Race the Train 2021

Registration Deadline:
Boat of Garten to Aviemore


Join the annual Race the Train event supported by Cairngorm Runners and attempt racing the traditional Highland steam train! Race goes through the picturesque Cairngorm National Park, starting at Boat of Garten, along the beautiful Speyside Way, following the tracks of Strathspey Steam Train and finishes in Aviemore, where participants can enjoy a local beer and the well-deserved rest.  

Race takes place on Saturday 4th of September at 10.30am, with registration opening at 8.30am at Strathspey Train Station’s car park in Aviemore.

Registration Fee:  

For members of Scottish Athletics: £20

For non-members of Scottish Athletics: £22

This year the exciting opportunity to take a ride in the traditional steam train is reserved for top fundraisers! All participants are encouraged to raise a target of just £100 to support DSUK’s work for disabled communities across the UK. Everyone who reached their target by the event date will be taken on the steam train, from Aviemore to Boat of Garten to start the race.   

We are aware that many of our runners are travelling to Aviemore. Our friends at Cairngorm Hotel have generously agreed to offer 10% discount to participants of Race the Trainif you book directly through their website. Be quick, as this is on first comefirst served basis!

You can also find many great places to stay through Seasgair Lodges.



  1. How do I register?

Registering for Race the Train is quick and simple! Go to the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket. Don’t forget to bring a registration confirmation with you on the day, so we can confirm your attendance.  

  1. Is there a registration fee?

Race the Train costs £22 for non-members of Scottish Athletics to register. This amount allows one member of DSUK to significantly subsidise their lesson. It includes your place at the event and the medal for finishing the race!

  1. Can I register as a team?

All individuals need to register on Eventbrite separately, however, you can fundraise as a team via Just Giving. If you decide to do this, remember your fundraising target is still £100 per person, so add all members of your team to create a mutual target.

  1. Is there an age limit to register?

You need to be 16 or over.

All participant under 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to register on their behalf and consent to their participation.

All the contact details must be of the parent or guardian as we do not have permission to contact anyone under the age of 18 about the race or fundraising.

A parent or guardian should create your fundraising page too. Once the page has been created the name on the profile page, the picture and story can be updated.

  1. Will I receive emails from DSUK?

Yes, we will be in touch regularly with any updates you need to know, as well as information on great prizes to be won by top fundraisers, so keep an eye on those emails! We’ll also give you some great tips on training and fundraising to keep you going.  


  1. Do I need to be an experienced runner to take part?

The total distance is 7.5k, but you do not need to be an experienced runner to take part. We do, however, recommend training ahead of the day to make sure you conquer the full distance. Cairngorm Runners will marshal the full race from the first to the last runner, so you can take it at your own pace.

  1. Can I choose whether I start first or last?

If you are in it to win it, let our team know and we will allocate you the place at the beginning of the queue, so you can really test yourself out with racing the train! This is on first come first served basis.  

  1. Do I need any equipment?

All you need is a good pair of shoes for running and suitable clothing so you can focus on your race.  


  1. Do I need to fundraise?

The pandemic had a disproportionate impact on disabled community, as well as DSUK as a charity. It is supporters like yourself who allow us to continue our work of bringing the #powerofpowder to our community and therefore, we ask all participants of Race the Train to raise a target of £100 per person. To show our appreciation of your fundraising, first 1000 fundraisers who raise the target amount will be able to take a ride in the traditional steam train from Aviemore’s registration desk to Boat of Garten’s race starting point. It is, however, not mandatory to fundraise and you can take part in the race even if you do not fundraise at all. The registration ticket price covers your participation in the event.

  1. How do I fundraise?

The easiest way to fundraise for Race the Train is to use a JustGiving page. You can set up your Just Giving fundraising page here.

Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money to empower disabled people to ski or snowboard. Share your page on Facebook & Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media so be sure to share a link to your page!

Don’t forget, you can also use the JustGiving app on your iPhone or Android to update your page. You can also use this handy fundraising checklist to make sure you have everything covered.

  1. Can I use other page than Just Giving?

We would prefer you to use JustGiving. Over 21 million people have raised £1.5 billion for charity on JustGiving. The site makes online fundraising simple, fast, effective, and fun.

If you would like to use another provider, please do let us know so we can ensure we recognise your fundraising efforts as not all sites send us details of our fundraisers.