Medtronic Global Heroes
Running Strong for Ten Years
Every year since 2006, Medtronic has searched the globe to find members for our Global Heroes team, a group of long-distance runners all benefiting from medical technology. These “running ambassadors” represent their country and medical condition in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile race, which are held each October in Minnesota in the United States.
These extraordinary runners have conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes and chronic pain to spinal, neurological, gastroenterological and urological disorders. While their stories, running abilities and languages may vary, each brings inspiration to the starting line. By sharing and celebrating these stories of “full life” with millions of people all over the world, they motivate others to take action.
In nine years, 209 runners have run the beautiful course that winds through the lakes and neighbourhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They’ve represented 28 different countries, a myriad of health conditions, and various device manufacturers (you don’t need to have received a Medtronic treatment to be eligible).
Each member of the Global Heroes team receives paid entry for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and a travel package that includes airfare, accommodation and a host of VIP events.
If you are interested in the 2016 Medtronic Global Heroes team, sign up to be notified when applications are opened.
Global Hero Flashback
October 2012: Lance Purdon, Harrison, Australia
Lance Purdon is not one to say "poor me," and he's certainly not one to let a pacemaker keep him from getting what he wants. Diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and implanted with a pacemaker in 2003, Lance began running to fuel his competitive nature. Four years later, running became a way to spend time with his then girlfriend, and now wife, an avid triathlete. In fact, their first date was an 8 km (5 mile) run together.
Now a member of the Royal Australian Air Force as well as several running and triathlon clubs, Lance has completed five marathons, two Ironman triathlons and a number of other distance races. He says you can choose to be sedentary or you can enjoy all life has to offer. He says he is inspired by those less fortunate, and when he runs he does it for those who can't.
Lance wants others with pacemakers to know that life is not over. While his pacemaker has limited him from doing some of the things he enjoyed, it has helped him discover others like running, volunteering and motivational speaking: things that not only have changed his life, but inspired others.