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With a wingspan of 44.9 feet and a length of 60.3 feet, the F/A-18 Super Hornet is just one of the big attractions at this year’s California International Airshow.

The 26th annual show, held in Salinas, also features the U.S. Marines Harrier "Jump Jet" demonstration, U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle flights and a display by the impressive Showcopters. Other fly-bys, exhibits and demonstrations round out the two-day festival of flight.

For ticket information, visit the California International Airshow website or call 831.754.1983.

Big Sur International Marathon

Spectator Sports and Events

Laguna SecaMonterey County plays host to several world-class spectator sporting events each year, drawing visitors and competitors from all over the world. For golf fans, there's the AT&T's star-studded celebrity golf tournament. If car racing is more your speed, check out the Indy cars and other racing events at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Salinas plays host to an annual air show featuring military precision-flight squadrons and showcases bronco-bustin' cowboys at the Rodeo. Finally, if sheer determination and human willpower is what you're after, check out the world-class runners puffing down 26 miles on Highway One in what's been consistently called the Best Marathon in North America. Read on for details.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Big Sur International Marathon
California Rodeo
California International Airshow
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

February 5-11, 2007

Dennis Quaid, Justin Timberlake, Donald Trump, and Tom Brady. What does this foursome have in common? All four were among celebrities playing in the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. Featuring an all-star line-up of both pros and celebrities, this annual golf tournament is as much fun for serious duffers as it is autograph-seekers and star gazers.

Originally started by crooner Bing Crosby in 1937, this tournament has evolved over the decades into one of the most prestigious stops on the PGA Tour. Run almost entirely by volunteers—many of whom work year-round—the tournament is also one of the Peninsula's largest fundraisers, doling out a whopping four million dollars to local non-profits and other youth-oriented charities each year.

For more information, please call 800-541-9091; tickets will sell out fast as soon as the 2007 all-star line-up is announced.

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Big Sur International Marathon

April 29, 2007

It's 26.1 miles of some of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, some of the most challenging. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon may draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.

Named "Best Marathon in North America" by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, the Big Sur International Marathon continues to sell out earlier and earlier each year and, as a major destination marathon, draws entrants from all over the world. On their way from Big Sur to Carmel's Rio Road, runners wind through majestic redwoods and past Pacific Ocean views. Classical music—including a grand piano poised on Bixby Bridge—greets marathoners at each turn, providing inspiration that has been likened to a spiritual experience.

Related marathon-day events include a 21-mile power walk, 5K run, 9-mile walk, 10.6-mile walk, and marathon relay. An expansive sports expo takes place the day before the run at the Monterey Conference Center. Each year, the non-profit marathon board of directors donates $100,000 to local charities—half of it to those in the Big Sur area.

For more information, call 831-625-6226.

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California Rodeo Salinas

July 19-22, 2007 at the Salinas Sports Complex

Each July, the Wild West comes alive with the California Rodeo, Salinas. One of the most prestigious stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit and part of the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour, the Rodeo (locally pronounced ro-day-oh) attracts more than 1,000 top-ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for $250,000 in prize money annually. An outgrowth of the Spanish ranchero days when the semi-wild herds of cattle were gathered for branding, ear-marking and castration, the word rodeo is Spanish for "round-up." Today, the Salinas stop is the largest rodeo in the state, and includes the traditional events like barrel racing, bareback and saddle-bronc riding, bull-dogging, calf roping and steer wrestling.

Other-fun filled family events during the Rodeo's Big Week include an evening of cowboy poetry, the annual Kiddie Kapers Parade, and the daily Horse Parade. For more information, please call 800-771-8807 or 831-775-3100; tickets can also be ordered online at

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California International Airshow

September 30-October 1, 2006, Salinas

Blue AngelsEach autumn, the skies above Salinas come alive with the sights and sounds of the California International Airshow. Shows regularly feature top-notch military precision flying teams performing both formation flying and solo routines. Other past highlights of the three-day show have included:
  • The death-defying aerobatic stunts of Sean D. Tucker, flying in the world's most highly modified performance biplane, the Oracle Challenger Special
  • The amazing F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter
  • Eddie Andreni in the Stearman's solo and wing-walking act
  • Manfred Radius, "the king of glider aerobatics"
  • And an incredible fireworks show
Tickets can be ordered online at Or, for more information, please call 831-757-2951.

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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Experience the thrill of world-class motorcycle and auto racing in the heart of Monterey County. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the popular Monterey Sports Car Championship and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Racing enthusiasts flock here by the tens of thousands each year to watch professional drivers scream through the hairpin turns at top speeds.

The 2006 racing season leads off with the A1 Grand Prix of Nations March 10-12, with the U.S. Sports Car Invitational returning May 5-7; the 2006 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on July 21-23; the 33rd Annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on August 18-20, timed to coincide with the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach; and finally, the Monterey Sports Car Championships on October 20-22.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is recognized as one of the greatest road-race courses in the U.S. Call 800-327-SECA for tickets and event schedule.

If road bikes and mountain bikes are more your speed, you will want to make plans to attend the Sea Otter Classic, scheduled for April 12-15, 2007. This popular cycling festival features professional bicyclists ripping around the Laguna Seca track or maneuvering its tricky off-road course, with plenty of family-friendly bicyling, too. The teams participating in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin (2007 dates to be announced) mountain-bike relay take over the hills and dales around the park with some dare-devil night riding.

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