The Midwest Distance Classic has a history as an elite level post season high school distance meet, following in the legacy of its predecessors, the Midwest Distance Gala, and Midwest Distance Festival. Distance fans remember the tremendous 2016 boys 800 race, with three runners under 1:50, including Sean Torpy’s 1:47.95 (fastest time for a high school 800 by a runner from Illinois.) In the boys 3200, the winning time was under 9:00 for a three year streak from 2015 through 2017. Audrey Belf’s 4:44.79 1600 in 2015 remains one of the best ever performances in the girls division.
The 2019 meet will take place at North Central College. It will be conducted on Saturday evening, June 8. The events to be contested will be the 1 mile, 3200, 800, and 2K steeplechase, in both boys and girls divisions. As postseason racing options have increased over the past few years, entry standards have been removed to help the meet stay viable. In 2019, all gate receipts and any profits will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Naperville.
No meet was held in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
February of 2022, the Midwest Distance Classic moved under management of ShaZam Racing, the owners and host of Detweiller at Dark, the ShaZam XC Champs, and the official timing/scoring partner of the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Bradley University, Millikin, the IESA XC and Track Championships, as well as many IHSA and IESA schools. The new site location will be the Eastside Centre, centrally located in East Peoria, IL. This facility plays host to the IESA State Track Championships and Honor Roll Meet.