Global Heroes

Global Heroes

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN USA
October 7–9, 2016



What is a Global Hero?

A Global Hero is a runner. An inspiration. A person whose life has been improved by medical technology.

Award Overview

Global Heroes receive:

  • One Global Hero entry for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile race
  • One complimentary guest entry for the same race as participating Global Hero
  • Airfare to Minneapolis/St. Paul for the Global Hero and one guest
  • Lodging: one room, double occupancy
  • Meal allowance for the Global Hero winner
  • An array of benefits and gifts, including reserved seating in the Finish Zone for the Global Hero's family and friends, designated Global Heroes race bib, apparel, and an invitation to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Global Heroes reception.
Global Heroes Guidelines

The Medtronic Foundation will recognize up to 25 Global Heroes each year. Runners must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply.

Runners must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have previously run similar distances — after receiving therapy or undergoing procedure — to the race to which he/she is applying (i.e. a 10 mile race or marathon). No first-time or beginning runners.
  • Certify they have consulted with a physician who deems the runner medically fit to participate in the race.
  • Have a medical device, therapy or procedure to treat heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic pain, spinal or neurological disorders, gastrointestinal and urological disorders, obesity and cancer.
  • Medtronic employees and direct family members are not eligible to participate as Global Heroes

Eligible medical devices include (but are not limited to):

  • Any pacemaker* or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)*
  • Any spinal device
  • Any neurological device
  • Any insulin pump
  • Any heart valve*
  • Any coronary or thoracic stent

*Runner cannot have concurrent untreated coronary artery disease

Ineligible medical devices/disease states include:

  • Abdominal aortic stent grafts
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)
  • Previously documented untreated coronary artery disease

All runners with eligible medical devices are welcome to apply with no restriction on manufacturer. Previous Global Hero recipients, Medtronic and Twin Cities in Motion employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Runners will be chosen by a committee of the Medtronic Foundation and Twin Cities in Motion. Recipients will be chosen on a variety of factors including: geography, disease condition, reason for participation, running ability and entry story.