37th Annual Air Race Classic

It's time for the annual Air Race Classic, an all female pilot cross-country race.

For the first time since 1984, the race will start in the Tri-Cities.

Planes will be taking off out of Bergstrom Airport.

A number of small planes have been landing here in the Tri-Cities over the past several days.

Pasco is the starting point for the cross-country race that will make eight stops in several cities, eventually ending in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday.

Two of the pilots competing in the race say its not all about winning.

"Safety is number one in our minds," says Mary Gibb, one contestant who will be competing tomorrow.

"Same for me and the closer it gets, you're thinking 'Oh it's going to be fun and it doesn't matter where you place,' but as it gets a little closer, you start thinking, 'Well, it'd be pretty cool to win," says Cathy Darcy, Gibb's co-pilot.

The all women's race has 47 planes and nearly 100 pilots of all ages ranging from college students to even a contestant in her eighties.