Rob Jones Journey

Rob Jones

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Rob Jones joined the Marine Corps Reserve as a combat engineer. He served at Bravo Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion based out of Roanoke, VA. 

Jones deployed to Habbaniyah, Iraq in 2008, and again to Delaram/Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010. During his deployment to Afghanistan, he was wounded by a landmine. The injury resulted in a left knee dis-articulation and a right above knee amputation of his legs. 

While recovering at Walter Reed he was fitted with two bionic knees. Not only did he learn how to walk with the prosthetics, he learned how to ride a bicycle, run, and row. He took naturally to rowing so much so that he decided to train for the 2012 Paralympics. 

After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in December 2011, he immediately moved to Florida to train with his rowing partner. They won the trunk and arms mixed double sculls trial race held by USRowing to become the USRowing national team for their boat class and also won the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Belgrade to qualify for the Paralympics. His hard work paid off when he and his partner brought home a bronze medal. 

On October 14, 2013, he began a solo supported bike ride across America which started in Bar Harbor, Maine, and ended in Camp Pendleton, California.  The ride was 5,180 miles long and completed on April 13, 2014, a total of 181 days after it began.  But he didn't stop there,  in the fall of 2017, with the support of an incredible team, he accomplished his goal to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities. 

He currently hosts "Use The Weight" a podcast and is training for the Invictus Games. 

Jones lives in Virginia.