• Double amputee veteran runs 29th marathon out of 31 in Charlotte

    By: Brittney Johnson

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Marine veteran and double amputee on a mission to run a marathon every day for a full month stopped Thursday in Charlotte.

    Rob Jones is on a mission to inspire service members to overcome injuries and tragedies.

    Roughly 100 Charlotteans met Jones in Freedom Park as he set out to run his 29th consecutive marathon.

    Roughly 100 Charlotteans met Jones in Freedom Park as he set out to run his 29th consecutive marathon. (WSOCTV.com)

    Jones lost his legs when a mine exploded in Afghanistan.

    "It takes time to adjust and get your new normal," Jones said.

    [Rob Jones Journey]

    He's so grateful for the support he received. He trained for 18 months to run more than 800 miles to raise money for others.

    "I'm doing this for my fellow veterans and the struggles they face are a lot worse than whether or not my back hurts or my stumps are in pain for four hours a day," Jones said.

     

     

    Even after a nasty fall in Nashville, Jones still pushed through his 29th run.

    "His back is a bit sore now, but he is the strongest person. He is just persevering," Rob Jones' wife, Pam Jones, said.

    He's also inspiring crowds to join him and run by his side in each city.

    Kevin Parrella's father served in the Marines and was committed to running with Jones in Charlotte.

    "It's unbelievable. We all feel pain running with him out there. Just think what he's feeling and going through and overcoming every single day," Parrella said.

    Rob Jones is running to send the message that if he can overcome adversity, they can, too.

    "Maybe there's a veteran out there that struggling to remain a great, maybe he'll see my story, get some hope," Jones said.

     

     

    Jones and his wife are leaving Charlotte on Thursday and driving to Baltimore. Jones will run is final marathon in Washington, D.C., on Veterans' Day. 

    [RELATED: Marine veteran becomes first double-amputee to serve as police officer]

    Jones is no stranger to extreme challenges. In 2013, he biked from Maine to California and raised more than $100,000 for veterans.

    He's trying to raise a $1 million for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. He has $125,000 so far. 

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