Saturday, April 16, 2011

Global Heroes

I submitted my application a couple days ago for the Medtronic Global Heroes program. Global Heroes is a program through Medtronic (the makers of my insulin pump) and the Twin Cities Marathon that selects and brings together runners from around the world that benefit from medical technology like a pacemaker, a spinal device, a neurological device, or an insulin pump to run the Twin Cities Marathon and provide some inspiration and hope for others with medical conditions. The 25 runners selected, get travel, accommodations and race entry for the October 2 race in Minneapolis/St. Paul. If I am selected, Medtronic will also donate $1000 to the patient organization of my choice. My donation would go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to assist with their work to "prevent, better treat and ultimately cure Type 1 Diabetes".

This is my third year applying to the Global Heroes program. Selection is based on a couple of questions in an online application. The announcement of who is chosen will happen in the next couple months. I'll let you know what happens.


  1. Can we email them to lobby to help your chances? Good luck!

  2. You'd be a shoe-in if they knew you like we do, Alex. Best of luck. A buddy of mine has run Twin Cities, he says it's a great marathon.

  3. Good luck, Alex. Medtronic is a big customer of ours. I am really impressed with them--they are a great company that really cares.