Editor’s Choice: The World’s Most Determined (and Dominant) Marathoner

February 25, 2015
Cover19.2SMChris Lotsbom
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The most dominant force in marathoning right now isn’t a wiry Kenyan or Ethiopian. She hasn’t yet set a marathon world record, nor does she have a major shoe sponsor. As a matter of fact, her personal website lists two sponsors: Liberty Mutual Insurance and BP Oil. She not only specializes in the marathon but is also a world-class cross-country skier.

The most dominant force in the marathon is only 25 years old and hails from the town of Clarksville, Maryland (pop. 56,239), some 30 minutes west of Baltimore. She is younger than her American marathon counterparts, Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, and has excelled in sprinting events like the 100 meters and 400 meters, too.

She spends her time at rehabilitation hospitals, is always smiling for selfies, and has met some of the biggest names in sports and pop culture. Glance at her Twitter account and you’ll see pictures with hurdler Lolo Jones, former football star and motivational speaker Eric LeGrand, and marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto. On Instagram, she has selfies with Prince Harry, LeBron James, Michael Sam, and Richard Sherman. She has been nominated for an ESPY Award (Best Female Athlete With a Disability) and is a four-time Olympian.

Still trying to guess who this top marathon star is? Here are two more hints: she has won the World Marathon Majors grand slam for two straight years, and she goes by the nickname “Beast.”

The world’s best marathoner is Tatyana McFadden, the most consistent and successful push-rim wheelchair athlete in recent years.

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MEDTRONIC SEEKS RUNNERS WITH MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY FOR 2015 “GLOBAL HEROES” TEAM

March 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDTRONIC SEEKS RUNNERS WITH MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
FOR 2015 “GLOBAL HEROES” TEAM

TwinCities

DUBLIN – March 16, 2015 – Medtronic announced today that applications are open to runners around the world who benefit from medical technology to represent their country on the tenth Medtronic Global Heroes team. All runners with eligible medical devices are welcome to apply, regardless of device manufacturer.

In nine years, 209 runners representing 28 different countries and a myriad of disease conditions have run the beautiful course that winds through the lakes and neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to receive a paid entry for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and a travel package that includes airfare, accommodations and a host of VIP events for the Global Hero and a guest.

Global Heroes is a cooperative effort between Medtronic Philanthropy and Twin Cities In Motion, the organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile.

“In 10 years, this program has grown to be one of the more unique running experiences in the world,” says Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director, Twin Cities in Motion. ”From the moment you are greeted at the airport, to crossing the finish line with thousands of cheering spectators, the Global Heroes will have an event weekend like no other.”

“Global Heroes are truly remarkable people representing remarkable stories,” says Jacob Gayle, vice president of Medtronic Philanthropy. “As we honor them, we also create a platform for them to share those stories with the world, reaching others with similar conditions and circumstances, and hopefully encouraging them to take action with their health.”

“It’s been amazing to see how this program has evolved from a concept in 2006 into one of Medtronic’s most embraced global programs,” says Dr. Steve Oesterle, Medtronic senior vice president of medicine and technology, accomplished marathoner, and driving force behind Global Heroes. “Each Global Hero who crosses that finish line, represents thousands of others who have been given an opportunity to live a full life.”

The 2015 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend will take place October 2-4, 2015.

Applications and full information for the 2015 Medtronic Global Hero team are available at medtronic.com/globalheroes. The application deadline is May 1, 2015. To qualify as a Global Hero, runners must currently be treated with a medical device therapy to treat the following disease conditions: heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, spinal disorders, or neurological, gastroenterology and urological disorders.

Runners will be chosen by a committee of Twin Cities In Motion. Certain conditions may apply and applicants must certify that they have discussed race participation with their physician.

About Twin Cities in Motion
Twin Cities In Motion organizes the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon. With a mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, TCM contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $800,000 annually with its charity partners. Visit tcmevents.org for more information.

About Medtronic and Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic Philanthropy focuses on supporting health and health access initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.

Olympic Bronze Medalist and American Record Holder to Executive Produce First Ever Boston Marathon Film

January 20, 2015

BostonLos Angeles, CA — LA Roma Films, the Los Angeles and Rome based production company producing the feature length documentary film BOSTON, announced today that Olympic Bronze Medalist and American Record Holder Deena Kastor has joined the production as Executive Producer.

Directed by Jon Dunham, the award winning filmmaker of the critically acclaimed Spirit of the Marathon films, and produced by Academy Award nominee Megan Williams, BOSTON is the first feature film to be produced about the world’s oldest annually contested marathon.

“I am proud and exhilarated to join Jon and Megan in the production of BOSTON” said Kastor. “This movie is a great opportunity to showcase the historical significance of this race as well as the extraordinary impact it has on the lives of runners. I am motivated to bring the Boston Marathon to audiences in a way that inspires runners, creates runners, engages fans and makes all those involved in this race proud of what they’ve created.”

BOSTON will tell the rich story of the Boston Marathon from its beginning – directly inspired by the inaugural Modern Olympics’ advent of the marathon race – to the present day. The film will chronicle the growth, change, triumph and tragedy of the iconic race demonstrating how it has both reflected and catalyzed social change. Planned for release in 2016, the Boston Athletic Association granted LA Roma Films exclusive access to make the film.

“I am thrilled to be working with Deena on this historic film” said Dunham. “Our shared passion for the marathon, its history and positive effect on so many people’s lives makes this a wonderful collaboration.”

Dunham and Kastor previously worked together on Spirit of the Marathon (2008) the classic running film that has become a viewing ritual for runners around the globe in the days leading up to their next race.

Williams added, “Deena is a champion. She brings considerable talent and personal insight to BOSTON, this film about the most legendary road race in the world.”

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Editor’s Choice: Under Two Hours – and Beyond

January 5, 2015
Cover19.1SMIs the sub-2:00 marathon possible?
P. J. Christman
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The marathon: a magic distance and event, one that requires ambition, planning, determination, courage, persistence, stamina, and endurance, all traits the Greek messenger Pheidippides was required to possess for his clarion journey.

For it was Pheidippides’s feat of running from Marathon to exhaustion and death in Athens, in order to announce nothing more than victory, that inspired the subsequent formal Olympic event. At the end of the 19th century, a modern-day race was designed to commemorate the approximate 25-mile distance he was thought to have run.

We can thank King Edward VII of England for the event’s current 26.2-mile or 42.195-kilometer Olympic distance. For when His Majesty gave permission for the start of the 1908 Olympic Marathon to be upon the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, the race to finish with one lap inside London’s White City Stadium, the Olympic marathon distance was increased from 24.85 miles to its present distance.

These popular contests on foot are thought to be among the planet’s more testing endeavors. For those of all abilities up to the challenge, it takes somewhere between two and six hours to complete. Many fail to finish. Others end up hitting “the Wall” where glycogen has run out and the muscles can no longer sustain pedestrian movement of even the most awkward or staggering nature.

Of course there are other, arguably more difficult challenges such as climbing Mount Everest, swimming the English Channel, hiking across the Sahara Desert, biking the Tour de France, or completing Ironman triathlons. These endeavors create their own cachet through difficult requirements involving the overcoming of great mental and physical barriers.

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RAVEN Streak Run Celebrates 40-year Mark

December 29, 2014

RAVEN 1RAVEN is celebrating the 40-year mark of his streak run on December 31, 2014, right in the same place
he has been running for 40 years. Runners from all over are coming to join in this remarkable celebration to meet and run with RAVEN on the beach at 4pm at the 5th Street Lifeguard Station in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

Raven has the world’s record for running 8 miles every day for 40 years in hurricanes, storms, very high temperatures, and humidity! He is the only runner in the world who has run his entire streak on the sand and also in the same location. RAVEN is one of the only 8 runners in the world to have completed a 40-year streak run.

  • Raven has logged over 117,000 miles on the sands of South Beach—enough to circle the earth nearly 5 times.
  • More than 2200 runners ranging in age from 6 to 83, from more than 78 countries and at least 2 runners from every state in America, have completed at least one 8 mile run with Raven on South Beach.
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