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Who runs 7 marathons in 7 days? And why?

A marathon is 42.2km long. For good runners it can take about 4 hours to cover that distance.  Jocelyn and I ran a marathon and it took us almost 5 1/2 hours. That was due in part to injuring my leg. But injuries are a part of running.

Where does a young dad with active kids and a full-time job and volunteer coaching responsibilities find time to run a marathon and make time for recovery everyday? And why would you do that to your body?

7 Marathons for 70 Years

Spending three weeks in Ukraine in December 2023 showed me the difference that a little kindness makes in people living through a war. I was able to distribute food to civilians stuck near the frontlines. I saw what congregation could do with a relatively small amount of money and a lot of skill and volunteer labour.

In January 2024, I floated the idea of raising money for humanitarian work in Ukraine. On May 18th I would turn 70, so we set a BHAG of raising $70,000. Friends in Alberta, BC, Newfoundland, and Ontario took up the challenge to hold fundraisers.

Our oldest son, Cory, decided he would run 7 marathons in 7 days to do his part and see who would donate to support him. That’s the WHY. He’s never been to Ukraine but he wanted to support our work there. He and his wife and friends like to run. Last summer they ran in the Death Race through the mountains near Grande Cache, Alberta. They’ll do that again this summer.


Our family likes to run. I’ll be running an “easy” 10km on May 18th in Alliston, Ontario at another fundraiser for Ukraine.

To fulfill all his responsibilities he may run part of the marathon at midnight and then get some sleep, get the kids to school, go to work, coach badminton, get the kids to sports and then finish the marathon, get some sleep and start the routine again.

Pray for him.

And give for Ukraine.

To date (May 16), people have given over $17,000 to Loads of Love in his name. Awesome!

Donations are tax receipted and can be given at this site.

Thank you for your generosity.

Please join the cause and the conversation below and leave a comment. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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