The Great Train Race
May 7th 2023

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Join us for the 29th running of the Great Train Race

The Great Train Race will return to downtown Fredericksburg, VA on May 7th 2023! This is one of the largest timed kid’s races on the east coast. Young runners get the rare opportunity to compete in a race just for them.

The race will return to its traditional course starting underneath the railroad tracks and finishing at the city docks. We are excited to bring back more of the race day experience you have come to expect from the event.

The race consists of 3 events for kids under 18: 

  • The 1-mile Express for ages 6 to 17
  • The 1/2-mile George Dashington for ages 12 and under
  • The 1/4-mile Caboose Run for ages 5 and under

The Express and George Dashington will be chip timed races. The Caboose Run is a fun run and will not be timed.

Be sure to read our Participant Guide for information on the race: Great Train Race Guide





In order to hold a safe and fun event for our young runners it takes around 100 volunteers. People willing to come out and donated their time for nothing more than a t-shirt and our gratitude.

Please consider helping out. You can register to volunteer here: Volunteer Registration
If you have other talents that you’d like to share outside of the listed jobs please contact us:

Be sure to thank each and every volunteer you see on race day! The Great Train Race could not happen without them.



The Great Train Race benefits Loisann’s Hope House and their efforts to help homeless children and their families.

Since opening their doors in 1987 Loisann’s Hope House has striven to improve the quality of life for families by helping them move from homelessness to permanent housing.





Courses Maps for all 3 Events

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Race Day Schedule

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Packet Pick-up and other Information

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