If you are downtown tonight and see the main streets closed for cars, don’t panic ! It is time for the 2nd Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon !
Quite a few renowned long-distance runners will honor the 2nd International Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon, on Saturday Oct. 19, joining the party which will see more than 9,000 participants occupy the main streets of the city by night.
The competition will not only have a huge participation in all, but will also host quite a few elite Greek runners, who will have the rare experience of such an after dark event.
Top-class runners such as Mihalis Parmakis, Kostas Poulios, Antonis Papadimitriou and Kostas Drosos, accompanied by Dimitris Tsiounis, Yannis Krekas and Iason Ioannidis will fight for the top spots at the Night Half Marathon.
Moreover, there is going to be the triathlon champion Grigoris Skoularikis joined by his sister Hara Skoulariki, while the women’s list boast with more renowned runners, such as Magda Gazea (winner of last April’s 8th “Alexander the Great” Marathon), Denise Dimaki, Vasiliki Karageorgaki and Efthymia Pouliopoulou.
The participants list has got some important names registered for the 5000 m Road Race as well. Pavlos Apostolidis, winner of the respective race of the 8th “Alexander the Great” Marathon six months ago, will do his best for another medal. The Road Race will be honored by two of the greatest current Thessaloniki sporting stars and Olympians, albeit not representatives of track & field: Swimmer Aris Grigoriadis and cyclist Yannis Tamouridis, both world champions in their field of expertise, will join the nighttime party and enjoy running the streets of Thessaloniki.
If you want to participate but did not register in time for the event the organisers have some good new for you! They decided to offer 1,000 more places for non-registered people who wish to participate in this nighttime running party. These 1,000 additional places (300 for the Half Marathon and 700 for the 5000m. Road Race) will be distributed on a first come – first serve basis, at the Registration Center of the Kaftanzoglion Stadium, which will be open on Thursday Oct. 17 and Friday Oct. 18, from 10:00 to 20:00.
So if you want to participate in this huge party for all citizens and visitors of Thessaloniki you still have time !
Starting Time: 18:42
Route description: The race starts at Nikis Avenue
The Halfmarathon route follows the streets: Nikis Avenue, Alexander The Great Avenue, Paraskevopoulou, Vasilisis Olgas Avenue, Vasileos Georgiou Avenue, Andronikou, Tsimiski, Politechniou, Kountouriotou Avenue, Salaminos, Nikis Avenue where the athletes finish in front of the White Tower, after three rounds.