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ENTRIES will OPEN for 2018 Great Train Race in January!

Join in on the challenge and fun of this iconic run through the Dandenong Ranges - will you beat the hills and beat the train?

Follow the links below to information for your Race Entry.

Race Day Extra's


Note: all runners are required to register individually.

NO PREQUALIFACTION information is required to enter the 2018 Great Train Race.

Seeded Start Data: Runners upon registration are required to enter a 10km (split) time, this can be based on a flat course or trail run. This data will be used to allocate runners into the appropriate start groups.

Seeded Groups:  Of the 4 seeded start group, the positions available in the 1st and 2nd groups are limited. They’re allocated by data submitted and time of registration. If submitting a 10km run time of under 49 minutes proof is required at time of registration. This can be done by uploading a PDF or JPEG of a race certificate or timing records eg: Garmin etc.

Enter as soon as possible if you wish to be seeded in the first two groups. Runners will be notified of their seeded group upon receiving their race packs.


Based on personal training schedules and abilities, each runner nominates which Race Train they compete against.

As with all 120 year old Steam Trains, their race day capacity varies, mostly due to the weather and therefore condition of the track.

To give runners a guide, below are the Race Trains times for the past few years.

  Race Train 1 Race Train 2
2017 55:24 72:09
2016 56:20 79:08
2015 51:47 70:43
2014 60:26 81:31

Ensure you've read the terms and conditions that serve as race rules - any questions can be directed to the Events Team via email: race @pbr.org.au

guide to registering

  1. Ensure your details are correct.
  2. Select your Race Train competitor
  3. Provide your 10km run time


  1. Donating if you can, to the Menzies Creek Museum redevelopment project.
  2. Joining a team.
  3. Do your cheer squad need a car park pass for Emerald Lake Park (finish line)?
  4. Would you like your cheer squad to be on the Race Trains? 

Entry Fees - Entries to open last week of January 2018.

Race Entry Early* Late
Adult $75 $80
Child $55 $60

*Early rates are available until Tuesday 20th February 2018

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for the Puffing Billy Preservation Society – with contributions going to Menzies Creek Museum redevelopment project.



2018 GTR Singlets 


Singlet snip.JPG Great Train Race souvenir singlets will be available to purchase upon registration, or after by contacting the Race Team on 03 9757 0775 or race@pbr.org.au

Available in Men and Women’s styles and sizes. XS, S, M, L Female and S, M, L Mens singlets.
View the Brooks size and style chart to order the correct size.

Singlets can be purchased for $35.00 and will be mailed with Race Packs before Race day. 

Race Train Tickets 

Run and race against your family and friends aboard the Race Trains

  • Race Train 1, departs Belgrave 9:30am 
  • Race Train 2, departs Belgrave 9:50am

Purchase your family and friends train ticket upon registration.

  • Adults $62.00
  • Children $41.00
  • Children under 4yrs (not requiring a seat) travel FREE.

Note: Runners bibs are the Race Train tickets for returning competitors.

Trains return from Lakeside Station, Emerald at the following times:

11:00am | 11:20am | 11:50am | 1:10pm | 3:30pm
Note: the last train arrives back to Belgrave at 4:20pm
Note: limited spaces are available; carriages fill on a first come first served basis.

Finish Line Car Park Pass

There is limited car parking at the Finish Line (Emerald Lake Park), car park passes must be pre-purchased for $7.00 upon registration. Passes will be posted with your Race Pack prior to race day.

As there is no organised pre-race transport from Emerald Lake Park to Belgrave, Car Park Passes are designed for family and friends of runners only, ensuring they are there to cheer as you cross the finish line.

Race day entry into Emerald Lake Park is available for Car Park Pass holders only, between 8:00am – 9:30am.

Note: no vehicles will be permitted into Emerald Lake Park after 9:30am with or without a pass.

More information about Race Day transport and parking available here


GTR Teams vs Individual Registration

4 individual runners can run and compete as a team against teams and the Race Trains. Team prizes are available for the fastest 4 runners and the lucky random team prize.

Team at the Great Train Race Cost: All team members are required to enter as an individual – there is no additional charge to run in a team.

Benefit: Running with a team may help boost your run motivation and improve performance, making your GTR experience a little more fun as you share the changing landscape with friends, family or club members.

Process: To join or create a team, simply select during your individual registration process.
New Teams require a Team Captain (a contact / spokesperson for the group of 4 runners).

If the team name is already in the drop down list, simply select and enter your team password then continue with your individual registration.
Please ensure you personally know other runners in the team selected.

If you forget to join a team and have already entered, contact us for assistance.

Note: Teams without 4 runners registered will not qualify for the Team competition. Admin will edit team members registration back to 'individual status' 14 days before Race Day.