In Platform Racing 2 and Platform Racing 3, the mode is indicated by an outline of a whistle with 3 lines coming out of it to show it's being blown. These lines are colored white in PR2 and blue in PR3. Although PR2 also started out with only races, it still used the symbol for every level from its release until other modes were added. Kongregate Racing and the original Platform Racing do not have any form of symbol on the lobby.
The PR2 symbol was additionally used in deathmatches in that game for the first few months after it was added before it received its own, unique one on 2013-02-25.
In races, players compete against each other to reach the finish first. Items are normally available for racers to grab in order to give them an advantage over others, such as the Speed Burst greater increasing their speed stat for a short period of time. Certain hats may also help the player wearing them, including the Jump Start Hat, which allows users to skip the countdown and immediately get a 3 second head start.