Celebrating global athletes who are defined by their spirit, not their health conditions.
The submission deadline for the 2018 program has closed.
The Medtronic Global Champions™ program recognizes athletes from around the world who have persevered through life-changing medical conditions and have returned to active life with the help of medical technology and solutions. The individuals in this program will serve as an inspiration to all who face health challenges and demonstrate that, with a medical device and quality healthcare, you can continue with an active and fulfilling life.
In 2018, 20 people —10 ten-mile and 10 marathon participants — will be selected for the Global Champions team. Finalists will be selected through a cooperative effort between Twin Cities in Motion, the organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, and Medtronic. Global Champions and their guest-running partners will receive complimentary race entry, air transportation, meals and lodging for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile races in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
Both events take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Global Champions will arrive on Thursday, Oct. 4 and depart on Monday, Oct. 8.
Known as “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,” the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend is a three-day celebration of fitness that includes the Medtronic TC Family Events, TC 5K, TC 10K, Medtronic TC 10 Mile, and the marathon. Visit tcmevents.org for more information.
During the weekend, the Global Champions team will have the opportunity to participate in a number of Medtronic and Twin Cities Marathon hospitality and celebratory events.
See Medtronic Global Champions official rules for details.
No. We welcome applications from runners across the globe.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Athletes with eligible devices or conditions must consult with a physician, who must deem them medically fit to participate in the race. You will need to provide documentation of medical clearance upon request from the Sponsor.
No. Medtronic and Twin Cities in Motion employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
At this time, to give others the opportunity to participate, previous Global Heroes or former Global Champions are not eligible to apply.
Applications will be accepted through April 27, 2018.
Please contact us via email.