
Just off his 31-Marathons-in-31-Days challenge, Marine Corps Veteran and Loudoun County native Rob Jones will join the James Madison High School Band boosters at the start of the 15th annual Turkey Trot race event on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Jones, a Marine Corps veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan, is a storied athlete who raises awareness and funds for wounded veterans organizations. Soon after his rehabilitation he began training for the 2012 Paralympics, winning a Bronze medal in rowing, followed by a 4th place in the 2013 World Rowing Championships. In October 2013 he began a solo supported bike ride across America, which he completed in April 2014. On Saturday, he completed a month-long, back-to-back marathon challenge in which he ran 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different major cities

The USATF-certified Turkey Trot 5K/10K course starts at 400 Center Street in Vienna by their Volunteer Fire Department. Parents do not need to register to run with their children in the Fun Run. Strollers are permitted but four-legged friends are asked to cheer from the sidelines.

Races include:

• 8 a.m. Kids Fun Run

• 8:30 a.m. 5K and 10K

Registration is at http://www.viennaturkeytrot.org. Use promo code VTT for a $5 discount. Fees include:

• $40 for the 5K and 10K

• $20 for Kids Fun Run

Trophies and organic, free-range turkeys from Whole Foods will be awarded to the overall male/female winners and overall Masters (over 40) male/female winners.

Event proceeds support the award-winning “Pride of Vienna” James Madison HS Marching Band and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

This event is sponsored by the JMHS Band Parents Organization and is operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, and James Madison High School.

For more information, please visit http://www.viennaturkeytrot.org.

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