Jonathon Prince always loved to run. As a sophomore at Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas, NV, he broke the school mile record with a time of 5:35, a feat never before achieved by a sophomore. College life at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA put a temporary stop to his running habit, but he resumed in 2003, getting up at 5:30am five days a week to pound the streets.
In August 2005 while running through his Studio City, CA neighborhood, Jonathon decided to try and do something to help the victims of the recent Hurricane Katrina. He organized the first Run 4 Relief, a cross-country run starting in Studio City and ending in Atlanta, GA. Despite his father’s warnings that the attempt was foolish and bound to fail, Jonathon persevered and in February 2006, he finished his run with four police cars and the Clark-Atlanta University track team escorting him to a homecoming celebration.
With the success of Run 4 Relief, Jonathon found his life’s purpose. In July 2006, he began Run 4 Relief II, running from Atlanta, GA to New York to promote awareness of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In total, Jonathon raised $125,000 for Katrina relief efforts.
Now, Jonathon’s at it again. This time, his Hope or Die! run started in California in October 2009 and will end in Washington, DC in March 2010. Instead of running straight across America, Jonathon plans to run from community to community, helping where help is needed and inspiring others to do likewise. Along the way, he’ll be raising money for six charities:
- Bread for the World
- Global Green USA
- Habitat for Humanity
- The Girl Effect
- Remote Area Medical
EBOOST is proud to provide Jonathon with the energy, hydration and recovery to help him on his run. If you want to do YOUR part to help Jonathon raise money, go to his website at www.hopeordie.org and click on “Contribute.” Tweet about it, tell your friends and post about it on facebook. Every little helps.
Read more about Jonathon on his blog, facebook page, twitter or youtube channel. Or read the articles written about him by CNN and Nike.