Portland High grad gets key to the city | News
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A young woman from Portland received a key to the city Friday for a remarkable accomplishment.
Zoe Romano took a ceremonial run downtown to celebrate her status as the first woman to make an unsupported transcontinental run. Friday, June 3 has been named Zoe Goes Running Day in the city of Portland. Romano ran from Huntington Beach, California to Charleston, South Carolina without any formal help. Her parents did call ahead to local police and other organizations to make sure she was safe along the way.
Romano made the 3,000 mile journey to raise awareness and money for the Boys and Girls Clubs. The organization's Portland location is right across the street from Portland High, the school she graduated from in 2005.
Romano said, "I believe in what I did run-wise was the best adventure I ever had, but I think what I learned was the run might be over, but the promoting the club and raising awareness, I think, that's going to be a life-long thing for me."
Romano hopes to write a book about her experience, and she is still taking donations on her website. She's raised $13,000 so far. Click here to see the interview the Morning Report did with Romano.