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|
|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|
|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.
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
Not ready to run this year?
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