In fact more world track and field track records have been set in Modesto than any other city in the world. The Coca Cola Modesto Relays, and its predecessors, are the home of 34 world records, the first of which was set in the inaugural Modesto Relays in 1942 by Cornelius Warmerdam in the pole vault.
In addition to the Coca Cola Modesto Relays Modesto is a great place of a variety of sports including baseball, softball, golf, wrestling and a host of other sports.
In recent years Modesto has hosted the National Association Softball Association Western World Series (twice), the World Sambo Open Championships, the United States Junior Handball Championships, the California Police Summer Games, the California State Women’s State Bowling Championship, the Western Women’s Professional Bowling Tournament, the Special Olympics Central Valley Regional Track Qualifier, the California Women’s Senior State Bowling Tournament, and the NCAA Division II National Golf Championship.
So if you are looking to get in a little recreation while visiting Modesto you are in luck. Modesto boasts three municipal golf courses in addition to being with a few minutes drive of some of the best private golf courses in California -- Stevenson Ranch, Diablo Grande and Del Rio Country Club.
If baseball is your game spend a few hours at John Thurman Field watching the Modesto Nuts, a single A affiliate of the always competitive Colorado Rockies. If you’re a true baseball fan you could have seen some of the best players in the past thirty years in Modesto. Players including Hall of Fame inductees Reggie Jackson, Joe Morgan, Rollie Fingers called Modesto home. Future Hall of Fame players including Mark McGuire, and Rickey Henderson started their professional baseball careers in Modesto. Other current and former major league players including Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Tim Hudson and former Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa and Cincinnati Reds Manager Sparky Anderson also spent time in the Modesto A’s dugout. John Thurman Field is only a five-minute drive from downtown and 10 minutes from north Modesto. Tickets range from $5 to $8 per seat and the best part of minor league baseball is that there is not a bad seat in the house.
For the more extreme athletes Modesto is also the home of a four year old 13,000 square skate park located at Beyer High School that is free to all and is open year round.
Throughout the year thousands of baseball and softball players head to Rainbow Fields for numerous baseball and softball tournaments ranging from weekly local events to state and national qualifying tournaments and championships in the National Softball Association, Baseball Players of America, Baseball of America Super Series. Rainbow Fields features five playing field specifically designed to fit the needs of various age groups. The park like setting provides a relaxing environment to either play or watch a game.
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