|Medtronic Announces Inaugural 2017 Global Champions Team|
Athletes from Five Continents Benefitting from Medical Technology Will
DUBLIN - September 14, 2017 - Long distance running is never easy. But for twenty long-distance runners participating in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, just toeing the starting line is a remarkable achievement. This unique collection of athletes who benefit from medical technology will be honored as the 2017 "Medtronic Global Champions" during Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017.
This year's team includes runners from five continents and 13 different countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. Each runner has benefited from medical technology to treat conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders.
"Medtronic Global Champions personify perseverance and resilience. They are passionate and empowered individuals who not only proactively manage their own health needs, but serve as an inspiration to all, demonstrating that a medical condition does not mean an end to an active lifestyle," said Rob Clark, Medtronic vice president of Global Communications and Corporate Marketing.
The health conditions managed by the Global Champions athletes include heart disease (such as bradycardia and valve disorders), diabetes, gastroparesis, obesity, Parkinson's disease and stroke. Their ages range from 22 to 60. On October 1, ten Global Champions will run in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and ten will run the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race. The races begin in Minneapolis and finish near the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The 2017 Medtronic Global Champions are:
Ernesto Luis Espinola Espinosa - Tamaulipas, Mexico
Shawne Flaherty - Edmonton, Alberta
Fridleifur Fridleifsson - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Marcello Grussu - Oristano, Italy
Bruno Helman - São Paulo, Brazil
Lucy Lim - Perak, Malaysia
Samantha Lloyd - Cranbrook, Kent, United Kingdom
Kevin Schmuckal - Havertown, Pennsylvania
Jen York - West Saint Paul, Minnesota
10 MILE PARTICIPANTS
Karin Knauer - Vastra Gotalands Ian, Sweden
Torie Miele - Havertown, Pennsylvania
Vincent Myers - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Stefy Marlien Alfrien Rompas - North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Julia Snigorska - Opolskie, Poland
Tiffany Sorber - Wake Forest, North Carolina
Rob Steinberg - Scottsdale, Arizona
Jose Luis Morales Urbina - Estado De Mexico, Mexico
Xin Xiong - Chengdu City, China
Medtronic Global Champions participants are selected through a cooperative effort between Medtronic and Twin Cities In Motion, the nonprofit organization that operates the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
Additional information about the 2017 Medtronic Global Champions team can be found at http://www.medtronic.com/us-en/about/global-champions/meet-the-champions.html, or visit the Medtronic Global Champions Facebook page.
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