West Coast, Tom Jones, Hurricane Saint George discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
Goes. Now if people want to find out more about united, we pledge is there a website for united we pledge? Yes, it's united we pledge dot org dot org. Okay, so you are doing what you're doing to help them reach their goal. And by the way, the site of the place you describing is montevallo, Alabama, it is. Yes. So is that where is that where you started this journey? That is. And I'm winding up in hurricane saint George, Utah, where they're breaking ground to build an exact replica of this place on the West Coast. So they're starting development of that on July 2nd when I when I come into town there, we're going to break ground there and they're going to build an exact replica of that on the West Coast so that people on the West Coast have the opportunity to have that same experience. Look, this is exciting stuff. I want to talk to you about running and I want to talk to you about America. And I figure I'm safe on both topics with you. But before we get to that, people want to know how did Tom Jones get to be Tom Jones doing this kind of a thing right now. What is your story that led you to where you are today? Where did you grow up? When did these things become central in your life? Well, that's a great question to just kind of make it real quick. So my childhood was a dumpster fire. I was removed from my home when I was 12 years old for child abuse. I was put into a foster care institution that was run by pedophiles. I was only afforded a 6th grade education until I ran away from that institution and joined the United States Marine Corps. They were a great parents. They taught me right from wrong. They taught me about integrity as free decor. All my clothes matched. It was a good thing. And I ended up being a world champion price fighter. And I had the opportunity to train with Chuck Norris and other people like that. They were really great influences on my life, and then in 1998, I went to a foster care facility in my area that wanted a playground. And they couldn't afford it. So I came up with a wild idea of running from Oregon to Mexico on foot, raising money and helping them have a playground. And when we dedicated that playground, all of a sudden, my life had meaning. I knew what I was here for. And since 1998, I've been lending my athletic abilities to worthwhile causes like this one. I love it. I mean, I really love it. When did you get into what you call extreme athletics? Because, you know, anybody can run ten miles, most people can do a marathon. But this is a dramatic uptick when we're talking on the levels of athleticism and endurance. I mean, for you to run a marathon a day, 26.2 miles a day, I mean, what does it take to get your body to a point where you can do that? Most people are in a marathon, and then they got to take three weeks off. How long have you been involved in this stuff? So it's a culmination of a lifetime of work, right? So this isn't something that you can just kind of go out and train for. So my entire life, I've been a professional athlete. And I got into it because I wanted to empower people that had been in situation that was similar to mine. There's a foster kid to do whatever they wanted to with their life because we live in a country that actually allows you to do that. And I wanted to share my story with them and empower them to be more and to empower them to follow their dreams just like I am right now. I mean, I find myself in 1998. I started this stuff, and I've set several world records running. I've set the world record on stand up paddle board when I paddle boarded from Oregon and Mexico, then I broke that paddle board record when I traveled from Key West to New York. World records, this is very impressive. If I had a world record, I would say it very slowly, so people could take this in. You paddle boarded from where to where? I paddle boarded from Oregon to Mexico in 2007. What am I missing? Hold on a second. How do you paddleboard? From Oregon to Mexico. This is very tough for me to take this in. So I have a motor home that I use as base camp. And I settled with wave runners every day to launch point and then we GPS, wherever we left off and we'd keep paddling, and then we'd leapfrog that motor home and keep doing it over and over again until we got to the Mexican border. And then in 2010, I broke that world record when I paddled from Key West Florida to New York City. I really can't believe this. This is mind-blowing stuff. Paddle, look, it's one thing to run. I'm a runner. Upper body stuff, I can't believe how far can you travel on a paddleboard in a day. I just can't believe this stuff. Well, when I went from Key West to New York, I averaged 18 miles a day, but when I set the flat water world record on a Lake, Smith mountain Lake in Virginia, I paddled 30 miles a day, and I paddled that 540 miles of shoreline, I believe it was 16 days. So when you were, I just want to get this not that I'm going to do this. I don't really need the details. This is just for the storytelling here. But when you're paddle boarding from Florida to New York, you're doing this on ocean water. Absolutely. I'm doing it in the ocean water, and I can tell you when I went from Oregon to Mexico, I saw a great white shark's most every single day until I got to point conception, which is three quarters of the way down the state. And when I went into the ocean at the Oregon California border, I thought I was the alpha person in the water until I saw my first 17 foot great white shark about 6 feet away from me and then I realized I'm basically fish food. I think once word gets out in the great white shark population, they will be afraid of you. They just, they're not yet familiar with what you've accomplished. But this is so exciting. Now, so right now you're in the middle of this journey going from Alabama to Utah. You are running. So this is on foot across most of the country, 26 miles a day. We're going to be right back, folks. We're talking to Tom Jones. The website for united we pledge is united we pledge dot org and Tom's website is quit proof dot com QU IT PRO F dot com will be right back with Tom Jones. She's a radio. She's a lady talking about that little lady and the lady is mine tell me Eric, why is relief factor so successful at lowering or eliminating pain? I'm often asked that question, the owners of relief factor tell me they believe our bodies were designed to heal. That's right, designed to heal. And I agree with them. 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