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My Story

After high school I pursued my dream and went through college and continued my running career. After 3 years of college I turned pro and went to Europe and ran the international circuit.

I competed with the best runners in the world and made money. It was a dream of a lifetime.

Elmer Martinez ’77

Returning home from a professional career, I began coaching at twenty-one years-old and continued my education. I retired from coaching after the last stop at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette. From there I began concentrating on my second passion – music and film.

Elmer Martinez ’77

Today, I am CEO and founder of three companies.

Among them, Delta South Records, NOLA Entertainment, based in New Orleans, and The Rap Beat TV Show Baltimore/New York. I expanded my music brand to Africa as I have worked with several artist from Nigeria and Uganda.

I am currently working on signing another artist from Nigeria and will soon be traveling there to work with a producer as well. We expanded to film in 2019 and and are now working on a pilot for a reality show! Wish me luck!

I’m so proud that Menaul gave me the baton and now it’s my race! Sea La Luz!

Menaul was special and being part of the community made me feel important! Everyone at Menaul had a role to make the school function. We all had jobs and chores that taught us responsibility and molded us to being productive citizens. The love and passion that our teachers had for education was amazing!

Menaul’s traditions stick with you for life! The bonds and friendships that we build are lifelong and special.

Menaul gave me many opportunities to expand my horizons not only in athletics but in the arts as well.

Anything is possible as long as you BELIEVE in yourself!

Elmer Martinez ’77

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  1. 1
    Frieda on March 31, 2022

    Brother your my hero…. It was a always a celebration to see you be at your best… I’ve always where in your mind you’d go when you would compete in a race or when you go for a run .. cuz back in the day we had no head phones lol.. but neither less I’m so proud and honored to be your lil sis.. God Bless you and I love you….

    1. 2
      Elmer Martinez on April 28, 2022

      Thank you Sis

  2. 3
    Yvette Valencia on March 31, 2022

    I can remember being 6 or 7 when my older brother left home and went to attend Menaul. I was the little sister so very proud of Elmer. He was our super Athlete from our small town of Pojoaque New Mexico making the news paper and making the inter national sports page as he traveled to do what he was good at making his parents proud. Back then we had no social media we relayed on our local news paper how exciting reading it come Sunday Congratulations Cherished memories love you 😘 your little sis Yvette

    1. 4
      Elmer Martinez on April 28, 2022

      Thank you little Sis

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