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Longest Ride: 84 miles

Brian Jones

I have been cycling for a few years now shortly after beginning long distance running, following a number of devastating life events. I started running in 2013 and ran my first long distance 5k with some friends who invited me to a race. After working my way up to a 10k I wanted to see more on the roads I ran and got a road bike. It wasn't long before I could do a quick 30 miles in the summer, when I would meet more people who would challenge me to go farther.

In 2010, I lost a nephew to cystic fibrosis and rode in the C.F. "Cycle for Life" in Washington. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's and later my dad had a stroke shortly before retiring. The worst was yet to come in 2011 when my son Lincoln was diagnosed with leukemia at 2 years old. In 2012 we took him to Disneyland for his Make a Wish trip and my wife's parents joined us. The night before we went to the park my father in law had a massive heart attack and did not survive.  2012 felt like the end of the world, but I was left here for a purpose and decided pursue the gift I had been given. 

In 2013, I began a virtual run for kids facing cancer that got the attention of over 50,000 people and lead me to the White House in Washington D.C. I finished my first marathon at 40 and will run my 5th this May as I train for Boston 2020 and my first Century.

I am motivated and inspired by kids enduring chemotherapy because of a childhood cancer diagnosis and have a new little girl I met to support with my activities.

Brian Jones's Blog Posts

Breaking the 80-Mile Mark image
Breaking the 80-Mile Mark

It’s good to look back often and remember where you came from, but I also believe it’s better to look ahead at all that life offers, that you can reach for.

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My First Century