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ENTRIES are now closed for 2017 Great Train Race - this Sunday!

Replacement Race Bibs can be collected from Race Info, Bayview Road Belgrave from 7:30am Sunday 30 April 2017.


Note: all runners are required to register individually.


Qualifications standards were introduced prior to the 2016 Great Train Race to ensure: 
a) competitors are fit enough to complete the challenging course,
b) are seeded in the correct starting group,
​c) ensure closed road times are minimised due to the lack of alternative routes.

Qualification standard: The 10km split time must be under 75minutes. This can be based on a flat course or trail run.

Seeded Groups: The positions available in the 1st and 2nd seeded groups are limited, they’re allocated by qualification standard and time of registration. 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 your personal training schedule and ability, you have nominated which Race Train you would like to 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 2016.

2016 Race Train 1 – 56:20
2016 Race Train 2 - 79:08


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

Entries have CLOSED 


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



2017 GTR Singlets - Some sizes still available

Singlet snip.JPG Purchase the 2017 Great Train Race souvenir singlet 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 $40.00 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

Purchase your family and friends train ticket upon registration.

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 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.


GTR rego voucher

All runners who successfully enter the 2017 Great Train Race will receive a $50 voucher off any Brooks adult runner, redeemable at any Active Feet store or online at activefeet.com.au.