Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the race distance for both girls and boys varsity cross country meets and all MSHSL postseason tournaments shall be 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) unless the meet director or games committees adjusts the distance because of weather or some other unforeseen reason. The race distance for lower level high school meets may be less than 5k.
A cross country runner may run as an individual competitor in road races, fun runs, marathons and races for a cause of any distance through Labor Day. If they run in these kind of events after Labor Day, the distance run in the competition must be significantly different in length than the distance run in high school cross country. Significantly different is defined as one kilometer difference in race length.