Zoë Romano is a world-class ultra-runner, speaker, and writer. In 2013 she set a world record as the only person to ever run the entire 2,000 mile long Tour de France course. The Tour is the world's hardest cycling event, but many consider it to be the most grueling endurance event of any discipline. It was originally envisioned as having only one finisher. Not one winner, one singular finisher. Zoë read all that and thought, well shucks, if these men can do the course on two wheels, certainly I could have some fun trying to do it on two feet.
She finished in 70 days and raised $200K for a youth non-profit. The run included a thirty-mile daily average, 100,000 feet of elevation gain, and, for funsies, a 90-mile, 24-hour finale.
Zoë has also run alone across the US, and is the first female to have done so unsupported. She pushed her gear in a baby stroller, raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and hung out with a lot of cattle ranchers. She also happened to run through a disastrous stretch of wildfires in Texas before hitting the Southeast's deadliest tornado season in 50 years.
She's currently cooking up her next masochistic adventure while studying in a graduate program for creative writing. After so much physical labor, she decided it was time to put her creative intellect through the same rigor. She regularly presents keynotes to Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, community groups, and at idea festivals. She's also a TEDx speaker, coach, and contributor to various running media, and can be contacted for speaking and/or writing inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography courtesy of Alexander Kreher.