About Zoe’s Run

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Hi everyone! I’m a sort-of-recent grad from the Uni of Richmond, VA. I like to be outside, travel, and learn, and most of all I love to run. If I had my way I’d be outside all day long, running, hiking, jumping, or even just sitting.

I’m currently running coast to coast to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs, locally and nationally! I’m running 25 miles a day, 6 days a week, for 5 and a half months. I’m took off in early January from sunshiney Huntington Beach in Southern California, and will finish in Charleston, SC, in late June. I’m running solo, sans support vehicle, and pushing all my supplies in a stroller (food, camping gear, spare clothes, water etc) My goal is to raise $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs, inspire kids to chase down their dreams, and have one heck of an adventure across the country. While I’m running I am continuing to raise money and working on sponsorships from companies whose products and/or services I’ll need (sports outfitters, hotels, Gatorade etc)

I still need lots of help to reach the fundraising goal! There are two different ways to help:_ You can make a contribution online towards my gear, food, lodging, etc. If you prefer to send a check, you can it to Zoe Romano, PO Box 1079, zip 04104-1079.

You can also choose to donate directly to the clubs online. Choose between the national organization (Boys & Girls Clubs of America), or the local Clubs of Southern Maine listed on the menu to the right.

If you’d like to send a check, please email me at zoeromano@gmail.com, or call me at 207.233.5292

I have received lots of help from so many generous people already, and I continue to meet more and more amazing people everyday. I want to stay connected with all of them, and my friends and family back home, so that’s why I’ve created this blog. Thank you for reading! : )

You can also follow “Zoe Goes Running” on Facebook, or check in for quick daily updates from @zoeromano on Twitter

Check out the PDF below to view all the information about the run, including info on the Boys and Girls Club, how to donate, the route, logistics, photos, and more.

Information Packet

Me on the left with my Dad and little sister Rosa up over the lagoon on Belle Isle last spring

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18 thoughts on “About Zoe’s Run”

  1. Hi Zoe.

    Greetings from Portland! I recently found out about the run you have planned (your father is a friend of mine and we sit on the Portland HP board together) and was amazed to hear about your upcoming adventure!! What a wonderful undertaking and for a great cause. I look forward to future posts.

    And as a former Charleston resident you know where my vote stands!

    Good luck!!

    Mike

    1. Hi Mike!
      Thank you so much for your comment, it especially means a lot to me to hear from someone who is not a friend or family. Not that I don’t appreciate those guys, haha, but you know, they don’t have a choice, they have to support me. How did you end up in Maine after Charleston?!?! I went there last year for a week and I just fell in love with the town, the people, the beaches, the houses. Everything is so pretty. To be honest, I was 100% planning on ending in VA Beach, but then I started thinking I would so much rather end in Charleston, bc VA Beach really is not so much to look at. My only dilemma is that I’d like to run the Blue Ridge Parkway. In any case, I will keep you updated when I chose the endpoint for certain.
      Could you do me a favor? Tell your friends about this? Word of mouth is really going to help so much with this project and getting others involved. Thank you so much, I appreciate it : )
      Take care,
      Zoe

  2. ZOE!!!!!

    How cool is it that you are doing this? If there is any way Portland High can help fundraise for you please let me know and I will do what I can.

    You’re nuts, and I mean that as a compliment.

    All the best,
    Shmizzle, your English teacher

    1. SHMIIITTTYY!
      How the heck are you lady?!!? Thank you so much for your comment, I can’t tell you how happy I was to get it : )
      I am so so excited about all of this, every day it’s like I get more and more positive feedback, and so many people have such great stories about the Boys and Girls Club. It would be awesome if you could help me out! My Dad and I have definitely been thinking of PHS and how they might be able to help us fundraise. My parents both never stop saying nice things about Mr. Johnson, and I am sure that they will contact him soon. And I will let you know as soon as we figure something out. The most helpful thing you can do now is just tell people about it! Word of mouth will help a tremendous amount throughout this project. And maybe you can grade/edit my blog posts? ; )
      Also – would you like to come run / bike some with me?! Brittany Foster is out in Arizona and I am definitely making her come run/bike next to me for a bit. And I am really hoping Erin Costello can join me too, she’s in NY and doing crazy stuff with the UN but hopefully I can pull her away for a bit next spring.
      OK, talk to you soon, I’ll keep you updated : )
      Have a good weekend!
      Zoe, your English student

      1. Erin Costello most definitely will join you. She happens to be writing her thesis then BUT she has finagled her schedule such that she has no other classes to take during that time. Translation, she doesn’t have to physically be in New York at any given time during the spring. I’ll run with you whenever/wherever you be. 🙂

        You know I’m there 100%.

  3. YO ZOE! when i was in p-town this summer word got out about your feet, PUN INTENDED! wow dude, that’s amazing! just wanna let you know that i’m going to school in claremont these days, about 30 miles from downtown LA and if your jog takes you my way you are so welcome to crash with me! you friggin go girl!

    1. Hey Ana!!!
      Thanks so much for your comment : ) I will definitely be in your hood, tho I am hoping that my parents and family will be out there for the start of the run, and that I get to stay in a hotel with them for the first few nights. Howevvver, we are working on throwing one hell of a send-off party in the departure city, so I would absolutely love it if you could come hang out and enjoy the festivities. I thought I was leaving from Palm Springs but I have actually changed that location, since I want to leave right from the coast, adn Palm Springs is inland. Where is Claremont?
      hope you are enjoyin the west coast : ) keep in touch!
      zoe

  4. Zooooooooooooooooeeeeeeeee!

    Hi stranger :o) I had the urge to write and say hello. And obviously to say i miss you and think what you are planning is AMAZING!! This is a perfect thing for you to do, considering it’s for a great cause and you are an awesome runner! I found out about your run via lovely facebook and enjoy checking out your blog. I hope you are well and if you are ever in beantown, let me know!!!

    Hus… molly!

    Ps. Remember our fun soccer days? I miss those

    1. Molly!!
      how are you ms desloge!!!! thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement — they mean so much to me : ) i do remember our soccer days and i miss them like crazy – this summer i played a lot of pick up with the kids who did may/june term at UR. it actually got pretty crazy, by the peak of it we had two full sided games going on, 45 people showing up to play. it was pretty awesome to see so many people come together to get their kicks in.
      i might be in beantown this winter before i leave, because im moving back to maine in a few weeks to spend time with the fam and focus on training before i leave. maybe we can get a hot cocoa : )
      hope you are well, send me some news when you can – zoeromano@gmail.com or through facebook, since ive figured out how to use it now haha

  5. Wow! This is amazing Zoe. I will definitely talk to my hospital I work at and see if we can sponser you and this incredible run. It will be fun to follow you on this run through your blogs. I wish you the best and good luck!

  6. WOW!!! What an amazing day! Thank you for sharing part of your journey with me…I will never forget our time together. Thank you for inspiring me to come along for some 27 miles…I enjoyed it. I am sitting on the couch, where I will stay, eating mexicn food and taking Advil. lol…Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Call me if you need a cow whisperer…You are an amazing girl!!!

  7. Zoe ..I admire what you are doing so dearly! The children at our Boys & Girls Club here in Lake Dallas outside Denton are soo excited to see you this Monday!! ..We here all wish you the best of luck! ..Coach Kevin

  8. To my old soccer friend,

    You are nuts – and awesome for it! Good good luck as you finish up your last half of your long run across country. If you’re ever up in Boston please do let me know!

    Miss our days in the dining hall and on the soccer fields.

    xox,
    Christie

  9. Dear, Dear, Dear Zoe – I recently recieved a lovely letter from your Mom, catching me up with you kids. What a fantastic adventure you have choosen to have! Since hearing of your trip I think of you everyday – where,what,who,etc. I always knew that you’d go far, I just didn’t know it would be like this! Just now I have sat down to read the whole story. Two words & two pictures in (OK – & 2 tears!) and I decided that first I had to send you a message: I Love you! Always have, always will. It was a pleasure watching you & your sisters & brother grow up, & wonderful (Pt1)

  10. (Pt2) to see now what great folks you’ve turned out to be. Not a surprise at all – just a true Joy. John & I hope that each day brings you a new happiness. Be Safe, be Confident, be Happy.

    Much Love,
    Nancy

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