Thousands have climbed Mount Everest. Hundreds have run across the United States. But no one has ever run the route of the Tour de France. Beginning May 18th, Zoë Romano will attempt to make history by being the first person to accomplish this daunting feat...

She’s doing it to save the lives of critically ill children through World Pediatric Project.

Heal a child,
change the world.

About the Run

Total Milage 2,000 Elevation Change (in feet) 100,000+ Average Miles Per Day 30 Total Time Running 9 Weeks Miles Completed 2,022

Zoë Needs 1,000 people on her team

Current Members 453 / 1,000
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Total Amount Raised


Her goal of $150,000 will help save the lives of hundreds of children

Zoë is setting out to prove that anything is possible. She’ll start six weeks ahead of the peloton, arriving the day before them in Paris and then completing the tour in Corsica. To accomplish this task in nine weeks, she’ll run an average of 30 miles per day…that’s more than a marathon!

Zoë’s efforts will support World Pediatric Project (WPP), an international humanitarian organization that provides access to surgical and diagnostic medical care for children in Central America and the Caribbean.

“Running makes me feel like a kid again,” she says. “I hope that my running challenge will draw more attention to the mission of WPP and give these kids a chance to enjoy their childhood.”

Together with filmmaker Alexander Kreher documenting her journey, she hopes to raise significant funds and awareness to benefit WPP and the thousands of children who are waiting for life-saving and life-changing care.

Be part of history and help Zoë reach her NEW goal of $150,000. Thanks to the recent outpouring of generosity, she is increasing her goal to send two additional pediatric teams (six in total) to WPP’s partner countries on week-long diagnostic and surgical missions as well as bring four children to the U.S. for more complex care.

From Zoë's Blog

1. Why the Tour de France run now? 2. Why the US run then?

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Zoë Romano

Zoë Romano is a runner and writer. A native of Portland, Maine, Zoë now trains and resides in Richmond, Virginia. In 2011 she ran 2,867 miles across the US, alone, becoming the first female to ever complete such a trek without a support vehicle and raising over $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She has spoken at various youth-based events, been a guest of sports podcasts and radio shows, and is eager to hit the road again.

Zoë first fell in love with running while a student at the University of Richmond, from where she graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and International Studies. She currently writes an outdoor column for Ditch Magazine and tutors Spanish in Richmond, VA. On March 22nd, 2013 Zoë was a featured speaker at TEDxRVA.

Alexander Kreher

Alexander Kreher, a native of Germany, is a photographer and filmmaker who currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. He has won multiple awards for his film and photo projects, including the “Best Student Multimedia” award at the prestigious New York Photo Awards for his film about Zoe Romano’s solo run across the USA in 2011. He works primarily in documentary photography and film, and delves deeply in his subjects’ lives, developing a style which seeks to understand eccentric personalities holistically, rather than just displaying them one-dimensionally.

He has worked for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maine Today, and local production company The Branching. He studied Digital Media and Print Design in Germany, won a scholarship to study at the renowned Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, ME, in 2012, and is now enrolled in the film program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization founded and based in Richmond, Virginia, that provides surgical and diagnostic care to Central American and Caribbean children while creating and implementing programs to heal the children of tomorrow. This mission is accomplished by mobilizing hospitals and teams of generous pediatric specialists, who volunteer their time and expertise to help thousands of children who need critical care, yet have no access to it in their home countries.

With the volunteer help of these dedicated doctors and nurses, World Pediatric Project brings children to partner hospitals in the U.S. and sends pediatric diagnostic and surgical teams to developing countries. Thousands of children have received direct services since 2001. For more information please visit