The International Alexander the Great Marathon is the second best marathon race in Greece after the Athens Classic Marathon.
The Marathon route is of low difficulty. Its main characteristics are the small altitude fluctuations and the long straight street that make it ideal for great records. Some other characteristic features are its constant east direction, the long straight street and the limited inhabited areas which it crosses until almost the 30th kilometer.
The race starts from Pella, in front of the statue of Alexander the Great on horseback, hardly a km from the homonymous archaeological site, and some 43 meters above sea-level. After the first km of downhill road, the athletes get onto the Thessaloniki-Edessa highway, following it for another 8 km, until they reach Chalkidona. This event is ideal for great records, due to its’ small altitude fluctuations and the long straight street.
The Marathon race starts at the Central Square of the Municipality of Pella in front of the statue of the “Alexander the Great”. The 10Km Road Race starts at the Municipal Stadium of Ampelokipi. The 5Km Road Race starts at Central Ampelokipi Square. The 1000m Road Race of Primary School Students and Social Offer starts at Nikis Avenue, at Aristotelous Square. All races finish at Thessaloniki coast line – White Tower.
This year the International “Alexander the Great” Marathon will take place on Sunday, 2nd of April 2017.
If you are a marathon enthousiast this run is the best way to explore one of the most interesting, exciting and historic cities with almost 2,300 years of history. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire.
In Thessaloniki you will discover numerous notable Byzantine and Roman Empire monuments, as well as an amazing infused culture and cuisine.