May 2018


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Professional Boxing — Premiere Boxing Champions bouts begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Featured bouts: Welterweight showdown with Josesito Lopez vs. unbeaten 147-pound contender Miguel Cruz; former world champion Anthony Dirrell takes on El Paso’s Abraham Han in a 168-pound battle; and unbeaten Jorge Lara squares off against Claudio Marrero in a featherweight match. Tickets: $25-$200 (Ticketmaster).

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Individual tickets: $11-$30. Promotions and game times to be announced. Information: 533-BASE or
  Special rates for military, first responders and veterans Monday through Thursdays (except July 2-4) via or at the ballpark box office with valid ID.
  Regular promotions include Military Mondays, Tacos Tues & Brews, Seniors East Free Wednesdays, Thank you Thursdays, Fetch the Fun Fridays, Fireworks Saturdays and Kids Day Sundays.
  Regular game time is 6:35 p.m. weeknights (through May); 7:05 Friday-Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
April 30-May 3: Reno Aces. Dri-fit shirt giveaway Tuesday. Wednesday game 11:05 a.m.
May 8-11: Tacoma Rainiers. Baseball cap giveaway Wednesday.
May 17-20: Fresno Grizzlies.
May 30-June 3: Sacramento River Cats. Fanny pack giveaway Sunday.

El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame — The Prices Give Em Five Hall of Fame Banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Information:
  This year’s inductees:
Living Athlete: William Licon, Robert Rodriguez and Brandon Wolfram.
  Coach/Administrator: Marc Bombard and Rennie Rebe
  Media Supporter of Athletics: Manny Ontiveros
  Official Category: Bernie del Hierro
  Posthumous Category: Manuel X. Aguilar.

La Muerte de Las Cruces — Las Cruces’ Women’s Football Alliance’s home games are at the Las Cruces Public Schools’ Sports Complex’s “Field of Dreams,” 2501 Tashiro. The team is part of the WFA’s Mountain Conference. Tickets: $5 ($3 children). Information: (575) 639-0750,, or on Facebook at La MuerteDeLas Cruces.
May 5: Santa Fe Dukes
May 12: Utah Blitz.

Borderland Roller Derby — The next bout for the former “Sun City Roller Girls” is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27, El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, featuring the Las Viudas Negras vs. Las Diablas. Tickets: $10; ($7 with valid military ID; $1 for ages 10 and younger; or $8 each for pack of six) at Information: or on Facebook.
  Next bout is a June 24 doubleheader with Catrinas vs. Viudas Negras and Chuco Town Chulas vs. Las Diablas.

Orange Fever Fiesta — The Miner Athletic Club’s annual celebration and fundraiser for UTEP student-athlete scholarships is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Grace Gardens Ballroom, 6701 Westside Drive. Join UTEP coaches, student-athletes and supporters for this an evening of food, drinks, live music and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $100; $1,000 table for ten; sponsorships $3,500- $5,500; sponsorship packages also available. Information: 747-8759, mac@utep.ecu or

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with the 70th running of the $3 million All American Futurity on Labor Day. Regular post time is 1 p.m. Fridays through Sundays; times vary on Trial Race days. Call or check website for other dates and times. General admission and parking are free, except for select weekends. Grandstand seating: $15 (counter seat); $50-$60 tables; $45-$100 boxes. Turf club reservations are $20; valet parking is $7. Information: (575) 378-4431 or
  Stakes races:
May 26-28: Ruidoso Futurity trials
June 1: Mountain Top Futurity Trials
June 2: Dash for Speed
June 3: First Lady Handicap

College Sports


El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 19 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 503-6544 or
• Cycling is 7 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Ascarate Park.
• Track and Field is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta. Cost: $8 (RSVP).

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2018 season runs May 18-July 26. Teams are Alpine Cowboys, Roswell Invaders, White Sands Pupfish, Santa Fe Fuego, Tucson Saguaros, Ruidoso Osos, Trinidad Triggers, Garden City Wind California City Whiptails, Monterey Amberjacks,High Desert Yardbirds and Bakersfield Train Robbers. Full schedule:
  Area teams:
  Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in Alpine, Texas. Information:
  White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs Park, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information:
  Roswell Invaders play at Joe Bauman Park, 2500 SE Main, in Roswell, N.M. Information:
  Ruidoso Osos play at Whites Mountain Park, 685 Hull Road in Ruidoso, N.M. information:

Memorial Day Hang-Gliding Fly-In - Rio Grand Soaring Association’s 35th annual fly-in is Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, at Griggs Sports Complex/Dry Canyon, Alamogordo, weather permitting. Flights usually begin around mid-morning. Several hang-gliding pilots will ride the thermals above Alamogordo at the Rio Grande Soaring Association’s spring fly-in. To watch them, head for the landing zone at the Griggs Sports Complex (Florida Ave. and Fairgrounds MayRoad). Call for details: 1-800-826-0294 (Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce) or

Basketball shooting camp — Top shooting coaches Dave Hopla and Mike Evans will lead camps for boys and girls in grades 4-12 Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, at El Paso High School. Several sessions available. Cost is $60. Register at or call 491-0268.
  Hopla, who coached Kobe Bryant, has 30 years experience and has served as shooting coach for several NBA teams. Evans has over 15 years experience as a shooting coach, working with high school and college players.
  Hosted by El Paso High School Boys Basketball Boosters.


El Paso Bike Month
— In celebration of May as National Bike Month, a variety of rides will be offered throughout the month for riders of all levels. All rides are free and open to the public. Information: or epbikemonth on Facebook.
  Events begin at San Jacinto Plaza unless listed otherwise.
• Bike Mechanics Class offered 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday at The Bicycle Company, 3434 N. Mesa.
• Critical Mass evening ride 7:30-midnight Friday, April 27. Bike month t-shirts will be sold.
• Zombie Bike Month rides is 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 30. Zombie Poker Ride is 7 p.m. Monday, May 7. Zombie Alley Cat ride is 8 p.m. Monday, May 14. Zombie Ride is 8 p.m. Monday, May 21.
• Star Wars Ride & Cumbia After Party is 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 4.
• Cinco de Mayo Ride is 6-7 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
• Mural Downtown Cruise is Sunday, May 6. Meet at 4 p.m. Ride leaves at 4:30.
• Disco Ride is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Tour of El Paso — EP Cyclists’ 5th annual Time Trial Criterium and Road Race are Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.
• Criterium events are 7 a.m. to noon Saturday on Global Reach (off Spur 601 near Fort Bliss). Races are 45 to 60 minutes on a 1.8 mile circuit.
• Time Trials begin are 3-6 p.m. Saturday at McKelligon Canyon. Riders will climb the 2.5-mile course separated by 30-second start times.
• Road Races of 35, 50, 65 and 72 miles begin 7 a.m. Sunday at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Fabens.
  Various USAC categories for men, women and juniors.
  Cost: $25 for Time Trial, $30 for Criterium and $50 for Road Race. Omnium cost (all three events) is $70. One-day license for those who do not have USAC license is $10 per day. Registration at; closes May 4. Fee is $10 extra after April 29.

Ride of Silence — A silent noncompetitive cycling event to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, starting on the historic plaza in Mesilla. Information:

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: Ride schedule at Repeat riders are encouraged to become a member of the club; dues are $18 a year or $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Join at
  Wednesday night rides, a tradition for over 25 years, are leaderless rides of 18-22 miles. The favorite route is a 20-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Most riders begin about 5:15-5:30 p.m. leaving from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). Park on dirt shoulder across from shopping center.
  Optional dinner afterward at Hello Pizza, 1071 Country Club Rd.


Henry Kellen Memorial Golf Open — The 2nd annual tournament benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, 1858 Cottonwoods. Four-person scramble. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Registration: $100 through March 30; $125 after (deadline is April 18); includes cart rental, unlimited use of range before play, breakfast, catered lunch after play, drink tickets, & commemorative gift. Information: 351-0048 or

PGA Junior Golf League — First Tee of Greater El Paso seeks players age 8-13 for the summer PGA Jr. League Team. Players must not turn 14 before July 31, 2018, and those who register must be in town for each Sunday match. Practices begin in May. Fee: $200: Information: 252-6511.

Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf events for girls are 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19 (location to be announced), and Saturday, June 2, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: Registration:
  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for ages 7-17.

Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament — The Ronald McDonald House of El Paso will host its 26th annual tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Registration: $250 per person ($500 two-person teams). Event time, information: 542-1522, or on Facebook.
  The annual dinner and auction, “Tropical Paradise” is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Coronado Country Club; reservations required. Dress is tropical or casual chic. Tickets: $50 ($500 table).
  The tournament and dinner is Ronald McDonald House’s biggest fundraising event each year.

Edwards-Zuloaga Golf Championship — The 70th annual championship golf event is Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Championship and senior championship, as well as ladies division, flighted men’s divisions and a junior division featured. Information: 772-7381 or

Ascarate Junior Golf Tournament — The 56th annual tournament for age 18 and younger, hosted by First Tee, is Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Registration (through June 8): $50; caddies allowed for players 10 and younger only. Information: 252-6511 or
  Qualifying tournament for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego, Calif. July 9-13.

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Special Olympics Spring Games — The Area 19 2018 Spring Games’ main events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere. Events include basketball, track and field, motor activities. The “Athlete Village” will feature different games, music and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 533-8229, or on Facebook at Special Olympics Texas - Greater El Paso Area.
  Opening Ceremonies are 6:25 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Burges High School, 7800 Edgemere, featuring recognition of athletes, sponsors, coaches and other volunteers. A Victory Dance follows.
  Golf Competition is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Underwood Golf Course on Fort Bliss, 3200 Coe.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 16 weeks” program designed to improve cardiovascular health and stamina with self-paced walks for ages 50 and older, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Session runs through July 30. Fee: $12 per month per walker; includes tracking progress for 12 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration ongoing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community

Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: or 532-5524. Tournament registration (enter ID#).
  Star Spangled Banner 10 & Under and Juniors Super Set is Saturday, May 5, at El Paso Country Club.

Gus Macker Basketball Tournament - The annual 3-on-3 tournament is held at several sites throughout the county. Information:
  Southern New Mexico events:
• Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, Field of Dreams Sports Complex, 2501 Tashiro, in Las Cruces.
• Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, in Mescalero, N.M.

Kids’ Fishing Derby — Ascarate Fishing Club hosts it quarterly free fishing event for ages 3-16 kids 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Free use of poles for all registered kids. Information: 478-0406 or on Facebook at officialascaratefishingclub.

JackPot Ranch Sorting Open — Lower Valley Horseman’s Association hosts the first in a series of four events at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Lower Valley Coliseum, 894 S. Horizon Boulevard in Socorro. There will be high point team awards and reserve in both divisions and an all around for year end. Membership required to compete for year end. Spectator admission is free. Cost for participants varies starting at $75, plus cattle fees; call for cost and rules. Information: 852-1884 or
  Event held in conjunction with the annual Pod of the Pass Chili Cookoff, Tradin’ Days and Equine Expo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the stables.

Archery classes for beginners — The Archers of El Paso Club hosts two-hour supervised shooting classes 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday at the Archers of El Paso Range, in Northeast El Paso off Martin Luther King at Stan Roberts. Bows and arrows provided for the seminar. Youth and adults age 7 and older welcome; parents must be present for kids age 16 and younger. Reservations required; limited number of spaces available each month. Cost: $20. Information, reservations: Ricardo Urias, 487-8199 or (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

Wednesday Night Trap Shooting League — El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda El Paso host a weekly trap shooting league at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Non-members are welcome to participate. Cost: $12. Information: 494-6665 or

Motor Sports

Arroyo Seco Raceway
— The Southern New Mexico track is located off Hwy 549, off I-10 at the Akela exit, with drag racing, motorcycle racing, sportscar testing and more. Call for ticket prices and times. Information: (575) 494-4794 or
  ASMA Track Days are May 5 and 12.
ASMA Roadracing is May 5-6 and June 2-3.
  Drag Racing is Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, and June 9-10 (tentative).

Southern New Mexico Speedway — 11 miles west of Las Cruces exit 132, off I-10. Take south frontage road to Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing at 7:45 p.m. Regular season runs through late October. General admission: $12; free for age 10 and younger; $30 family pack; $35 pit passes. Information: (575) 524-7913, or on Facebook.
  Cinco de Mayo Night is Saturday, May 5.
  Salute to Indy event and races are Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27.
  Practice is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes: $25.

Running events

Run/Walk for Autism
— Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 10th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 28, at Southwest University Park, 1 Ballpark Plaza, Downtown. Registration (by April 12): $20 ($15 military and students; $10 child with autism); $25 April 13 and after for everyone. Information: 772-9100 or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.
  Entry forms are available and can be turned in at the Autism Society of Texas-El Paso’s office, 9915 Montwood and Up and Running, 3233 North Mesa #205.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 6th annual USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at El Paso Community College, 9570 Gateway North. T-shirt for the first 250 registered participants; food and drinks at the finish line. Registration: $25 per event through April 21; $30 on race day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and race day packet pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.

Knights 5K4PK — The 7th annual competitive 5K Run and 1- mile castle walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (parking lot near softball field on Anise). The event is in remembrance of Danny Pecquete to benefit Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. Registration: $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Information: 881-4590. Registration at
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Up and Running East, 1475 George Dieter, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line.

Cantina 10K — The 4th annual Marks Cantina 10K run and 2K walk benefiting the Archer House is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at in the Rudolph Plaza Shopping Center, 3233 N. Mesa. Cost: $30 through May 3; $35 May 4-5. Chili cook-off will also be held. Registration: Information: Chris Rowley, 478 5663.

Braden Aboud Memorial Run — The 12th annual 5K run and 5K/1-mile fun run/walk benefiting the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at 5265 Roxbury (parking lot of Zach White Elementary), with multiple vendors, music, inflatable attractions, dog adoptions, and more at the race site. Registration: $20 ($10 19 and younger). No race day registration for competitive run. Information: 833-0393 or
  Registration at
  The foundation, named after a local middle school student killed in a skiing accident, is dedicated to improving the health and educational development of El Paso’s youth.

Cloudcroft Ultra 53K and 9.5-miler — The long-distance trail run is Saturday, May 12, at Zenith Park Pavilion in Cloudcroft, N.M. The 53K begins at 7 a.m. and 9.5 miler at 7:30 a.m. Both races are an out-and-back on the Rim Trail (T105). Registration: $45 per event. Proceeds benefit the Cloudcroft Runners and Cloudcroft High School Cross Country Team. Registration:

Wicked Wine Run — The 5K run and 1K Tasting Walk is Saturday, May 12, at La Viña Winery, 4201 Hwy 28 in La Union, N.M. with 5K run at 5:30 p.m. and 1K tasting walk at 7 p.m. with four wine stations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $50 starting April 24; $50 for each event; $75 for both (may be higher on race day). Parking is $10. All runners must be 21 or older. Information: Registration at
  Awards offered for top finishers as well as for most outrageous costume.

Fallen Officer Memorial Run — El Paso Municipal Officers Association’s 5th annual 10K and 5K runs and 1-mile walk in memory of Officer Norman Montion and 03 other fallen heroes is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Race day registration and packet pick-up is 7 to 7:45 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 on race day. Discount for teams of 15 or more. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222 or Registration at
  Packet pick-up is 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 17-18, at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, in the Fountains at Farah.

Carrera por un Corazon de Niño — The 5K competitive run and 1 mile run walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, May 20, at Union Park plaza, 117 Anthony. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $20 by May 18; $25 after. Registration: Information:
  Packet pick up is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and on race day at the start line 7 to 7:45 a.m.
  Proceeds go towards cardiovascular operations and procedures for congenital heart disorders of children in Juarez.

Vision Unlimited 8K — The 8K, 5K run and 1-mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Details to be announced. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; registration at

Lee and Beulah Moor Walk/Run for Families in Crisis — The Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home hosts the 16th annual 5K competitive race and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park. First 500 registered runners receive t-shirts. Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. Cost (by May 18): $18 ($20 after May 18); $15 military/student teams of 10 or more ($18 after May 18); $25 on race day). Online registration at Information: 544-8777 or
  Packet pick up is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 1.
  Proceeds benefit the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Founded in 1959, the home provides a wide range of services and programs for families in the El Paso region in need of child support and care.

Run Through the Clouds 10K — Cloudcroft Runners host the 10k run/walk and 1 mile Kids Dash benefiting Cloudcroft School Tutoring Program Saturday, June 2, starting at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, N.M. Kids Dash starts at 8 a.m. and 10K at 8:30 a.m. Run is on a mountain course with dirt and paved roads throughout the Village of Cloudcroft. Kids Dash is a 1-mile gravel trail loop around Zenith Park. Refreshments at finish line. Cost: $30; $35 on race day; ($10 kids dash for age 9 and younger; $15 on race day). Information: (575) 430-7634. Registration (by May 31) at
  Packet pickup is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Pavilion at Zenith Park on Hwy 82, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line

Sun City Splash & Dash — Race El Paso’s new youth swim-run event for ages 7 to 15 is 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Ascarate Pool and Park, 6900 Delta. Family pool party follows event. Space is limited. Entry fee: $25. Ascarate Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle. Information: 256-1765. Online registration at

Mission Valley Duathlon — Race El Paso’s USAT-sanctioned 5K run/20K bike/5K run at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at Tigua Recreation & Wellness Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez. Registration (through April 30): $60 individual duathlon; $45 two person relay; $30 three person relay; $30 5K.
Information: 256-1765. Registration at
The first run is followed by a 20K bike on the historical Mission Trail/Socorro Road and the second run takes participants back through the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo neighborhood.

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