This Double-Amputee Marine Is Running 31 Marathons In 31 Days

Rob Jones, a former Marine and Paralympic bronze medalist, shared the story of his recovery from the explosion that took his legs and his triumph at the 2012 Paralympic Games with the Marines of Wounded Warrior Battalion April 19. Jones is a double, above-knee amputee.

Rob Jones has won a bronze medal in rowing at the Paralympics, completed a 5,180-mile bike ride from Maine to California, and is now attempting to run 31 marathons in 31 days all across the country. All this despite the fact that Jones is a double amputee.

In 2010, Rob Jones, then a corporal in the Marine Corps, was tasked with finding hidden IEDs in Afghanistan. And then, as he puts it, “One found me before I found it.”

Both of Jones’s legs were severed below the knee and he was sent to National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and then Walter Reed Army Medical Center for rehabilitation. At Walter Reed, he not only learned to walk with his new prosthetics, but also run, row and bicycle.

Jones is always in search of a new challenge and following his triumph at the Paralympics and his incredible bike ride — which raised $126,000 for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Ride 2 Recovery — he has set off on his journey to run 31 marathons in 31 days, beginning Thursday at Hyde Park in London.

Jones is hoping to raise $1 million for veterans charities by the time he runs his 31st marathon and you can do your part with a donation at Rob Jones Journey.