Double Amputee Marine Veteran Completes 31 Marathons in 31 Days
A US Marine veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan has successfully completed 31 marathons in 31 days.
Rob Jones needed double above the knee amputations after stepping on a landmine during a push into Taliban territory in 2010.
He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011 and the 32-year-old has since dedicated his life to raising awareness and funds for wounded veteran charities.
The veteran finished his ‘month of marathons’ in Washington at the weekend having run 812 miles at events in 31 different major cities.
After being fitted with prosthetics Mr Jones said he had to “work hard to learn how to walk with two bionic knees”.
“I also used the [rehabilitation] time to relearn how to do other things with my new challenge including riding a bicycle, running, and rowing,” he says.
“I took naturally to rowing, and since [then] I am always in search of a challenge that I can use to become better.”
In 2012 he won a bronze medal in the mixed double sculls at the 2012 Paralympics in London and then rode 5,200 miles across America on his bike before taking on the marathon challenge.
“I believe in setting an example for others to follow,” he says. “I am proving to America’s veterans that they are appreciated, and that they are not alone in their struggles.
“I want to be an example for others to follow. An example of a veteran, and a person who, instead of letting their personal tragedy destroy their life, they use that same tragedy to make themselves better. To enrich their lives, and the lives of others.”
You can follow Rob’s Journey on Facebook.
Source: November 13th edition of The Telegraph