About Brenda

Brenda Martinez
Brenda MartinezProfessional Runner
Brenda Martinez (born September 8, 1987) is an American track and field athlete, specializing in middle distance races. She won a bronze medal in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, 2013.[1] She also represented the USA at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in the 1500 meters.

Career highlights

The world championships medalist took a self-made path to pro running, and it wasn’t what she dreamed of after college. Now, she wouldn’t have it any other way. A royal blue velvet box sits unassumingly on the coffee table. It’s about the size of a postcard, and it’s no different than a coaster, coffee mug or magazine that ends up in the living room’s central location. The coffee table is, of course, where things end up that don’t have any other place to go. Inside that box is something no other American woman has ever owned, until now. Read more!
Birthday: 09/08/87
800m: 1:57.91
Mile PR: 4:24.2 (road) – 2012
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:00.94 – 2013
High School: Rancho Cucamonga HS
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
College: UC Riverside ’10
Current Residence: Big Bear, CA
USA Championships
2013 USA Outdoor runner-up (1:58.78)
2012 USA Indoor runner-up (4:15.11)

International Championships
2013 World Outdoor 800m bronze medalist (1:57.91)

Collegiate Championships
2009 NCAA Outdoor 1,500m runner-up (4:13.97)

Awards and Honors
Three-time NCAA All-American

Earned All-American honors after finishing seventh in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 14, 2009 … Earned All-American honors after finishing second in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 13, 2009 … Won the 2009 NCAA West Regional in the 1500m … Has three NCAA Outdoor West Region appearances (2007, 2008, 2009), two NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance (2008, 2009), and one NCAA Indoor Championship appearance (2009) … Named All-West Region in 2008 …

Big West
Named 2009 Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year … Earned All-Conference honors in 2009, 2008, and 2007 … Named 2007 Big West Women’s Track & Field Freshman of the Year … Has earned seven Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week awards (March 14 and 28, 2007; March 11, April 9 and 23, 2008; April 22 and May 6, 2009) … Owns the Big West record in the 800m and 1500m events … Won the Big West Championship in the 1500m in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the 800m in 2008 and 2009 …

UC Riverside
Owns outdoor UCR school records in the women’s 800m (2:00.85), 1,500m (4:09.52), and 5,000m (16:27.51) events … Was a member of UCR’s outdoor distance medley relay that holds the record for fastest time in the history of the program with an 11:13.72 … Owns indoor school records in the mile (4:39.58) and 3,000m (9:17.60) races … Was a member of UCR’s indoor distance medley relay that holds the school record with a time of 11:29.34 … Named UC Riverside Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 …

High School
Was a four-year letter winner in track and cross country at Rancho Cucamonga HS under Coach Carlton Austen . . . School record holder in the 1,600 (4:55), 800 (2:16), two mile (11:12), three mile (17:28) . . . Ran with the West Coast Gazelle Track Club . . .

Welcome back to 5 Questions, where we will pick the brains of people from all areas of the running scene. Today, we were lucky enough to catch up with Brenda Martinez. Follow Brenda on Twitter @bmartrun and check out her website for more information on her whereabouts at GoBrendaMartinez.com

5 Questions with Brenda Martinez

1. Daily Relay: You had a busy few weeks before Mt. Sac, placing as the top American at the Carlsbad 5000 and winning the BAA Invitational Mile. What did you take away from these two races? What was the scene in Boston like from your perspective?

Brenda Martinez: These two races were great for me. Carlsbad was a great opportunity for me to test my strength as the over-distance events are still so foreign to me. I’m excited to know what I can do in the future in the 5k. I have been having lots of fun with road races. With these two races I just came in thinking I was just going to have fun and compete.

What happened in Boston was very unfortunate and sad. I was not in Boston that morning. I flew back home a few hours after my race on Sunday. I found out about it the next morning and I was in complete shock. Read More!