September 17, 2017
"That feeling of not feeling sorry for yourself is something they’ve instilled in me from a young age."
Brenda Martinez is speedy on the track, but drives 'like an old lady'. The USA middle distance star and 2016 Rio Olympian shares some of her best bits of advice for on and off the...
April 05, 2017
For the fifth year, the 2016 Olympian aims to inspire high school runners at a summer camp she hosts in Big Bear, California: “I appreciate my life more because of them.”
By Heather Mayer Irvine, Runner's World
It was a phone call with her famed coach, Joe Vigil, that sparked the idea....
November 23, 2016
Coach Vigil bases a lot of his training off Sebastian Coe’s training. Back in the day, Coach Vigil didn’t know much about the Mile, so he went to the UK to learn about the Mile.
By Runner's Tribe
Runner’s Tribe recently caught up with 2016 Rio Olympian, 2013 World Championships 800m bronze...
October 22, 2016
“You are a shining example of what our community represents; you — and your parents — are to be commended for your contributions and reaching for your dreams.”
By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- Olympic athlete Brenda Martinez is often asked one question when...
August 04, 2016
"There’s more to life than just running. I’m starting to realize that more as I get older. Kids are looking up to me."
By Allan Steele, The Press Enterprise
The Brenda Martinez story is bigger than Brenda Martinez.
The 28-year-old former Rancho Cucamonga High and UC Riverside track star is...
July 26, 2016
"Ever since then we reached out to Dr. Vigil, and him just giving us a hand, we didn't take it for granted, and it just changed everything in how we view things."
By Jonathan Crowl, ThePostGame.com
You call Carlos Handler in the middle of the afternoon. He's happy to talk -- but he and his...
July 11, 2016
Women's 1500m top 3 strongest in U.S. Olympic team history; Blankenship, Andrews and Martinez celebrate first Olympic berths; Centrowitz breaks Steve Scott's Olympic Trials meet record.
By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated
Less than half a second separated the third and fourth place finishers...
July 06, 2016
“I’m not putting the blame on anyone. That’s how track is. We move on... I’m ready to bounce back.”
By Scott M. Reid, Orange County Register
EUGENE, Ore. – By the time Brenda Martinez sat down alone with a turkey sandwich and her four dogs Monday night in the house she and her husband/coach...
March 18, 2016
After Brenda Martinez qualified for Worlds last week by earning her first national title, she shared some optimism for the upcoming meet.
For the first time in 29 years, the U.S. will play host to the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships. Portland, Oregon will be the...
March 14, 2016
Martinez's first national title win in 4:08.37 was a breakthrough moment, a victory that validated her sacrifices to start her pro career and broke the spell of second place that stuck with her career since the 2009 NCAA championships.
By Andrew Greif, The Oregonian
The prevailing sentiment...
March 20, 2015
“If I’m there in the final Mile or even the final quarter than I will be really excited."
By Duncan Larkin, Competitor Magazine
It’s a given that runners—no matter their ability or age–have to be tough. Let’s face it: this beloved sport of ours is a demanding one that requires Herculean...
June 19, 2014
"Going after it” means taking risks, accepting the possibility of failure to see how great a success is possible.
By Parker Morse, IAAF.org
The 2013 season, in which she won bronze at 800m at the IAAF World Championships, made Brenda Martinez the most successful U.S. woman at that distance in...
March 25, 2014
World Championships bronze medalist hopes to make some noise at the Carlsbad 5000
By Jay Paris, Competitor.com
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Every runner has them and that includes the thousands taking to the streets on Sunday morning for the Carlsbad 5000.
That even goes for...
January 01, 2014
U.S. Milers winning medals and races, leading world lists and the best world-wide both genders combined
By David Monti, Race Results Weekly
At the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, the United States put in a dismal performance in the middle distance events. With the Stade de France...
December 03, 2013
2013 World Championships 800m bronze medalist and sub-4:25 Miler discusses post-collegiate career and working with legendary coach Joe Vigil
By Erin Strout for Running Times
A royal blue velvet box sits unassumingly on the coffee table. It's about the size of a postcard, and it's no different...
October 21, 2013
Mile legend Seb Coe would be one of her three perfect dinner guests
By SPIKES Magazine
Under the intense pressure of SPIKES’ super quick interview, we find out that the USA’s world 800m bronze medallist Brenda Martinez loves Amy Winehouse; could have been a police officer; and really fancies...
October 13, 2013
2013 World 800m bronze medalist signs autographs, poses for photos and hands out awards at Inland Empire Challenge cross country meet
By Allan Steele, PE Bloggers
DEVORE, Calif. — Brenda Martinez didn’t need her track shoes for a workout on Saturday. Instead, her workout consisted of signing...
October 03, 2013
The 2013 World Championships bronze medalist reveals her go-to workout, recovery meal and more; also "giving back" in abundance
By Courtney Baird, Competitor.com
Brenda Martinez may be a bright new star in the world of elite middle-distance racing, but she hasn’t let that get in the way of...
September 25, 2013
2013 will forever be the year that Martinez’ potential blossomed into track and field prominence.
By Kathy Portie, Big Bear Grizzly
Brenda Martinez was tired. The Big Bear resident, fresh off a bronze medal finish at the World Track & Field Championships, decided to call it a season and take...
September 21, 2013
"Athletics saved my life.”; "I belong here and know I can run with these girls."
By SPIKES Magazine
If you wanted to create a textbook to give to parents about why their kids should take up athletics, then pay attention to the story of Brenda Martinez.
From “humble beginnings” in the...
September 13, 2013
I just thought "I have to bleed for coach [Joe Vigil]. Just give it everything you have to the line, just don’t give up."
By Connie Aitcheson, Latina
At the recent IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Mexican-American Brenda Martinez became the first American woman to win a medal...
August 18, 2013
U.S. women finish third, fourth and sixth in 800 meter final in Moscow
By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
Brenda Martinez of Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800 at the outdoor World Track & Field Championships, using a late kick to finish...
August 14, 2013
Brenda Martinez has been coached by phone or email to become one of the best in the world in 800. Now she has a chance to win the first World Championship medal for a U.S. woman in the event.
By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
Brenda Martinez wasn't ready to give up her running career after...
July 19, 2013
Americans take 4 of the top 5 spots; 2013 USA 1500 champion Treniere Moser struggles and finishes last
MONACO – Reigning world champion Jenny Simpson of the U.S., who last year finished dead last in her semifinal heat of the Olympics, is officially back. She’s not just back,...
June 20, 2013
Former UC Riverside star who will compete at the USA Championships is blossoming into a force as a professional; working with renowned coach Joe Vigil
By Michelle Gardner, San Bernardino Sun
Brenda Martinez admits she was overwhelmed at all the decisions she had to make coming out of UC...
May 17, 2013
Five Riverside and San Bernardino County girls to be part of inaugural camp June 28-30 hosted by top U.S. Miler; "giving back in abundance"
On June 28-30 in Big Bear Lake, California, top U.S. Miler Brenda Martinez (right, PhotoRun) will host a high school girls altitude training camp. Last...
April 24, 2013
By Pat Price, Daily Relay
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...
April 19, 2013
By Allan Steele, The Press-Enterprise
WALNUT, Calif. — Anyone who doubted former UC Riverside All-American Brenda Martinez is starting to feel comfortable as a professional runner hasn’t been paying attention.
Martinez set a personal best and a meet record at the storied Mt. SAC Relays on...
April 14, 2013
By David Monti, Race Results Weekly
BOSTON – (April 14, 2013) – A chilly wind blew through Back Bay here this morning, but did little to deter Nick Willis and Brenda Martinez from winning their first B.A.A. Invitational Miles with powerful kick finishes. Their times were modest, 4:03.3 and...
April 05, 2013
Nick Willis (NZL) and Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) are top contenders; $14,500 prize purse at stake in the event, held on Sunday, April 14
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that an international field of elite athletes will compete in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile to...
December 26, 2012
She won some big races in 2012, but also performed poorly at the Olympic Trials.
By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World
For Brenda Martinez, 2012’s highlights included a 4:26.76 victory at the Falmouth Mile (world's fastest female Miler in 2012 on the track); a win at the U.S. Open Mile at...
September 22, 2012
At 32nd edition, more than 5,400 finishers in age group heats race the iconic distance down the famed thoroughfare
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire
NEW YORK – (September 22, 2012) – For years, Bernard Lagat has dominated Mile races on the indoor track of New York City, his eight consecutive...
August 11, 2012
Martinez and Anderson run #1 and #2 fastest women’s Mile times of the year
Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire
FALMOUTH, Mass. – (August 11, 2012) – Last year’s Falmouth Mile, a track precursor to the larger, older 7-mile road race, proved to be one of the deepest ever run on American soil, with the...
May 31, 2012
Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, sits down with 2012 U.S. Open Mile Champion and 4:32.29 Miler, Brenda Martinez, coached by the legendary Joe Vigil. A UC Riverside grad, Martinez is a three-time NCAA All-American. The interview is hosted by Duncan Larkin with the...