The 1st International Marathon “ALEXANDER THE GREAT” was held on the 16th of April in 2006, and was the result of a vision of many people who represent athletic and cultural institutions all over Greece. MEAS TRITON of Thessaloniki, licensed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and under the auspices of SEGAS, HOC, the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, and with the cooperation of 52 bodies, institutional supporters, organizes the top sports event of Northern Greece. This event is of social, cultural, environmental, tourist and above all historical significance and it is the perfect representative of our city, of our Macedonia and our country, worldwide. Additionally, the International Thessaloniki Marathon is member of the International Marathons Association (AIMS) and it is included in the official annual calendar. As a consequence, no other marathon in the world is allowed to use the name of Alexander the Great.
Briefly The Route: The International Thessaloniki 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.
Briefly The Route: The race starts at the City Hall of Thessaloniki. The 5.000m. route follows the roads: Vasileos Georgiou Avenue, Andronikou, Tsimiski, Politechniou, Karatasou, Kountouriotou Avenue, Nikis Avenue, where the participants finish at Thessaloniki coastal road – Megalou Alexandrou Avenue (Alexander the Great Statue).
Briefly The Route: Once they cross Megalou Alexandrou Street they reverse left and continue in 28th Octovriou street in the opposite traffic lane. The runners are directed to Dendropotamou street in which they enter (right) heading to Karaoli Dimitriou street. As soon as they cross Karaoli Dimitriou street they reverse left and continue again in Dendropotamou street in the opposite traffic lane. The runners cross vertically El. Venizelou street, they are directed right to Thoma Hatzikou street and finally they enter a small road, Agamemnonos street. At the end of this road the runners enter Monastiriou Street (left) heading to the city centre of Thessaloniki. From now on, they follow the Marathon route from the 37th km and finish at Thessaloniki coastal road – Megalou Alexandrou Avenue (Alexander the Great Statue), where all races finish.