Next stop: Wilson Middle School

Runner Jonathon Prince has covered more than 7,500 miles across America to inspire people to choose hope when times get hard.  On Wednesday, March 10, Prince ran through Charlotte.  Principal Eric Ward along with 30 members from Wilson Middle’s track team laced up their running shoes and joined him for approximately one mile—all in the name of hope.

Prince also talked to the eighth-grade class about his project “Choose Hope or Die.”  The campaign raises funds for disaster relief and aims to promote and inspire hope to people and organizations that need it most.  The students asked questions about how he prepares for his journeys, life on the road and his plans for future runs.

“When I run, I think about the kids who need help or the people who don’t have a job,” said Prince.

He also told the students about some adverse situations that affected his life.  He talked about how he dealt with his brothers who participated in gang activity, difficult times in college and an estranged relationship with this father.

“I’m running to inspire people to choose hope over any situation in their life,” Prince said. 

Prince, who did not run track in school, has completed two cross-country runs for Hurricane Katrina relief and has raised nearly $100,000 for victims.  He started his third run in October 2009 from Santa Monica Pier, Calif.  He plans to end in Washington, D.C., on April 10.  One of his goals is to have President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama run the last mile with him.

“His story really inspired me to do something positive with my life,” said eighth-grader Passion Firms. 

Prince is a native of Las Vegas and graduate of Clark Atlanta University.  He majored in mass media arts and works in television production. 

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