Great Train Race 29 April 2018

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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 kilometers 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.

Organised by Puffing Billy Railway volunteers, the Great Train Race is now in it's 37th year.

The Great Train Race is an annual fundraiser for the Puffing Billy Preservation Society – 2018's contribution will go towards the Menzies Creek Museum redevelopment project.




Entry Fees

Race Entry Early Bird* General
Adult (17+ years) $75 $80
Children (13 - 16 years) $55 $60

*Early Bird prices are available until midnight Wednesday 28th February 2018


Date Sunday 29th April 2018
Start Time 9:30 am
Distance 13.5 km
Cut off points 5 points along the route.
Start Line Belgrave: Gembrook Rd, Belgrave 3160 VIC
Finish Line Lakeside Station: Emerald Lake Park, Emerald 3782 VIC
Age Limit 13 yrs +
Registrations Open Now Available - ENTER TODAY
Registrations Close 28th April 2018 (unless sold out prior)
Qualifying Standard Not required for 2018
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Race Train Tickets

Did you know? You can compete against your friends and family... and they don't even have to run with you!

Race Train 1 Departs Belgrave at 9:30 am (SOLD OUT)
Race Train 2 Departs Belgrave at 9:50 am

You can race your family as they support you on board the Puffing Billy train of choice on Sunday 29th April 2018. Purchase your family and friends train ticket upon registration.

Adults (17+ years) $62
Children (4 - 16 years) $41
Children under 4 years (not requiring a seat) FREE

Trains return from Lakeside Station (Emerald Lake Park) at the following times:

11:00am  | 11:20am  | 11:50am  |  1:10pm  |  3:30pm


Race Notes

  • 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 2018 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.




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Enter the Great Train Race

Enter here for the 2018 Puffing Billy Great Train Race. A 13.5km challenging run through Victoria's Dandenong Ranges. Entries open January 2018.



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.


Race Route

2018 Great Train Race route and elevation maps. Starting line is in Belgrave and Finish Line is at Lakeside Station, Emerald Lake Park, Victoria


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 Day Road Closures

Road closures will occur on public roads between Belgrave & Emerald Lake Park on 29 April. Plan ahead to minimise delays.


Photos & Videos

Live from #GreatTrainRace


Winners & Results 2017

Congratulations to Nick Earl and Gemma Maini, winners of the 2017 Great Train Race!


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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