Sprint: competitors race on a straight sand course of 90 metres (70m for juniors) to the finishing line.
Relay: teams of 4 competitors race on a straight sand course of 90 metres (70m for juniors) with a baton, running one lap each. The final runner of a team over the finish line wins.
Beach Run: competitors race on a sand course for 1km or 2km races.
Beach Flags: competitors start lying on their stomach facing away from a baton/s buried in the sand 15 - 20 metres away. There are always fewer batons than competitors. On the starting gun, competitors rise, turn and race to secure a baton. The competitor(s) who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated. The process repeats until there is a single winner.