Summer Practice

2019 Summer XC Practice Schedule

First summer practice date will be Tuesday, May 28th and the Final practice date will be Tuesday, July 30th. Mandatory practices begin on Monday, August 5th.

To maximize success, runners should attend every practice when they are in town. They should also complete their mileage schedule and have all runs logged on their STRAVA account. All runners who complete the log and attend at least 20 practices will receive a summer mileage shirt. Any running camps, including team camp, will count as 6 practices. 

Summer Jobs - Some runners have summer jobs and need to get to them before practice will end. If those runners work out an arrangement with Coach Martin AHEAD OF TIME they will be allowed to come to practice and finish their run earlier and still meet the team at the beginning of practice before they go to their job.

Mileage - Print out the appropriate Summer Mileage Schedule for you. There are several options based on your current athletic ability from Beginner to Elite (see key at bottom of each schedule). Runners will be expected to use a GPS device to log their runs on STRAVA.

Summer Mileage Schedules - click here

STRAVA - Runners will need to create an account on STRAVA. Go to and create an account. Once you create an account, go to the training tab at the top and click on "training log" and mark your log as public. Then go to the explore tab at the top and click on "clubs" and search for the club "SPX Distance Running" and join the club. Once you do this, all you need to do to keep up with your runs, is bring a GPS device that uploads your runs to STRAVA automatically.

Summer Practice Schedule - This will be our practice schedule for most weeks:

Mondays: 7:30 am at Murphy Candler Park.

Tuesdays: 7:30 am at St. Pius X, plus Muscle Beach (weights)

Wednesdays: 7:30 am at Chattahoochee River.

Thursdays: 7:30 am at St. Pius X, plus Muscle Beach (weights)

Fridays: run on your own.

Saturday: 7:30 am at the Chattahoochee River.

No practice weeks

June 30th - July 6th: GHSA dead week, no practices allowed but runners should still be running

July 7th - 11th: team camp, all runners not at camp should still be running. 

Directions to the Chattahoochee River:

Take I-285W to Exit 22 New Northside Dr. Take a right off the exit ramp and go straight through the light. At the bottom of the hill there will be a bridge. Main parking is the first lot on the right after the bridge. Back up parking will be the lot before the bridge.  Also, there is a charge of $3.00 if you are going to park there, or you can get a year round pass for $35. We will meet in the back up parking lot at 7:30 am.

Directions to Murphy Candler Park:

Take I-285 west to exit 29 Ashford Dunwoody road. Turn left to head south on Ashford Dunwoody. Drive a couple of miles and then turn left on W. Nancy Creek Drive. Take this road for about a mile and you'll see a lake on the left. The meeting area is just past the lake with a small parking lot and overflow parking on the right.