training is as vigorous as most extreme athletes
"competitions". Toms dedication is driven by
his passion and willingness to put himself and his
body through "extreme" physical and mental
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completes the rigorous challenge of the California
Paddle at the border of Mexico and San Diego.
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Tom Jones is called an "extreme" athlete.
But when people hear what he
accomplished, more often than not, they ask if "extreme"
is an "extreme" enough word to describe him.
He has run the length of California several times--at a
pace of a marathon (26.2 miles) per day. He has
also run from California to New York at the same
marathon per day pace. That's right... 120
consecutive days... 26.2 miles per day. Make that
121 consecutive days, because when he arrived in NY, he
competed in the New York City marathon, and finished in
under four hours. In 2003, Tom ran a marathon, and
followed it up by competing in a sanctioned Muay Thai
kickboxing match, which he won by KO in the third round.
To make a long story short,
"if it can't be done, Tom will do it".
In 2007, Tom set a
World Record by stand-up paddle boarding the entire
length of the California coast (1,250 miles) with
"California Paddle", to help
raise awareness for the "plastic pollution" in our
successfully completed the
Endurance Island challenge where he
biked then ran (134 miles each portion), then
stand-up paddle boarded around the island of Oahu
(over 200+ miles) to again bring national and
international attention to the seriousness of
"plastic pollution" in our oceans.
Why are Tom's endeavors so extreme? Because, Tom
has an extreme passion for troubled youth and
environmental causes, and staging extreme events is his
way of drawing attention to, and raising funds to
eradicate the negative issues that will affect our
future. He will literally do "whatever it takes,"
and his efforts have motivated tens of thousands of
people to exit their comfort zones and become active in
youth-oriented social and environmental issues.
* In 2008, Tom
traveled to Baghdad to help inspire and motivate our
troops. He was extremely well received and the
troops were encouraged and inspired but his presence and
* In 2009 Tom will be
challenging himself to “Big Waves for Safe Kids”. For
every 20’ plus wave that Tom can catch and document, 10k
will be split between his Tom Jones Foundation, and Safe
* In 2010 Tom
is planning to break his own World Record by Stand-up
paddle boarding from Key West, Fl to New York City.
It’s around 2,800 miles which is more than double his
current World Record of 1,250 miles he set at the
California Paddle Challenge in 2007.
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