Sonora Wildcat cross country will host its annual "SummeRunners" program beginning the third week of June.
The program is free to join and open to everyone willing to run.
"It's pretty much open to anyone who wants to come on down and run with us," said Sonora varsity cross country head coach Glenn Bass, who will oversee the program for his 12th straight summer.
Current or incoming Sonora High students who wish to participate must have a current physical clearance form on file with the Athletics Office before the end of the school year. Forms are available at the school office and must be completed by a physician.
Younger siblings of students may also participate but must have written parent consent.
"One of the best things that incoming freshman at the high school can have is some kind of support network in place because it's going to be a new experience for them," Bass said of the program's benefits. "This way, they will get to meet and know some continuing students. It gives them a social network and good positive background going into the school year."
Runners meet three times a weekon Monday,WednesdayandFriday from 6-8 a.m.startingJune 17under the scoreboard on Dunlavy Field at Sonora High. StartingJuly 3,Wednesdaymeetings will begin at Columbia College in front of Oak Pavilion at the same time.
Bass said participants can bring all the necessary documents with them to their first meeting. He said high school athletes planning to compete next year, regardless the sport, can benefit from running regularly over the summer break.
"There is no sport where running will be detrimental," he said. "The endurance that you build up over the summer will come in handy in the fourth quarter of any game."