Richmond woman runs Tour de France — for charity

Posted on: 8:55 pm, July 20, 2013, by , updated on: 03:11pm, July 21, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — In 2011, Zoe Romano was the first female to run across the U.S. unsupported and in doing so raised $17,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. This year Romano, 26, decided to top that feat and committed to running the 2,000 mile route of the Tour de France within nine weeks. She isn’t running for the exercise, though.

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  • Romano has had tons of beautiful scenery to admire on her way.

  • Scenery from Romano's 2000 mile long trek.

  • Romano has faced treacherous terrain in her journey.

  • Romano bundles up while climbing through the Alps.

  • Zoe has had tons of encouragement behind her on her adventure.

  • Romano has had tons of beautiful scenery to admire on her way.

  • Romano conquers winding roads through the Alps.

  • Zoe celebrates her victory.

  • Romano has had tons of beautiful scenery to admire on her way.

  • More treacherous terrain that Romano has had to overcome.

  • Romano has had tons of beautiful scenery to admire on her way.

  • Zoe passed by this field of flowers and had to stop to admire.

  • Zoe takes a break.

  • Romano has seen many sights among France, including the Palace of Versailles.

  • Romano appears small against the vast background of the Alps.

  • Romano shows her pride in having crossed the Alps - on feet.

  • Zoe has met friends along the way who have helped her stay motivated.

  • Romano stretches before continuing running.

Romano’s goal is to raise funds for the World Pediatric Project (WPP). WPP is a non-profit dedicated to providing better medical care for children in Central America and the Caribbean.

Today, Romano runs into Paris. She is two weeks out from the end of her journey and has raised $135,000 of her $150,000 goal so far.

To follow along with the remainder of Romano’s adventure, follow her blog: http://zoegoesrunning.wordpress.com/