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 2013: Siobhan Monaghan, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Siobhan Monaghan was very active growing up, running and cycling. Yet, just before her wedding in 1992, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Mentally, it motivated her to embrace life and see beyond her challenges, but physically it sapped her energy.
Siobhan spent years working hard to better control her diabetes. She returned to running and even conquered three marathons, but she still felt her quality of life was being negatively affected by diabetes. It wasn't until 2009 that Siobhan, now a mother of four, opted for insulin pump therapy. She says it changed her life, giving her the energy and confidence she needed to pursue her goals.
She now uses that energy to educate and motivate others as a diabetes specialist dietician and endurance runner. She has since run eight marathons, many of them to help raise money for diabetes research. Siobhan says running gives back more than it takes.
Siobhan encourages others with diabetes to pursue their goals and never give up. Her motto is now: "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."