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'I'm Donating Back To The Sport That Gave Me A Fighting Chance'

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Track and field athlete Brenda Martinez recently had a dramatic finish in the 1500-meter trial, landing her a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this year. It's been an incredible journey for Brenda, who grew up with a passion for running, even though her parents could not afford to buy her new running shoes: "The shoes I wore to school were the same shoes I wore to practice. My father would always try to find running shoes on the clearance rack."

"I’m donating back to the sport that gave me a fighting chance in the world. I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for running."

Before she became an Olympian, Brenda was rejected by two high-profile training groups after college. This set her back for a while. Her husband, Carlos Handler, gave up his running career to help pay for the bills. On top of that, they "were late on rent and shopping at the 99 Cent store. Carlos was cleaning houses, taking little jobs. [They] were doing whatever [they] could to make it."


Now, with the help of her sponsor, New Balance, Brenda and her husband hosts a running camp every year in Big Bear Lake, California. They cover all the expenses and New Balance provides the shoes. 

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We can't wait to watch Brenda DOMINATE the Olympics! 

Source: Huffington Post.

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