Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner & Athlete Brenda Martinez

At the recent IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Mexican-American Brenda Martinez became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800m at the event. She ran her personal-best at (1:57.80) and won the bronze medal. Martinez, 25, is from Rancho Cucamongo, CA and is the only Latina on the national track and field team.

Martinez started running at five years old and became the first person in her family to go to college when she attended UC-Riverside. There she won the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 1,500m and was a three-time NCAA All-American.

For her athleticism and amazing accomplishment, Brenda is this week's Inspiring Latina!

How did you get into running?

Brenda Martinez:  Actually my parents put me in a [track] club since I was five years old.  It wasn’t all that good where we grew up so they kind of wanted to keep me off, I would say, peer pressure and I guess all the bad stuff that you see. They put me in a club so that I could put all my focus in that and go to school.