SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — A retired Marine Corps sergeant is doing something incredible.Thirty-one marathons in 31 major cities in 31 consecutive days!
Did we mention he’s a double amputee?
Sgt. Rob Jones from Virginia, began the 31-day tour in London on Oct.12. The next day he returned to the U.S. made a quick stop in Canada, and now he’s back, still running.
On Wednesday, we caught up with Rob on his 14th leg of his multi-city, multi-marathon run in Liberty Park. Fourteen marathons in as many days. It sounds a bit crazy, but he’s running with a purpose.
“I’m trying to have an affect on an issue in the veteran population where some tend to think that just because you come back wounded, in some way, whether it’s a psychological injury or physical injury that you can’t contribute to society or stay in the fight.”
Rob lost his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. That hasn’t stopped him from living and making a difference.
“I’m trying to offer a story about a guy who went to Afghanistan and had a traumatic experience and came back and was still able to find a new way of contributing to my country.”
Rob is an incredible athlete, winning the bronze medal in the 2012 paralympics. He was the first and only double above the knee amputee to ride a normal bicycle 5180 miles across America.
But this time around will be his greatest challenge yet.
“If no one remembered my name after this, just as long as they remember that one time a wounded veteran ran all those marathons in a row as long as that remains, I’m happy.”
He will round out this massive multi-marathon journey on Veterans day next month in the nation’s capital.
His next stop is Seattle, Washington.
For Rob’s schedule of cities or even run with Rob, check out:www.robjonesjourney.com/#home-2-section