But not entirely. Not scarily so. Several individuals, companies, and organizations have lent financial or logistical support to Romano's endeavor, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Olympia Sports, and Rufus Deering Lumber. More than $6000 has been raised through fundraisers. Thanks to DeLorme, the Yarmouth-based mapping-technology company, Romano is armed with an Earthmate GPS with SPOT satellite capabilities; the state-of-the-art gadget is loaded with topographical maps, tracking software that links to Google Maps and allows users to post their progress online and at social-networking sites, and satellite communication coverage that works even where cell phones don't. There's also an emergency SOS button, which offers her parents some peace of mind.

Plus, the donated handheld GPS makes it that much easier to follow Romano's journey at zoegoesrunning.wordpress.com.

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