IGNITE SwimRun is a two-person team race. Not a relay. Teams consist of all men, all women and mixed gender. The race begins with a mass wave start. Teams complete numerous swim and run legs ending at the finish line. During the race, teammates must remain within 10 meters of each other at all times. Teammates must complete the entire course and cross the finish line together.
Each race is different. Some swim courses experience deep, open water while others are shallow and rocky. Teams navigate through each swim leg by sighting for inflatable course markers. Run courses vary between flat road and technical trail terrain. Teams navigate along each run leg as directed by course signage and ground markings.
Participants must wear shoes during all run legs. Rules permit swim aids such as hand paddles, pull buoys, and even a specific type of swimrun wetsuit. Safety gear is required by race rules but ultimately athletes must finish with the gear they start with.