Saturday 9th September 2023
    Sunday 10th September 2023


    21.1 km Half Marathon
    13.5 km Classic
    5 km Fun Run
    1.2 km Kids Dash

Can you beat the train?

Picture yourself going head-to-head with the mighty Puffing Billy steam locomotive, as you sprint through the captivating landscapes of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. This is no ordinary race — it's a fierce battle of sweat versus steam!

Brace yourself for not one, but TWO epic days of non-stop excitement. We've expanded the festival to deliver four courses that cater to all levels of runners. Whether you're a seasoned pro seeking a challenge or a parent looking to create unforgettable memories with your little champions, we've got you covered!

And that's not all! The new Lakeside Visitor Centre at Emerald Lake Park will host our Festival's Finish Zone precinct for the first time ever. Expect mouth-watering food and beverage options, fantastic retail offerings, and an array of fun family activities that will keep the excitement going long after you've crossed the finish line!

So, can you conquer the rolling hills of the Dandenong Ranges and outrun the mighty Puffing Billy? There’s only one way to find out.

GTR Trestle Bridge, Runners & Train Portrait By Michael Greenhill