Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Rob Jones is on a mission that’ll span three nations, check his bodily limits, and hopefully make a distinction within the lives of different veterans.
Over the course of 1 month, the double above-the-knee amputee plans to run a marathon each single day.
Jones is used to overcoming challenges others might imagine are unattainable.
After becoming a member of the Marine Corps, he served as a fight engineer throughout deployments to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010. Throughout that latter journey abroad was when his life modified endlessly.
On July 22, 2010, Jones was tasked with clearing a path via an space thought to have a buried explosive system. “The IED discovered me, earlier than I discovered it,” Jones described. He misplaced each legs above the knee.
Throughout his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Military Medical Middle, Jones was fitted with prosthetics and discovered the best way to stroll once more with two bionic knees. After retiring, he took to rowing and determined to coach for the 2012 Paralympics in London. He wound up profitable bronze.
In 2013, he set out on a cross-nation journey to bike throughout America whereas elevating cash for wounded veteran charities. Over the course of 181 days, Rob cycled 5,one hundred eighty miles from Maine to California and raised $126,000.
It was the primary leg of what he’s calling the ‘Rob Jones Journey,’ and a part of a private objective to boost $1 million for wounded veteran charities.
Whereas Jones says he discovered to simply accept his state of affairs fairly shortly after being wounded in motion, he is aware of not all veterans reply that means. He hopes his journey might help those that are struggling by seeing somebody utilizing their tragedy as a device to make different peoples’ lives higher.
“Perhaps I might use what I’ve completed and be an instance for Veterans coming residence and struggling.”
The subsequent a part of his journey is a month of marathons. Jones plans to run 31 marathons in 31 totally different cities.
He’s beginning off in London, England on Oct. 12, then instantly heading again to the U.S. for a run in Philadelphia on Oct. thirteen. He plans to proceed that routine for 31 days straight, ending up on Veterans Day with a run on the Nationwide Mall in Washington, D.C.
However Jones hopes he gained’t be the one one operating every day. Anybody can signal-as much as run with him or just drop by to point out their help. On his web site you’ll be able to register to run with Rob and see an in depth…