In a time run the player has to overcome an obstacle course, ranging from a regular passage to a trap filled path, in a given time. If the time is up, several things could happen. In some cases Lara is threatened by traps that will become deadly if she does not make it in time, in others she simply has to reach a timed door.
- The first time run in the games is in the first level of the original Tomb Raider, Caves. Lara has to make a short run over non-deadly obstacles towards a closing door.