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(GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --Twenty Runners Representing 13 Countries to Participate in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend This October
DUBLIN - July 31, 2018 - This October, 20 runners from 13 different countries around the world will come to Minnesota to participate in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. Each of these remarkable individuals will bring with them a story of triumph over adversity, as they all have overcome or actively manage serious health conditions with the aid of medical technology. These conditions include lung cancer, lymphoma, heart arrythmias, type 1 diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, Parkinson's Disease, and obesity, among others.
The annual Medtronic Global Champions program recognizes outstanding individuals who refuse to be defined by their medical conditions. This year's team includes participants ranging in ages 20 to 66, and who were selected from a pool of more than 450 global applicants. Runners hail from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, Ireland, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States.
"Medtronic is thrilled to announce the 2018 Medtronic Global Champions, an extraordinary and diverse group that we hope will inspire others who may be struggling with their own medical conditions," said Rob Clark, vice president of Global Communications and Corporate Marketing at Medtronic. "These individuals offer proof that a medical difficulty does not mean the end of an active lifestyle. On the contrary, they offer a testament that great things are still possible."
The 2018 Medtronic Global Champions are:
Each year, the Medtronic Global Champions team is selected through a cooperative effort between Medtronic and Twin Cities In Motion, the nonprofit organization that operates the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The races begin in Minneapolis and finish near the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. All participants must have a qualified and medically cleared running partner that accompanies them while racing.
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 mile races will take place on October 7, 2018. To learn more about the 2018 Medtronic Global Champions team, visit medtronic.com/GlobalChampions or the Medtronic Global Champions Facebook page.
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