CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While many Rhode Islanders were still sleeping, Jon Pincince laced up his running shoes Thursday morning and took to the North-South Trail to begin a day-long journey across the state.
Pincince, a five-time marathon runner and Rhode Island native, celebrated his 43rd birthday by running just shy of 80 miles to raise money for the Nonviolence Institute in Providence.
“They are out in the community, in the neighborhoods, on the street talking with people, working with people and really building a stronger, safer community for everybody,” Pincince told Eyewitness News earlier this week.
The Nonviolence Institute had to postpone their annual fundraiser, Invest in Peace, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
To offset the organization’s losses, Pincince began collecting donations ahead of his run on the North-South Trail.
“To make it about more than just me doing a run raise some money for an organization that could really use it,” Pincince said.
Pincince started his journey at 4:30 a.m. at the Buck Hill Management Area in Burrillville. To keep him motivated, several people joined Pincince at his 10 designated checkpoints and ran alongside him for portions of his journey.
He ran for 19 hours, but when he reached mile 74 in Charlestown around 11:30 p.m., he could no longer stand and had to call it quits, six miles shy of his goal.
Pincince ran nearly three marathons in less than 24 hours. On Friday morning, Pincince took to Twitter after coming up short.
“So a bit disappointed but I’m OK,” he wrote. “Let’s end this on a positive note and everyone get their pledged donations in to @NVInstitute ASAP. Thank you!”
“Next time!” he tweeted soon after.
Pincince received constant support throughout his journey, with many Rhode Islanders taking to Twitter to reassure him that what he did was nothing short of incredible.
In total, Pincince has raised approximately $10,000 and counting for the non-profit organization.