Statue of Alexander the Great on horseback, Pella
Alexander the Great Statue/White Tower, Thessaloniki
White Tower, Thessaloniki, Greece
The race starts from Pella, in front of the statue of Alexander the Great on horseback, hardly a km from the homonym 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.
At the 8th km the athletes enter the city of Chalkidona.
At the 9th km they meet the junction Veroia and Thessaloniki. After Chalkidona they leave the 10th km.
At the 13th km the road passes through a bridge over the Axios River.
The 15th km is before the village Gefyra.
The 17th km is at the second exit of the Gefyra village.
The 20th km is right after the exit for Agios Athanasios at the national highway.
The 25th is a little after the crossroad of Nea Agchialos.
The 27th km is at the height of the Greek smelter company "Sidenor".
The 28th km passes over Gallikos River.
Precisely after the 30th km the athletes pass by Ionia (Diavata) and in front of the the premices of EKO, the Greek Petroleum Company (at the 32th km).
The 35th km is in the center of Kordelio, in Monastiriou Street.
At the 38th km the athletes turn right in Giannitson Street.
At the 39th the runners turn right in Dafnis Street and then left in Kountouriotou Avenue.
The 40th km is at the Court of Thessaloniki.
The 41st-42nd km is in Nikis Avenue.
The finish is at the White Tower.
The Alexander the Great marathon is an annual marathon race which is held between Pella and Thessaloniki, Greece, in mid-April. first held in 2006, the race starts Frompella ,alexander the great the birthplace of and capital of ancient Macedonia and finishes in Thessaloniki .it received IAAF bronze world record status in 2010, and it is an aims-certified race. in addition to the marathon race, the day's events include popular fun runs over five and ten Kilometres.
The 11th Alexander the Great Int’l marathon proved itself worthy of the high expectations, as the biggest sporting event in northern Greece. A total of 14.800 runners, aged 9-85 years, flooded the streets of Thessaloniki and Macedonia, lived a unique experience, won the applause of many fans and sent a message of fitness and health, through an event that has also social, cultural, environmental, touristic and historic character. An event that since 2006 is “joining” Pella with Thessaloniki and displays throughout the world the name of alexander the great.
The support is very little along the first 40km, and it gets rather lonely. The finish though, along the coast of the town is rather impressive with drums beating and a lot of people cheering on! It was worth it getting there! The course is mostly flat with some minor hills, but the weather (if sunny) can be a problem! Also,Runners face the sun all the time.The scenery includes farms and small villages, so there is no shadow.
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