News Marathon World Record Holder Speaks At Garrett College - Garrett College

Spring semester credit classes begin on January 26th. For additional information on Garrett’s spring semester, click here.

Garrett College McHenry campus offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offices will be closed for service from 12- 1 p.m. for lunch.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments (either virtual or in-person). When on campus, all visitors must follow the College’s health-and-safety measures. Please note the outreach centers (NOC, SOC, CTTC) will have variable hours - please call ahead prior to visiting these locations.

The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

Note: the Daily Health Self-Assessment form is located here.

Apply Now
Plan a Visit
Request Info
Make a Gift

Campus News

February 22, 2018

Marathon World Record Holder Speaks at Garrett College

Marathon world record holder Dave Jones, who grew up in Garrett County, Maryland, will speak at Garrett College, McHenry, Maryland, at 7 PM, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in the college's auditorium. The college will host a reception for the speaker from 6:30 PM to 7 PM in the college's Art Gallery, adjacent to the auditorium.

Dave Jones is an unlikely endurance athlete who didn't start running until five years ago in his late 30's, weighing 285 pounds and having been a heavy smoker for over 25 years.

In late January 2017, he became one of only four people in history to ever run official, public marathons on all seven continents in less than seven consecutive days (166 hours, 54 minutes, and 11 seconds to be exact)!

Since last August, he has also completed a Full Ironman Triathlon (140.6 miles), 50 Full Marathons (26.2 miles) in different states and countries, a 50-mile trail race, and the Savageman (120 miles) Triathlon which is widely considered to be the hardest triathlon in North America!

What makes Dave's story even more unique and his messages more effective, allowing him to instantly bond with any audience, is the fact that he stands over 6 feet tall, weighs over 230 pounds and hates running. He is not your typical ultra-endurance athlete. In fact, with his size, plus trademark big beard and bald head, Dave looks more like a biker than a triathlete or marathoner! All this has the effect of helping people get comfortable with Dave quickly, then start getting real with his core message.

Presented in a way only Dave can, audiences suddenly gain awareness that their only limits are in their heads and the only things stopping them from reaching their loftiest dreams are those self-imposed limits… then he teaches steps for how to systematically and intentionally become your best and start "Livin' the Dream" in your career, education, spiritual walk, or athletic endeavors.

Local residents may recall that Dave is the son of Garrett County's past Director of Economic Development, Tom Jones. The reception and presentation are free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Adventuresports Institute at 301-387-3330.