On January 10, 2006 “Alexander the Great” Marathon was officially recognized and approved by the IAAF and AIMS for its immediate organization, starting from Pella and finishing at the statue of Alexander the Great at Thessaloniki seafront.
Since then, the organization is part of the official calendar of the IAAF, AIMS and SEGAS. The International Marathon “Alexander the Great” was rated with the bronze label (2010 – 2011), from World Athletics Federation (IAAF) and is member of the Association of International Marathons (AIMS).
It is the second largest sport event in Greece, after Athens Classic Marathon, and the top event in northern Greece, since it is attracting more than 7,000 participants. This year, entries in all four track competition of the International Marathon “Alexander the Great” is expected to exceed 8,000. This year, the very significant event for the city of Thessaloniki and generally for northen Greece will be held on April 21st, two weeks before Easter, as usual.
The start of the race is given from Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and the capital of ancient Macedonia and specifically from the statue of Alexander the Great. The finish is at the White Tower in Thessaloniki seafront. The route of the Marathon “Alexander the Great” is of low degree of difficulty. The main feature is the small altitude fluctuations whereas other features are: the continuous east direction, the long straight road and the limited residential areas until the 30th km. The route is ideal for creating high performance records.