Cross Country running is one of the disciplines under the umbrella sport of athletics and is a natural terrain version of long-distance track and road running.

Cross country dates back to the turn of the 20th century as an Olympic Sport when it was contested as a team and individual event at the 1904, 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games.  USA Track & Field (USATF) conducts championship events at the Association, Regional and National levels for athletes of all ages (youth, open and masters) at a variety of distances.

USATF is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.  USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

USATF Age Divisions – 2018 Season
Youth Divisions Birth Years Age Range Adult Divisions Age Range
8 & Under 2010+ 7-8 Open 19-29
9-10 2008-2009 9-10 Sub-Masters (30-39) 30-34, 35-39
11-12 2006-2007 11-12 Masters (40+) 40-44, 45-49
13-14 2004-2005 13-14 Seniors (50+) 50-54, 55-59
15-16 2002-2003 15-16 60-64, 65-69
17-18 2000-2001 17-18 70-74, 75-79, etc.
Note:  Youth divisions are determined by birth year while adult divisions are determined by birth date.
Only two meets each year, the Indoor Classic in February and the Arizona State Meet are combined
Youth and Masters Athletes.
The age divisions are designated: Y – Youth, HS – High School, O – Open, M – Masters, S – Seniors.
Sub-Masters are included in the Masters category.
USATF Cross Country
Course Y & HS Division
2K (1.24 miles) 8 & Under
3K (1.86 miles) 9-10, 11-12
4K (2.48 miles) 13-14
5K (3.10 miles) 15-16, 17-18

Club Cross Country