Friday, May 27, 2011


I got this note from Medtronic Global Heroes:

Dear Alex May,
Thank you for applying for the 2011 Medtronic Global Heroes program.  On behalf of Twin Cities In Motion and the Medtronic Foundation, it is our pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as an alternate for the 2011 Medtronic Global Heroes program.
We received many remarkable stories of runners who are managing a chronic disease while continuing to lead an active running lifestyle, and your story certainly stood out among the more than 150 applications from around the world.
A committee from Twin Cities In Motion carefully reviewed all applications, balancing a selection of 25 women and men who represent a variety of conditions, medical devices, hometowns and preference for either the marathon or 10 Mile race.
As an alternate, you would be able to run your designated race on October 2, 2011 should a 2011 Global Hero withdraw from the event.  If you do not hear from us, we will follow up with you by August 15, 2011 to confirm that no openings have become available for alternates.
We hope you will consider this opportunity and let us know if you would like to participate.  
Congratulations on your many achievements.  And many happy miles ahead!

So, I might be running the Twin Cities Marathon in October as a representative for people with Diabetes using an insulin pump.  And I might not.  I am honored to have been selected as an alternate.  Thanks to all of you who are rooting for me.


  1. Congrats! I hope you get a spot to run.

  2. You certainly deserve to get in and be able to run in Minnesota, so I hope it happens! (In a benevolent way if someone else can't run, of course, not in a Monkey's Paw sort of way)

  3. Congratulations, my son. I have always been so proud of you. It is about time you got broader recognition for your strong heart and will.