Information For New Runners


Welcome to Jones College Prep Cross Country! You can download a brief welcome packet here, and can find basic information below.  We look forward to meeting you!


Where do we meet?


We currently meet at Jones in Room 6026 (sixth floor).  All runs are done on the Lakefront Path or Grant Park



When do we meet?


Find a full schedule of all dates and times here



What do we do?


Everyone runs together as a team but each person starts at their own pace/distance according to his prior experience.  We also perform strength workouts as a team throughout the summer as well



What do I need?


To start, all you need is a pair of running shoes, clothes that are comfortable to run in and a water bottle.   

You must also purchase a sports watch and set-up a running log (on as this will become mandatory once your season officially begins



Who should come?


Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join, regardless of skill level or experience.  Even if you are not sure, come give it a try to see if it's for you!  Most of our runners, including some of our most accomplished, had no prior running experience before joining our team



What if I cannot attend?


New runners are excused for any and all absences before the school year starts due to scheduling conflicts that may arise as a result of pre-arranged plans.  If you cannot attend, however, please let Coach Adelmann know (  New runners are welcome to join the team at any time throughout the year


If you are unable to attend the scheduled team dates, it is also highly encouraged that you run on your own.  For new runners, any running is better than no running! Aim for 20 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week to start.  You may also contact Coach Adelmann for more detailed instructions






-  ALL athletes must have an up-to-date sports physical on their first day of practice 

- Physicals are only valid for 365 days, so if you received your previous physical last fall, you will need another one

- Please plan ahead and make your appointment now.  Returning runners who do not have their physical by the first day of practice will not be allowed to try out  

Facilities Near Jones for Sports Physicals: CVS, Walgreens, Physicians Immediate Care (811 S. State Street),    Mercy Medical (47 W. Polk Street)