Cape Cod Marathon Weekend Roundup

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Seven continents within seven days and  a marathon in each of the 50 states, all within one year!

By Bob Haskell    October 5, 2017

Dave Jones makes no bones about it. “I hate to run,” insists the 41-year-old man from Hanson, Ky. He sounds as if no one among the hundreds of people intending to run the 40th Cape Cod Marathon on Oct. 29 could possibly despise running as much as he does.

So what makes Dave Jones the celebrity runner for this year’s 26.2-mile run around Falmouth?

Because he has run marathons and considerably longer ultra events many times during the five years since he kicked a 25-year, two-pack-a-day smoking habit, dropped 90 pounds, and started persuading everyone who will listen to his Eternal Endurance motivational talks that if he can turn his life around, so can they.

He acknowledges that his 6-foot-1 frame and trademark full beard and bald head make him look more like a biker than a marathoner or triathlete.

But people may think twice about trying to embrace running the way that this husband and father of three has. Jones is planning his first trip to the Cape as part of his quest to accomplish something he is convinced no person has ever done: run an official, public marathon on all seven continents within seven days, or 168 hours, and then run a marathon in each of the 50 states, all within one year.

His goal to complete that odyssey on Jan. 18 in Hawaii is within his reach. Jones and three others did the incomprehensible, seven-continent thing, in 166 hours, 54 minutes, and 11 seconds, during the final week in January. They finished in Antarctica on Jan. 31.

And if all goes as planned, Massachusetts will be his 36th marathon state this year when he completes the Cape race on October’s final Sunday – provided he checks off Illinois, in the Shawnee Marathon in Harrisburg, the day before.

“It’s the timing, quite frankly. The marathon on the Cape is the last chance I’ll have to run in Massachusetts within this year,” Jones explained. “Then I’ll have just 14 states to go.”

Two of those states are especially important to him. Finishing marathons in California and Hawaii will make him a member of the 50 States Marathon Club.

This man with a master’s in clinical social work and an impressive resume in coal mining and entrepreneurial endeavors understands that what he is trying to accomplish in one year may not seem entirely sane.

“I know I’m burning money with a blowtorch,” he laughed. “I’m old enough to know better and still young enough to be an idiot.”