The official lightning ceremony of the
Alexander Flame will take place on Saturday morning, the previous day of the
Marathon at the archaeological site of Pella, in cooperation with the
Municipality of Pella and the Archaelogical Museum of Pella.
The Flame of Sports and Culture, the Flame of the human strength, that represents the strength of body and spirit, is transferred by torch relay to the White Tower, in Thessaloniki.
On the same day in the afternoon, the Alexander Flame after passing through theroutes of the racing programme, where the local authorities schedule honorary events, it leads to the final destination, to its altar until the next day noon, till the last runner finishes. The Alexander Flame keeps warm the hearts of both the athletes and spectators who participate in the great feast of the Marathon of history. A route from the ancientGreek culture until nowadays, full of Greece, full of messages and sympolisms.
11:30 Lighting Ceremony of the Alexander Flame at the archaeological site of Pella. Delivery of the flame to Pella’s Mayor mr. Stamκos Grigorios, member of the Organising Committee.
12:00 Torch relay start
12:10 Transit of the flame from the Archaeological Museum of Pella
12:15 Reception of the flame at the start by a member of the Organising Comittee at the central square of Pella, by the statue of Alexander the Great.
12:30 Reception of the flame by the Mayor of Municipality of Chalkidona, mr Ioannis Tsouknidas, member of the O.C., at the Central Square of the Municipal Community of Nea Chalkidona.
13:20 Reception of the flame by a member of the O.C., at the Museum of Balkan Wars, at Gefira Thessaloniki.
13:50 Reception of the flame by a member of the O.C., at the Unicellular Macedonian Tomb of Agios Athanasios.
14:20 Reception of the flame by a member of the O.C., at Nea Mesimvria Central Square (Cultural Association Square)
15:00 Reception of the flame by the mayor of Municipality of Delta, mr Mimis Fotopoulos, member of the O.C. at Sindos Central Square. 15:30 Reception of the flame by a member of the O.C. at Pontius Square, municipal district of Diavata. 15:50 Reception of the flame by a member of the O.C. at Kordelio Central Square. 16:00 Reception of the flame by the Mayor of Kordelio-Evosmos mr Petros Soulas, member of the O.C., at Evosmos Square.
16:30 Reception of the flame by member of the O.C., at the starting point of 10km Race, by the (Marathon runners) statue, at the Municipal Stadium of Ampelokipi-Menemeni.
16:45 Reception of the flame by the Mayor of Municipality of Ampelokipi-Menemeni mr. Lazaros Kirizoglou, member of the O.C., at Ampelokipi-Eptalofos Square.
17:15 Reception of the flame at TIF-HELEXPO, at Trade Gate (north gate, Egnatia str.), by the Administratiion Board. Passage through TIF-HELEXPO to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
17:30 Reception of the flame at the Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki . After that, the Alexander flame passes through the centre of Thessaloniki (Tsimiski str., Politechniou str., Karatasou str., Kountouriotou str.), via Nikis Avenue, to end up to the final destination, at the statue of Alexander the Great which is the finish line for all the races of the racing program.
18:00 Reception of the flame by Thessaloniks mayor mr. Giannis Mpoutaris, member of the O.C.. Placing of the flame by the salter Sport. The Alexander Flame will warm up all of the attendants hearts until finished. On Sunday April 1st 2018.
17:30- 19:30 Festive Events. Participation of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Greece and of cultural associations of the Union Cultural Institutions of Thessaloniki.