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Marist Cross Country Team trains on running trails at dawn
Tuesday, June 19
Chicago Marist Men up at dawn, training to WIN the STATE Championships in 2018!
Palos North Running Trails

 On Tuesday, June, 19, 2018, while most of the State was sleeping, members of the Marist Mens Cross Country Team arrived on campus at 7:30 am to train to contend for the 2018 IHSA State Championships!

 Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon drove the TEAM bus to Forty Acre Woods Running Trails in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Palos Park, Illinois.

 There are multiple advantages to running on Trails. Trail surfaces are softer than pavement or concrete. As a result, less force is being applied to your body from the running surface, specifically your legs, resulting in lower impact and lower stress. This allows athletes to run more miles.

 The varying terrain combined with numerous obstacles forces greater proprioception and muscle engagement, specifically stabilizing muscles, and strengthens muscles in your foot and ankle. Often times the monotonous, one direction ovement of road running leaves these stabilizing muscles and ligaments underworked.

 Hills on a trail run vary in grade (steepness) and length, thus constantly challenging your legs and lungs with variety.

 Marist recently began summer trail runs, after a successful running camp June 11 - 15.

 Upcoming Summer runs include:

 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 through Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:30 am

 Monday, June 25, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:30 am

 Practices led by Team Captains July 2-6

 Monday, July 9, 2018 through Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:30 am

 Monday, July 16, 2018 through Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:30 am

 Practices led by Team Captains July 23 – August 7  

Map of Running Trails

Sunday, July 29
Marist Varsity Boys Cross Country Team Tryouts start Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3 PM, be prompt!!! Barbecue on August 17!
2017 IHSA State Qualifiers

 Welcome to the home of the RedHawks! Chicago Marist Boys Cross Country TEAM is a proud member of the East Suburban Catholic Conference and Illinois High School Association. Our dedicated coaches and athletes train and compete on our 55 acre campus complete with premiere facilities. 

 On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the first day of official Cross Country practices will commence at 3:00 pm, in front of the Marist Track and Field Stadium. Athletes must turn in a current Physical before you can attend a Marist Cross Country Practice. Athletes and Parents must also pre-register for the Cross Country TEAM online at and select the registration tab. Click on “Create An Account” and enter your own email and create your own password. (Please be sure to remember this password as you will use this for the years to come). Click on “Begin Registration” • “Select Activity - Cross Country”. 

 All athletes should bring running shoes, and a Water bottle to practice. If you have anything to place in storage during practice, please bring a combination lock. There will be no one available to hold any personal items during practice. Thanks. 

 Try-outs will determine our initial Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Sophomore-Freshman rosters for the first meet. Only the top 7 athletes on the Team, run Varsity, and only the Top 7 Sophomores and Freshman run on the Sophomore squad. Everyone else runs on our outstanding Junior Varsity TEAM. No one will be cut from the TEAM

 Athletes have covered many hundreds of miles this summer preparing to capture the Regional, Sectional, and State Championships. We certainly hope that you too have been conscientious about your summer training. We want you to report to the first practice READY TO RUN. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 means 87 days until the STATE meet!

 A TEAM / PARENTS meeting will take place at 5:00 pm in the main gymansium on Friday, August 17, 2018. Red and White night will be following the TEAM / PARENTS meeting. Following the meeting, from 6:15 pm - 7:35 pm there will be a PARTY in the east parking lot with music, games, and more. At 6:30 pm, a free barbecue will be served! If you have any questions about Marist Cross Country, please contact Marist Head Boys Coach Jon Gordon at Thanks.


TEAM Parents Meeting at 5 pm, followed by a barbecue on Friday, August 17, 2018

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM will commence practice at 3 pm on Friday, August 17, 2018. Athletes will meet the coaching staff by the bleachers of the Track and Field Stadium.

 A TEAM / PARENTS meeting will take place at 5:00 pm in the main gymansium with Marist Athletic Director Eric Simpson. 

 At 5:30 pm, the Boys Cross Country Team and Parents will meet in room 114 for a meeting with Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, and Assistant Coaches Mac Melto, and Phillip Jones.

 A Parents guide to Cross Country and Team information packet will be distributed. Team Captains will be introduced. Topics for the meeting include: How a Cross Country meet is scored, Cross Country terms, 2018 Season schedule, Tailgate Partys, Pasta Partys, Racing photos, Proper running shoes, IHSA State Championships, Running in College, and the November Cross Country Banquet.

 Red and White night will be following the TEAM / PARENTS meeting. Following the meeting, from 6:15 pm - 7:35 pm there will be a PARTY in the east parking lot with music, games, and more. At 6:30 pm, a free barbecue will be served!If you have any questions about Marist Cross Country, please contact Marist Head Boys Coach Jon Gordon at Thanks.



 The Yorkville Cross Country Invitational in Kendall County in Yorkville, Illinois is the FIRST Cross Country meet of the season to take place for the entrie state of Illinois. 

 The race course is located at Hoover Forest Preserve (11285 W Fox Rd, Yorkville, IL 60560).  The TEAM will travel by yellow school bus at 2:30 pm. The first race of the day will commence at 5:00 pm. All races are 3.0 miles. No spikes are used on the course because of patches of concreate and gravel throughout the course. Course Maps available under the link "Secret Training Plans".

 The Marist Coaching Staff and Parents will be hosting a Tailgate party after the meet. It will be a special experience for all of the athletes, parents, coaching staff, and guests. 

 We need your help to make this event a success in 2018. If you could bring any kind of finger food, drinks, paper ware, plastic ware, card tables, let Coach Gordon know via email at and he will post a list of items being brought to the Tailgate Party on our Team website. 

August 21, 2018 - Tailgate Party - List of Items 

1. 60 plastic forks, spoons, knives, and 64 bottles of water - Gordon Family

2. Bananas, Apples and Grapes - Golden Family

3. Cookies and Fruit Snacks - Dillon Family

4. Sandwich tray and brownies - Malzone Family

5. Paper plates and napkins - Bugos Family

6. Honey Ham, Turkey Cracker Party Tray and watermelon - Cortesi Family

7. Chips and Guacamole - Vulich Family

8. Mini Ham wraps and Mini Turkey wraps - Vallie Family

9. Gatorade, Pretzels, and Cookies - Leonard Family

10. Sandwich tray - Geary Family

11. Vegetable tray, Gatorade, and Chips - Scott Family

12. Fruit Tray - Walsh Family

13. Chips, Dessert, Drinks, Garbage bags, and a Table - Kerlin Family 

14. M and Ms and Twizzlers - Rivera Family

15. Bucket of Chicken Wings - Kavanaugh Family

16. Chips - Enright Family 

Marist Athletes prepare for Yorkville Invitational

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