Running Around Rhode Island with Jon

This is something people might want to get in on. Lawyer, blogger, husband, father, and runner Jon Pincince is starting another blog in addition to This one is called Run Rhode Island and is going to be a chronicle of the places her runs — in a continuous course from one place to the next. Jon is asking for suggestions of great places to run in Rhode Island. From Jon’s post introducing Run Rhode Island:

I have lived in Rhode Island for all of my 30 years. Until last weekend I had never been to Sachuest Point in Middletown, a beautiful wildlife refuge at the tip of Aquidneck Island where one can walk, run, fish or just watch birds, waves or fishermen. How much more of Rhode Island have I never seen?

Assuming I live to be 90 years old, I already have lived one-third of my life, and all in Rhode Island. Yet how well do I know the state, its cities and towns, its landmarks, its neighborhoods? There are parts, of course, that I know well – East Woonsocket, where I grew up, and the Tuckertown area of South Kingstown, where I live now. But I want to know all of Rhode Island better, to see Rhode Island from on the ground in every city and town.

So I’ve decided to run it. I started running a few years ago to get back in shape after three years of ignoring my health, and my expanding body, while in law school. Since then running has become an important part of my life, both as an athletic challenge and as a method of maintaining and improving my physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health. But I have used running almost exclusively to look inward, so much so that when running I wear neither my glasses nor contacts to correct my weak vision.

Now, while I will continue to reap the above benefits from running, I want to use running to look outward, at Rhode Island and its geography, communities and people. To do that I will need two things, contact lenses and a route to run. I’ll take care of the former; I will need your help with the latter. I plan to run a continuous route through every Rhode Island city and town, running a portion of the route each Saturday and picking up each week where I left off the week before. Most important, I want the route to pass through what Rhode Islanders tell me is the heart and soul of each of their communities. That’s where you come in.

Please comment on this post, or e-mail me at, and tell me where I should run – tell me the sites I have to see, the neighborhoods through which I should run, the hills I just have to climb, and even the people I simply must take the opportunity to meet along the way. Is there a street that epitomizes West Warwick? Is there a store that screams Richmond? Is there a park that captures the essence of Pawtucket? Is there a person that bleeds Burrillville? What neighborhoods really make Providence Providence? Tell me about all of them.

I will gather all of your information and opinions and, with the help of my very patient and understanding wife, put together my Run Rhode Island route. Then I will run it and see what I can see. Simple as that. Stay tuned to this site for updates on the development of my Run Rhode Island route, as well as for notice of when I will begin the run, which is at least a few months out. And if you’d like to join me for all or any part of the run – don’t worry, I don’t run very fast! – just let me know; I sure could use the company. Thank you in advance for helping me run, Rhode Island!

I love it when people find creative new ways to use the internet. Jon’s plan sounds like it will be enriching not only to his life, but to the lives of those who want to follow in his footsteps, or exercise vicariously (if only!) by reading his blog.

2 thoughts on “Running Around Rhode Island with Jon

  1. I tried to leave a comment at the site, but I don’t have a Google account. And since I have a problem with having companies accumulate too much info on me….

    You could do a lot worse than starting with the East Bay Bike Path. It runs along the Bay, through Barrington, and into Colt State Park.

    It’s obvious, but you’ve got to start somewhere. I didn’t grow up in RI, and these are places I’ve found interesting.

    Or, perhaps start at the Pier in Narragansett and run south, past Scarborough Beach, past Aunt Carries, and take the turn into Roger Wheeler beach. It’s very flat, too.

    I say all this having no idea how far you go in one run.

    Or, you could run across the Jamestown and Newport bridges.

Comments are closed.