Individual Defined – a competitor running the entire course, on air, in full turnout gear; automatically considered for the specific respective age or sex category that is in effect at the event, as well as the open category.
Team Defined – a team is made up of 3 to 5 members, each of whom runs the course individually (that is, on air, in full turnout gear) and receives an individual time. The team time is composed of the three fastest individual times from team members added together. If there are less than three members with times due to disqualifications, no-shows etc. there is no time and the team will not receive consideration for placement.
Relay Defined – a group of 3 to 5 members, each of whom completes part of the course before handing a baton over to another member who continues. The members are in full turnout gear, except that face pieces are not worn, and they are not running on air. At regional events, they are normally seeded with their first race, and then enter an elimination bracket based on their seeding time.
Tandem Defined – a pair of competitors each of whom completes roughly half the course, with the handoff coming before or after the Keiser Forcible Entry Evolution. The members are in full turnout gear, except that face pieces are not worn, and they are not running on air. A tandem team may qualify for multiple categories but must specify beforehand which category they wish to compete in. (To compete in more than one category, it necessitates running more than one race, each designated as the specific category for consideration).