Brenda Martinez

Birthday: 09/08/87 Mile PR: 4:19.6 (road) - 2014
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

Personal Website: www.gobrendamartinez.com

Brenda Martinez earned the bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at 800 meters in Moscow (and a personal record 1:57.91); the first American female to medal at outdoor WC's 800. At the inaugural IAAF World Relays 2014 hosted by the Bahamas in late May, she anchored the women's 4x800 to a gold medal and U.S. record (8:01.58) and also was a member of the 4x1500 silver medal team.

In 2013, Brenda won the 2013 B.A.A. Invitational Mile in 4:51.4 on the streets of downtown Boston the day before the storied Boston Marathon. She was also a member of the U.S. record setting 4x800m team at the 2013 Penn Relays; the team collectively smashed the old mark by 13 seconds with their 8:04.31.

In 2012, Brenda was the USA Indoor Championships 1500 meter runner-up in addition to winning the U.S. Open Mile indoors at Madison Square Garden. She also won titles at the 5th Avenue Mile (4:24.2 road PR) and the Falmouth Mile (4:26.76, fastest female Miler in 2012 on the track).

Brenda was 1500 meters runner-up at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Martinez, who was a three-time NCAA All-American for UC Riverside in California, works with legendary coach Joe Vigil.

FUN FACT: In the summer, Brenda gives back "in abundance" and hosts a running camp for local girls at Big Bear Lake

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News

Martinez Unafraid to ‘Go After It’

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...

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Brenda Martinez Making Strides On & Off the Track

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...

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Big Turnaround for U.S. Middle Distance Running

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...

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Brenda Martinez’s Solo Act

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...

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Brenda Martinez takes the world’s fastest interview

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...

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Martinez giving back to running community

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...

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My Favorite Things: Brenda Martinez

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...

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Martinez’s rise, shining season

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...

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A life spent running: Brenda Martinez

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...

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner Brenda Martinez

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...

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Brenda Martinez gets historic 800 bronze at World Championships

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...

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A middle-distance relationship

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...

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Simpson Earns First Diamond League Victory of Her Career – Wins Monaco 1500

July 19, 2013

Americans take 4 of the top 5 spots; 2013 USA 1500 champion Treniere Moser struggles and finishes last

By LetsRun.com

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,...

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Brenda Martinez Getting on the Right Track

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...

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Brenda Martinez to Host Big Bear Altitude Training Camp

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...

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5 Questions with Brenda Martinez

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...

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Former UCR Standout Sets Mt. SAC Record

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...

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Willis, Martinez Kick to B.A.A. Invitational Mile Wins

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...

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Olympic Games, World Championships Medalists Highlight B.A.A. Invitational Mile Field

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...

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Top Miler Brenda Martinez Wants More Consistency in 2013

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...

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Centrowitz, Martinez Cap Year with Fifth Avenue Mile Titles

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...

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Torrence, Martinez Win Falmouth Mile

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...

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4 Minutes with a Miler: Brenda Martinez

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...

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