In Memoriam: David E. Martin
David E. Martin was an unsung hero to US distance running and internationally recognized for his immense contribution to the sport as a researcher, coach, statistician and advocate. A regents professor emeritus and Atlanta resident for over four decades, "Dr. Dave" analyzed scores of national and world class distance runners in his USOC funded Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance at Georgia State University.
Martin authored five books [The Marathon Footrace (1979), The High Jump Book, (1987), Training Distance Runners (1991), The Olympic Marathon (2000), Better Training for Distance Runners (1997)] and over a hundred articles in the area of athletics, exercise science and sports medicine. His expertise has enabled coaches and athletes to better understand the science of human athletic performance in order to improve training and racing strategies. His most coveted achievement was a research and tactical program he created for the 2004 Athens Olympics that helped propel Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor to a silver and bronze medal in the Olympic marathon.
Dr. Dave was a long time member and adviser of Atlanta Track Club, and a champion of the local running community. He completed 29 marathons during his life and will be forever remembered for his wit, wisdom and infinite modesty.
Per the wishes of Dave and his family, donations in Dr. Dave's name can be made to Atlanta Track Club to support the introduction of running to children in the Club's Kilometer Kids program.