joins The Housing Hour to discuss the 2019 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon coming up March 30th-31st.
David is an Afganistan war veteran who while on a mission with his Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2009, was caught in a firefight and hit by an 82 mm mortar. His treatment ended in a “limb salvage,” which means amputation was considered, but then doctors decided to try to “salvage” what they could of his right leg.
His body littered with shrapnel that was most damaging to his knee, his ankle weakened and his tibia destroyed, David learned he would never run again. But his time in the military has resulted in a key component of his success after combat.
David began handcycling as part of his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center. He remembers his first ride well, blazing on wheels for the first 15 minutes and deciding it was almost too easy.
David won the handcycling event at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in 2014 and is attempting a comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Rob Jones was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was wounded in action by a land mine. The injury resulted in a left knee dis-articulation and a right above knee amputation of his legs. He was fitted with prosthetics at Walter Reed, and then began rowing, biking, and running. In 2017, he completed his goal of running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days. Learn more about Rob here.
Rob’s appearance is made possible by Prestige Cleaners, Prestige Tuxedo, and Eddie Mannis for Mayor.
The Knoxville Marathon is the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club (KTC), a 501c(3) nonprofit located in Knoxville, TN. The event is produced by the KTC, with the help of the City of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, and the title sponsor, Covenant Health.
The Knoxville Track Club is among the top ten largest track and field clubs in the U.S. The KTC encourages life-long physical well-being through running and walking. We offer year-round programs that include running and walking events for people of all ages.
Jason is the Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is the Knoxville Track Club’s largest event. He has served as the Race Director since 2007. Prior to that time, he served as a volunteer for the event in 2006 and ran the inaugural marathon in 2005. In his role, Jason oversees all event operations including sponsorship recruitment, leading key volunteers, recruiting volunteers, and all race weekend logistics.
Jason also serves the community as the Chair of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and as a member of the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission. He recently began service on the Active Communities Committee which is a partner group to the Community Health Council.
Jason is an accomplished runner with 4 wins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. In 2016, he won the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in November and then the Kiawah Island Marathon in December. He has won several other events at various distances.
Jason was honored in 2014 as the recipient of the Greater Knoxville’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of the Introduction Knoxville program through Leadership Knoxville.