Ambassadors Home > About Us > Ambassadors

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez is a 49 year old home care physical therapist assistant. He graduated from Penn State University in 1991. Michael is originally from Merced, California but now resides in Jacksonville Florida. He is the youngest of 7 children and while growing up was active in sports from the age of 6 (wrestling, baseball, and football) Michael also played 3rd base for the Penn State Hazelton Baseball team while in college from 89-91. Michael was in the US Army from 1985 to 1988 serving the entire time in Germany. "While in the army I started smoking 1-2 packs a day and became dependent upon alcohol . After the army and college my life started to spiral out of control with my drinking and at the age of 26 I decided that my life was unmanageable and needed the guidance of a 12 step program to help with my alcoholism". I have now been clean and sober for the past 23 years and in that time I have organized/managed and participated in sober softball teams in Las Vegas and California." Michael stopped smoking in 2001 and began to work out and run. He has lost 75 lbs and maintained that weight loss 11 of the last 13 years! In his 13 years of running Michael has run 3 full marathons (and is in training for his 4th) 40 plus half marathons, a 25k trail race and just recently organized/registered a team to run the Ragnar Relay Florida Keys in 2016. "All of the team members are from an online running group that I am a very active participant in called From Fat to Finish Line. I organized this team as a way to "pay it forward" to others whom have struggled with addiction/obesity. I am a firm believer of " you reap what you sow" and that "like begets like" when living my day to day life." Michael just recently began volunteering with Runwell founder Linda Quirk at the Gateway Recovery Center in Jacksonville at their Tuesday morning runs as a way of giving back to the community. He also volunteers his time and resources twice a week leading a boot camp class in his home gym in his garage . "I try to live each and every day as if it is my last one on earth, and am grateful for the opportunity that Runwell has given me to serve others in any capacity."