Can you beat the train?
Day one of the Festival will feature a new 1.2km Kids Dash and a new 5km Family Fun Run / Walk on Saturday 7 September at Emerald Lake Park, with the echoing toots and puffs of Puffing Billy propelling all participants forward.
Then, on Sunday 8 September, prepare to witness a fierce showdown as up to 3,000 participants take on the challenge of a lifetime, racing against two colossal steam locomotives from Belgrave to Emerald in the heart-pounding 13.5 km 'Classic' Run.
For those hungry for even greater conquests, the all-new 21.1km road and trail Half Marathon; a true test of endurance set amidst the breathtaking views and unyielding hills of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.
Spectators looking to cheer on participants can embark on an unforgettable journey themselves, hopping aboard the iconic Puffing Billy and potentially even surpassing the racing runners!
The recently developed state-of-the-art Lakeside Visitor Centre within Emerald Lake Park will host the Festival’s Finish Zone precinct.
It’s sweat versus steam through the rolling hills of the Dandenong Ranges.
So, can you beat the train? There’s only one way to find out.
Why run the Puffing Billy Running Festival?
Experience the thrill and challenge of racing Puffing Billy!
Electronic Timing and Results
On Course First Aid
On Course Road Closures
Family entertainment at finish line
On-Course Photography available for purchase
Optional return locomotive journey back to start line available for purchase
Optional return bus shuttle back to start line available for purchase
Now an event for the whole family
It's a fundraiser, too!
Proceeds from the 2023 Puffing Billy Running Festival will be donated to heritage railway projects, such as the construction of Puffing Billy Railway’s Belgrave Station Signal Box.
About Puffing Billy Railway
Built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants, Puffing Billy Railway is a century old not-for-profit steam railway attraction that connects people with the past, their environment and each other.
Continuing to puff daily (except Christmas Day) with the support of over 300 passionate volunteers, Puffing Billy Railway invites you to ride in our open side carriages as you journey over the hills, down the valleys and into the lush forest on the original 24 kilometre mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook.