How Many Miles Is a College Cross Country Race?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 3:17:10 AM ET

In most places, the standard distance for a college cross country race, for boys and girls, is 3.1 miles, which equates to 5 kilometers, or 5k. The 5k is a standard distance, but some states have shorter official races for female cross country runners, who complete for only 4 kilometers or a 2.5-mile run. States with different running courses for boys and girls include Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.