March 17, 2015




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 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 for more information.

About Medtronic and Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic plc (, 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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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.

Circle of Hope helps Breast Cancer Patients

June 23, 2014

Duluth UV Postcard (2)This past weekend at the Grandma’s Marathon, we met Peggy Anderson with Circle of Hope. Circle of Hope is a breast cancer non-profit organization located in Duluth, MN.

Circle of Hope is having a fundraiser called the UV Splash Color Dash on September 13, 2014, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN. This organization is raising money to help breast cancer patients in northern MN and northern Wisconsin with daily living expenses as they go through treatment. For many of the patients who have breast cancer and go through the treatments, it is hard to pay the bills in many cases. Click here for race details.

Circle of Hope has helped breast cancer patients by raising $109,000.00 in three years. This money has helped by paying providers of the patients who are struggling financially.

Go to the Circle of Hope website to learn more about this organization. For more information about how you can join the Circle of Hope “team,” contact Peggy at

Grandma’s Marathon – 15th Annual M&B Dinner

June 16, 2014

BeardsleyThis year marks the 15th year that M&B has hosted the Grandma’s Marathon post-race dinner & celebration for subscribers and their families. After the race on Saturday evening, we invite you, our loyal readers of Marathon & Beyond magazine, to celebrate your success at our annual Grandma’s Marathon Post-race Dinner & Celebration.

The complimentary buffet dinner is Saturday, June 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Lake Superior/Michigan Ballroom, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 200 West First Street in Duluth.

Join M&B publisher Jan Seeley and other Marathon & Beyond staff and friends for a fun gathering after Grandma’s Marathon. Special guests this year include ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich and Grandma’s Marathon course record holder, Dick Beardsley.

“We are planning a great time to share experiences, tell stories, and enjoy the accomplishments of all our subscribers who run the half and full marathons,” says Jan Seeley, publisher of M&B.

Admission to the party is free to subscribers and their families and friends. It includes delicious food, soda, and juice, along with a cash bar. There will be raffle prizes and specials on M&B merchandise.

An RSVP is absolutely required to attend. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. To confirm your place at the celebration, call or email the M&B office by June 16. The phone number is (217) 359-9345 or email:

The post-race dinner & celebration is part of the overall support that Marathon & Beyond is providing as a contributing sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon.

Ultrarunner Marshall Ulrich will be one of the all-star guest speakers during the expo. Marshall will also be joining us at the Marathon & Beyond booth at the expo. Marshall will be available to take pictures and sign his book Running on Empty: An Ultrarunner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America, a chronicle of his epic 3,063-mile run.
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