Great Train Race 30 Apr 2017

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The Great Train Race isn't simply a race amongst the competitors - it's an exciting challenge competing against the steam locomotive, Puffing Billy!

The race route extends 13.5 km's through the hills and fern gullies of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. The continual popularity of this unique run makes the Great Train Race an event not to be missed. 

The Great Train Race is organised by Puffing Billy Railway volunteers.

The Great Train Race is an annual fundraiser for the Puffing Billy Preservation Society – this years contribution will again go to Menzies Creek Museum redevelopment project.


Date Sunday 30th April 2017
Distance 13.5km
Start Time 9:30am
Cut off time 120 minutes | 11:30am
Start Line Belgrave - Gembrook Rd, Belgrave Victoria
Finish Line Lakeside Station: Emerald Lake Park, Emerald
Age Limit 13 yrs +
Registrations Open Until Sunday 19th March 2017
Registrations Close 2pm - Friday 28th April 2017
Qualifying Standard 75minutes, 10km flat
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  • The maximum number of runners competing in the 2017 Great Train Race is 3,200 competitors.
  • Whilst the course is 13.5km in distance, it consists of a hilly route, using public tarmac, dirt roads and multi-purpose trails.
  • Competitors are recommended to have a solid base of training to complete the course.
  • The 2017 Great Train Race is not a walking event, with strict cut off points along the route. Whilst we understand competitors may need to walk at some points (especially up those gruelling hills) its’ expected that all runners can run the majority of the way.
    • Note: Prequalifying time is required when registering for the 2017 Great Train Race.

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Enter the Great Train Race

Enter here for the 2017 Puffing Billy Great Train Race. A 13.5km challenging run through Victoria's Dandenong Ranges. Register today as spaces are limited



Commonly asked questions are answered here about Puffing Billy's Great Train Race. Including runner refunds, local spectator points and race results.


10 Week Training Plan

A 10 week training schedule designed to get you race ready for this year’s 13.5 km Great Train Race.


Transport and Parking

We strongly recommend travelling by Metro Train to get to the Race Start in Belgrave. Click here for more info about train departures the Belgrave Line.


Race Route

2017 Great Train Race route and elevation maps.


Race Day Road Closures

Road closures will occur on roads between Belgrave-Emerald Lake Park on 30 April. Find out how this affects you as a local resident or visitor to the area


Information for registered runners

Registered runners will find useful links and important information here. Please note that the Race Packs have been posted.



We wish to thank all the valued sponsors of the 2016 Great Train Race.


Winners & Results 2016

The winners of the 2016 Great Train Race were Craig Appleby and Tarli Bird.


Photos & Videos

Live from #GreatTrainRace


Volunteering at the Great Train Race

A non-runners opportunity to be apart of the annual Puffing Billy Great Train Race. No special skills required, just a willingness to help at a local event


Accommodation & Useful Links

Plan how to get here, where to stay and which other nearby attractions to visit by exploring our useful links.


Not ready to run this year?
That's ok! It is a challenging run after all. Join our Mailing List today so that you are notified when the entries open for next year's Race! If you have run previously, you might want to Update Your Details in our database.

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