Salazar Named Honarary Captain of Medtronic Global Heroes

07/14/2008 - 12:22

July 14, 2008 from press release (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)­ The Medtronic Foundation and Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., today announced former Olympian and marathon world record holder Alberto Salazar will serve as the honorary captain of the 2008 Medtronic Global Heroes and will run in the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Salazar will lead a group of 25 Global Heroes ­ long-distance runners who benefit from medical technology ­ who are preparing to run either the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Salazar had a Medtronic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted following sudden cardiac arrest in 2007.

In its third year, the Medtronic Global Heroes program celebrates the accomplishments of runners who enjoy the benefits of medical devices to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain, or neurological disorders, and whose continued passion for running serves as an inspiration to others. Salazar and Medtronic Global Heroes share the same goal ­ helping runners assisted by medical technology understand that it is possible to continue to run, pursue personal goals and lead full, active lives.

"We are thrilled to have a runner of Alberto Salazar's caliber captaining this year's Global Heroes," said Dr. Stephen Oesterle, senior vice president of medicine and technology at Medtronic. "His continued commitment to the sport serves as an inspiration to runners around the world, and especially to runners diagnosed with chronic medical conditions."

An accomplished runner, Salazar competed in the 1984 Olympics and won three consecutive New York City marathons and the Boston Marathon in 1982. A former world-record holder (2:08:13), Salazar now trains elite American runners as coach of Nike's Oregon Project.

About Global Heroes
Global Heroes is a first-of-its-kind program that brings runners from around the world with medical devices to Minnesota to run in Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon events. Global Heroes benefit from medical device therapies that treat chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain or neurological disorders. All runners with medical devices are welcome to apply; complete information is available at

About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Known as the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is a three-day weekend celebration of fitness that includes the Medtronic TC Family Events and TC 5K, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, and the marathon. Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is the non-profit organization that directs race weekend as a community service for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Visit for more information.

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology ­ alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world. The Medtronic Foundation is committed to improving the health of people and communities. Its grant making is focused in three areas: health, education and community.

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