This Vet Lost Both Of His Legs. Here’s Why It’s So Important For Him To Run 31 Marathons In 31 Days.

"I hope that through these deeds I will become a better version of myself."

Talk about running towards your goals.

Rob Jones isn't one to simply talk about it, the Marine veteran does exactly what he sets his mind and body to despite his handicap.



Although an IED blew off both his legs during a 2010 deployment in Afghanistan, the double amputee hasn't let it slow him down, and constantly pushes himself towards big victories such as winning the bronze medal for rowing in the 2012 Paralympics and riding a bicycle from Maine to California in 2014 during one of the coldest winters on record.

"I was fitted with prosthetics, and worked very hard to learn how to walk with two bionic knees," he described in his bio on RobJonesJourney.com about his recovery process. "I also used the time to relearn how to do other things with my new challenge including riding a bicycle, running, and rowing."   

His latest challenge is to run 31 marathons in 31 days to raise money for veteran groups such as the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and the Semper Fi Fund. He hopes to raise $1 million in total for the collective organizations.

Jones wrote how his month-long, back to back marathon challenge will take place in "31 different major cities," including London, 29 cities within the U.S., and Toronto.

But more than that, he's racing towards the finish line to bring hope to many and uplift to those who feel like life's obstacles can't be overcome, especially fellow injured veterans.  

"I hope that through these deeds I will become a better version of myself," he wrote. "And by being so, improve those around me and encourage them to do the same."

Check out more of Jones' story in the video below:

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