Celebrating global athletes who are defined by their spirit, not their health conditions.
Endurance activities like running are never meant to be easy. They’re even harder when something in the body is a potential barrier to participation. Medtronic Global Champions are athletes who have overcome medical conditions and have returned to an active life with the help of medical technology or solutions. With grit and determination, they’re ready to show the world that life with a medical device or procedure won’t stand in their way of pursuing their goals and passions.
If you are a runner and have overcome medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, neurological disorders, obesity, or gastrointestinal and urological disorders and have returned to an active life with the help of medical technology or solutions, inspire others and share your story. Apply to be on the 2017 Medtronic Global Champions team.
If you’re selected, you and your guest-running partner will receive complimentary race entry, air transportation, meals, and lodging for the 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile races in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota on October 1, 2017. Twenty runners who use an eligible medical device, or have had a medical procedure or therapy, will be selected for this year’s team, including 10 ten-mile runners and 10 marathon runners.
The program is open to individuals over 18 using an approved medical device, procedure, or therapy who have prior experience completing a 10 mile, half marathon or full marathon with current medical condition. Refer to the program guidelines to see if you're eligible.