The Feasts of the Muses in 1972 being its precursor, the Olympus Festival was transformed through its course of time to a contemporary cultural institution, which counts thousands of friends and stands high for its aesthetics and the completeness of the cultural events it presents every summer. Within its long presence in the artistical events of northern Greece, the Festival recollects important moments and splendid unforgettable shows of greek and international artists. Great creators, big theatre actors and important artistic groups have honoured the Olympus Festival and have marked it as a cradle of civilization for the whole region.
With passion and imagination, the Olympus Festival continues its journey in alliance with the unalterable by the time conditions it has set and invites everybody, this year as well, to short escapes from the daily routine in the beautiful Pieria. With vigour and verve, the Olympus Festival climbs one more summer on the Castle of Platamon to gaze at the big blue of Thermaikos Gulf and strolls around the archaeological parks of Dion, Livithra and Pydna. Right there, works of man – unique musical and theatrical performances – invite all guests to magic and dreamy nights under the star-spangled sky of Pieria. The Festival has for many years been the top cultural event of Pieria as well as of Macedonia and Thessaly, with impact all over Greece and international perspective. The events of the Festival take place at locations of historical and archaeological importance, such as the Ancient Theatre of Dion, the Castle of Platamon, ancient Livithra, the Byzantine Temple of the Assumption of the Virgin in Kontariotissa and others.
Marathon was born in Marathon of our Greece in 490 B.C. by the heroic effort of the soldier Phedippides who ran this distance to announce to the Athenians the victory of the Greeks, falling dead due to the overexertion. Today in every corner of the world thousands of marathons are being conducted, making thus this sport the one with the most participants in the world and the word marathon, the only common one among all spoken dialects worldwide.
The International Marathon “ALEXANDER THE GREAT”, refers to the route Pella-Thessaloniki. Pella is the ancient capital of Macedonia and the birthplace of the great Commander, whereas Thessaloniki is the modern Hellenic metropolis of Macedonia. This International Marathon which symbolizes one of the most recognizable personalities of humanity, Alexander the Great, is not just a major and International sporting event. It is a path in history, a path in ancient Greek culture, a Path full of Greece.
The first International Marathon “ALEXANDER THE GREAT” was held on the 16th of April in 2006, and was the result of a vision of a great amount of 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 for 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, though out the world .
The International Marathon is member of the International Marathons Association (AIMS) and it is included in the official and annual calendar. As a consequence, no other marathon in the world is allowed to use the name of Alexander the Great.
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