Joe Martinez

Joe started running when he was in middle school. He says that in the beginning, he was the slowest runner on his team, but by the end of the season, he had improved so much that he won the District meet. His friends called him @LoboJoe because he was like a wolf hunting everyone down from the back of the pack. The name stuck, and Joe has recently found himself in a similar situation. He has discovered a renewed interest in running, and his times continue to drop with each new race. After graduating from high school at #YESPrep Southeast, the athletic director asked Joe to coach the track & cross country teams. Finally, after 3 years of continued requests, Joe agreed to take on the job as coach of the 2017/2018 teams. The students range in age from 12 – 18 years old, and he is the only coach for both the boys and girls teams. Despite the athletes’ varied backgrounds, Joe is thriving in his role as a #mentor and #leader. He especially takes pride in seeing them realize their potential. Joe says he has to constantly remind them that they will not improve overnight. Instead, they must be dedicated to doing the work and then patient in waiting for the results. In his own personal journey, Joe took a year off from running when he started college. In the last 2 years, he started training again and has enjoyed meeting numerous individuals in the Houston running community. In 2016 he was planning to meet a friend for a workout and Googled “Parks to run at in Houston.” The #1 suggestion was #MemorialPark, and Joe was shocked when he arrived and saw so many people on the trail. Since then, he comes to the Park several times per week and trains with his friends @fmbanes21 and @catcreegan19. He is always smiling and loves to encourage everyone!