Name: Brenda Martinez
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 1,500-meter
Height: 5-7
Weight: 124
DOB: 9/8/1987
Birthplace: Upland, Calif.
Hometown: Big Bear Lake, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) ‘05
College: University of California, Riverside ‘10, Sociology/Law and Society
Coach(es): Joe Vigil
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 21st
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – 5th (1,500m)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2013, 2015 (800m); Indoor – 2012, 2016 (1,500m)
  • Medals: 1 (bronze)
  • Bronze – 2013 (800m)
Personal: Daughter of Andres and Rosa Maria Martinez...Has one brother, Ralph, and one sister, Barbara...Married to Carlos Handler...Three-time NCAA All-American...Hobbies include spending time with family, watching movies, hanging out with her four dogs and cat, mentoring youth and hosting summer camp for high school girls...Founded Big Bear Track Club, a nonprofit, post-collegiate group to help develop American distance running...Hosts a high-altitude training camp for high school runners every summer...Was the first member of her family to attend college.