Great Train Race

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The 36th annual Great Train Race will be on Sunday 30th April 2017.
Entries for the 2017 Great Train Race will open in early February. To ensure that you are notified when entries open, we encourage you to Update Your Details if you are already in our database. Alternatively, Join our Mailing List today. 

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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.
In 2016, all proceeds and any additional donations went towards the Puffing Billy Menzies Creek Museum Redevelopment project.

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

Note: Prequalifying data will be required when registering for the 2017 Great Train Race.

More information on how to register will be available late January 2017.


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 10am - Thursday 9th February 2017
Registrations Close 2pm - Friday 28th April 2017
Qualifying Standard 75minutes, 10km flat
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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


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


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


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.


Photos & Videos

Live from #GreatTrainRace



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.


Accommodation & Useful Links

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