DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A combat-wounded Marine who is running a marathon a day for 31 days in 31 cities made his stop in Dallas on Saturday.
Rob Jones, a retired Marine Corps sergeant, started his incredible journey on October 12 in London and made his way to the U.S. and even a stop in Canada. His “Month of Marathons” will lead up to Veteran’s Day in Washinton D.C.
Jones lost both of his legs when he stepped on an explosive device while in Afghanistan.
“I’m doing it because I’m hoping to dispel a myth in the veteran population that a wounded veteran is a broken veteran that can’t continue to contribute,” said Jones.
Jones started his run in Dallas Saturday morning on the Santa Fe Trail. His staging area was at the Juliette Fowler Communities.
His after party and sendoff was at the Main Event in Lewisville where he will then leave for Oklahoma City.
“I hope what happens is if there’s a veteran out there who’s struggling – that they’ll see my story, and hopefully they’ll be able to use it to their advantage,” said Jones. “And they’ll be able to envision themselves doing the same thing a little easier.”
This was his twenty-fourth marathon that will end next Saturday on Veteran’s Day.
Jones’ wife is part of his support team. They met five years ago in London when they both competed in rowing.
“Rob won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Paralympics, and he won my heart as well,” said Pam Jones.
In 2014, Jones became the first double-amputee to ride a bicycle cross-country 5,100 miles from Maine to California.
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