Σάββατο, 19 Οκτωβρίου 2013

SECOND international SEMIMARATHON 5000 m thessaloniki 19/10/2013



Great runners ready to shine in Thessaloniki 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 8,570 runners registered for the event! A registrations record beyond all expectation was set ahead of the 2nd International Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon and 5000m Road Race. A total of 8,570 were registered in the event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 and will become a huge party for all citizens and visitors of Thessaloniki. The registrations windows was officially closed two weeks before the competition kicks off, reaching a tally of 8,570 participants (some 2,300 of them will run the 21.1 km Half Marathon, while 6,270 will take part in the 5000m. Road Race). Such numbers indicate a 250% raise of participants, compared to last year’s event, in which there was a total of 3,424 runners. Given the ongoing interest in view of the 2nd Night Half Marathon, which is less than two weeks away, the Organizing Committee 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. Those participants who will obtain the 1,000 additional places will not have the opportunity to get the official competition T-shirt. However there will be no additionpenaltycost for their late inscription.
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.


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