Le Petit Train

Sunday 2 July 2023

2 refreshments

From 25€ to 40€


1 500m d+


The historic railway line of the Petit Train de La Mure was opened in 1888. It was used to transport coal to Grenoble from different mining areas of the Matheysin. It was also used to transport the miners and other people working in and around the mines.

After a century of service, this mythical railway line was adapted as a tourist attraction in 1988, until its closure in October 2010 due to a rockslide on the line. This ended 122 years of service!

Since its creation, the TPM has always highlighted this historic railway line, pillar of the Matheysin historical and cultural legacy. Participants have to run along important sections of this railway line during the Big Race 65km, then the 3e Poste since 2017.

In June 2017, the announcement of the project to revive Le Petit Train de La Mure as a tourist attraction, and the return of the little red wagons on the line between Monteynard and La Mure from 2020 (postponed to Summer 2021 due to the sanitary situation) created a magnificent excitement on the Matheysin plateau. Therefore, it is quite natural that the TPM organization joins this news by creating a new event in 2018 to celebrate in our way the restart of Le Petit Train de La Mure. This race will start in Monteynard and finish in La Mure, following the overall route of the railway line, and taking you along some remarkable sections of the line.

Trail race

You can find all the details of the route of the Petit Train 2023 by clicking on the link below:

The natural spaces we are working on and the people who are taking care of those lands and territories, which you will be crossing for the race, are factors we do not control 100%. Therefore, we sometimes have to make changes to our different routes, which can slightly modify the distance and/or the altitude difference. This distance and altitude difference is therefore given as an indication.

Practical information



Time and departure8:30am in Monteynard (Monteynard city) on Sunday 2 July 2023


ArrivalLa Mure


Distance30 km


Altitude1500 m elevation gain


Refreshment stations
  • 1 refreshment station on the race at km 14,5 – La Mine Image
  • 1 refreshment station on the race at km 20,5 – Les Signaraux
  • 1 refreshment station at the arrival in La Mure

We remind you that we will not give you glasses on refreshment stations (during the race and at the finish line). You need to have your personal glass



Collection bibs
  • Saturday 01 July : in the Môle located 200m from the beach of Mayres Savel from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 02 July : at the train station of La Mure from 6:00 am to 8:30 am

Be careful, no bibs will be distributed at the start site in Monteynard.



Registration fees
  • 25€ for the first 75 registrants
  • 30€ for the next 75 registrants
  • 35€ for the next 75 registrants
  • 40€ on the remaining bibs.


Age requirement To be born in 2003 or before


Finish line closure
  • At the refreshment station in La Mine Image (km 14,5) at 11:30 am
  • At the refreshment station of Signaraux (km 20,5) at 1:00 pm
  • At the Arrival at 3:00 pm 


  • Mandatory equipment: 0,5L tank of water + 1 survival blanket + 1 hat + 1 food supply + 1 fully charged cell phone + 1 whistle + 1 cup 
  • Recommended equipment: 1 waterproof jacket
  • Tolerated equipment: telescopic poles (must be folded at the departure)



A bus service will take participants to the start in Monteynard from La Mure, where the bib collection and arrival will be held.

This shuttle must be booked, when you register online, at a cost of 2€/person. 

Reservations are possible until Friday 30 June at 12.00. After this date, no more reservations will be possible

This bus will leave from La Mure at 7:30 am.




Le Petit Train is part of several labels:

  • ITRA: Le Petit Train will allow you 2 ITRA points.
  • UTMB Qualifier: The race is part of the UTMB Qualifier 20 km.