Great Train Race 4 May 2014


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Registered runners will find useful information here.


The Great Train Race will take place at 9.30am on Sunday 4 May 2014.

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 13.2 km's 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.

The Great Train Race is organised by Puffing Billy Railway volunteers. All proceeds and any additional donations go towards the restoration of the NGG16 127 Garratt locomotive.


Important race information

  • The maximum number of entries for the Great Train Race is 3,300 runners and all of these entries have now been sold. No more entries are available.
  • A seeded start will again be used to ensure a safe event for all runners.
  • Runners can return from Emerald Lake Park to Belgrave FREE on either Puffing Billy or via chartered bus. Your Race Bib is your free ticket.
  • Age restrictions: On advice from Athletics Victoria and the Australian Medical Association, all runners must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the day of the Race.
  • A range of prizes including placegetter, team and beat the train prizes are on offer. Will you beat Puffing Billy in 2014?
  • Race certificates will be available online approx one week after the Race listing your time, your place, whether you beat Puffing Billy and if so by how many minutes and seconds.
  • RFID timing and a seeded start (to ensure runners' safety) will again be implemented. The allocation of places in the seeded groups are on a first come, first served basis, so ensure you register online as soon as entries have opened to avoid disappointment.
  • To minimise the disruption to local traffic, 5 designated course timing points have been implemented. Runners need to reach these specific points by certain times to continue in the race.These are:
    1. Corner of Selby Aura Rd and Belgrave Gembrook Rd, Selby by 10am (30 minutes after the race start)  - at the 2.8 km mark;
    2. Corner of Selby Aura Rd and School Rd, Menzies Creek by 10.30am (60 minutes after the race start) - at the 6.5 km mark;
    3. Emerald Rail Crossing on Belgrave Gembrook Rd by 11am (90 minutes after the race start) - at the 10 km mark
    4. Crichton Rd, Emerald by 11.15am (105 minutes after the race start) - at the 11 km mark; and
    5. Finish Line by 11.30am (120 minutes after the race start).


Great Train Race Sponsors

We wish to thank all of the valued 2014 Great Train Race sponsors.

Update or check your details

Click here to check that we have your current email address. You will need to know your Person ID number which is located on your 2012 or 2013 Race Certificate, alternatively your registration email for this year's Race.

Join the Great Train Race mailing list

If you have never run in the Great Train Race but would like to be added to our mailing list, please click here. That way, you'll receive race notifications, including when entries open for 2015's Great Train Race.


Volunteering at the Great Train Race

You don't have to be a runner to be part of the Great Train Race. Up to 400 volunteers are needed on race day to make this event happen. No special skills, experience or training is required, just your enthusiasm and willingness to help! Find out more




Phone: (03) 9757 0775 (+61 3 9757 0775 Int'l)


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