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.



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)
Bibs Posted Start of April.
Qualifying Standard Not required for 2018
Race Rules The terms & conditions serve as race rules
GTR Contact




Entry Fees

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

*Early Bird prices were available until midnight Thursday 1st March 2018.

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.

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 
Race Train 2 Departs Belgrave at 9:50 am 

Race Train tickets have sold out.
Family and friends with pre-purchased train tickets can return from Lakeside Station (Finish Line in Emerald Lake Park) ar the following times: 

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

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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


Start Line Information

Start Line information for Puffing Billy's Great Train Race. Race starts at 9:30am from Belgrave, 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!


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


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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