April 2017


College Sports
Horse Sports
Motor sports
Runs and Walks
Leagues and Classes
Motor sports
Winter sports

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El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 17 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 544-0753, 503-6544, 240-3320, or seniorgames@elpasotexas.gov. Web: elpasotexas.gov/parks.
• Basketball is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge ($45 team fee).
• Bowling is 9 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano.
• Tennis is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Memorial Park Tennis Courts, 3251 Copper.
• Cycling is 7 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Ascarate Park.
• Road Race (running) and Race Walk are 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North
• Track and Field is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta. Cost: $8 (RSVP).

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday through April 18. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races each day.
• Saturday, April 1: West Texas Derby and Sunburst Stakes
• Saturday, April 8: New Mexican Spring Futurity
• Saturday, April 15: West Texas Futurity and West Texas Juvenile Stakes
• Sunday, April 16: Copper Top Futurity.

Chihuahuas Championship Dinner — Steve Garvey, Former Los Angeles Dodgers MVP & World Series Champion, headlines the El Paso Chihuahuas’ annual pre-season event benefiting the Chihuahuas Foundation 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the El Paso Convention Center. The event will be a celebration of the Chihuahuas 2016 Pacific Coast League (PCL) Championship as well as the first opportunity to meet the 2017 team, coaches and staff. The cocktail hour is 6 p.m. followed by dinner, a sit down interview with Chihuahuas manager, Rod Barajas, Garvey and Chihuahuas broadcaster, Tim Hagerty, and a live auction. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 nine person table; each will feature a Chihuahuas player or coach on a first come first serve basis). Tickets, information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
  Garvey is a 10-time MLB All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner.

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team opens its 2017 season April 6. Individual game tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
April 6-10: Las Vegas 51s. Game time is 7 p.m. April 6-8, 1 p.m. April 9 and 11 a.m. April 10. Giveaways include Rally Towels Thursday; Magnet Schedules Saturday; and Replica PCL Championship Rings Sunday, while supplies last.
  Baseball in Education Day is Monday, April 10.
April 18-21: Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 6:35 p.m. April 18-20 and 7 p.m. April 21. Youth Baseball Night is Tuesday; Fleece blanket giveaway Wednesdays; Salute to Service Thursday and Boy Scout Sleepover Friday.
April 22-25: Reno Aces. Game time is 7 p.m. April 22, 1 p.m. April 23, 6:35 p.m. April 24-25. Faith & Family Night is Sunday with sunglasses for age 12 and younger; Youth Football night is Monday and the 20th Anniversary of Men in Black night is Tuesday.
May 2-5: Albuquerque Isotopes. May 2-4 is 6:35 p.m., May 5 is 7 p.m. Teacher Appreciation Night Tuesday, Golf Night Wednesday, Nurses Night Thursday and Girl Scout Sleepover Friday.

Desert Heat Classic – Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo, hosts the body building competition all day Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, with local, regional and national competitors. There will also be many vendors located in Patron's Hall during both days of competition. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Michael G. Vasquez Baseball Tournament — The 23rd annual Memorial Baseball Tournament benefiting Candlelighters is Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, at Northeast Regional Park, 11270 McCombs. Entry fee per team is $185. Spectator fee: $2 at the door; or one kitchen-sized bag of gently used clothing. Information: 544-2222, 731-2296, 448-1864, or on Facebook at Candlelighters of El Paso.

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Las Diablas vs. Las Catrinas. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at the Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo, Uptown Cheapskate or any Roller Girl. Information: suncityrollergirls.com.

College Sports

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Game time is 3 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader), and 1 p.m. Sunday, unless listed otherwise. Ticket information: 747-6065 or utepathletics.com.
April 8-9: Western Kentucky
May 6-7: Florida Atlantic.

UTEP Tennis — UTEP’s home tennis matches are at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain (in Arroyo Park). Matches start at 11 a.m., unless other mentioned. Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or utepathletics.com.
• Sunday, April 9: UTSA
• Saturday, April 15: NMSU

UTEP Track Invitational — Top-ranked university track teams and other athletes will compete in the annual all-day track meet Saturday, April 22, at Kidd Field, UTEP. Information: 747-5347, 747-6841 or utepathletics.com.

Tejanas softball - The EPCC Tejanas’ home games are at the Valle Verde Softball Field. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or epcc.edu/Athletics. Softball office: 831-2367.
  Regular game time is 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise listed. All games doubleheaders. Upcoming games:
April 15-16: Frank Phillips
April 29-30: Odessa.

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College plays home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Most games are doubleheaders that begin at noon Fridays and Saturdays, except as noted. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275.
April 21-22: Western Texas
April 28-29: Odessa
May 5-6: Frank Phillips

NMSU Men’s Baseball — The Aggies’ home games are at Presley Askew Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Game time is 6 p.m. Tuesdays or Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Ticket information: (575) 646-4126 or nmstatesports.com.
April 4: Texas Tech
April 7-9: UT Rio Grande Valley
April 21-23: Northern Colorado
April 28-30: Grand Canyon
May 18-20: CSU Bakersfield

NMSU Women’s Softball — Home games at New Mexico State Softball Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Ticket information: (575) 646-4126 or nmstatesports.com.
March 31-April 1: Utah Valley, 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader)
April 14-15: UMKC, 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader)
April 18: Arizona, 4 p.m. (doubleheader)
April 28-29: Grand Canyon, 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader)
May 4: Florida Atlantic, 5 p.m.


Texas Hammerfest — The two-day USAC Sanctioned Road Stage Race for cyclists is Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in Fort Davis, Texas. Registration: $120-$145; closes March 29. Information: texashammerfest.info or usacycling.org.
  Stage One starts Saturday at Hotel Limpia with 10 miles up warm up six miles of climb, ending at the bottom of the observatory climb.
  Stage Two begins Saturday at Hotel Limpia with an 18 mile road race on Hwy 166 finishing at Crow’s Nest.

Coyote Classic XC Mountain Bike Race — The annual race, starting the New Mexico Off Road Series, is 8 a.m. to 4 .m. Sunday, April 2, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch), off Martin Luther King Jr. Categories for expert, sport, beginner and single speed. All racers must have a USAC License: day license available for $10. Registration starts at $45 through April 1; $15 juniors 18 and younger. No race day registration. Gate fee at Round House is $5. Information: 544-2453 or on Facebook at The Coyote Classic.
  Packet pickup is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Bicycle Company, 3443 N. Mesa, Suite A.

Full Moon Bike Ride — White Sands National Monument, 5 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts a Full Moon bike ride at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Dress warmly. Reservations begin one month in advance; space limited. Reservations via nps.gov/whsa. Fee is $8 per person; $4 ages 15 and younger, plus park entrance fee. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule at meetup.com/elpasobicycleclub. 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 elpasobicycleclub.com.
  Wednesday night rides, a tradition for over 25 years, are leaderless rides of 16-22 miles for cyclists of various abilities, beginning 5:45-6 p.m. from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). Park on dirt shoulder across from shopping center.
  Alternate starting point is River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club, leaving about 15 minutes earlier to meet up with riders at Rio Plaza. Optional dinner afterward at Hello Pizza, 1071 Country Club Rd.

EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of various paces and distances. Starting times and locations are posted at facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.

Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck's Bicycle Repair, 3029 Montana, hosts a variety of rides free of charge. Information: 791-2006, zlauser@yahoo.com or Facebook. Helmets required for all rides.

Horse Sports

Lower Valley Horseman’s Association — LVHA Gymkhana Saddle Series events are at Lower Valley Coliseum, 894 S. Horizon Boulevard in Socorro. The indoor facility has restrooms, cold drinks, snacks and secure parking. Spectator admission is free. Participants call for rules. Information: 852-1884 or liverystablesaloon.com.
• LVHA Jakpot Ranch Sorting is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8. Open division is $75, plus $10 cattle fee. Novice (cannot have won three times or earned $500) are $10 per go, limit to 3 goes, plus $15.00 cattle fee and $5 office fee.
• LVHA Saddle Series Gymkhana is 1 p.m. Sunday, April 9, the 2nd in a series of six with year end awards. Lead line entry is $30 for three events-barrels, flags and stake race; all others are $45(LVHA members $40) for five events, add sixth event for $6 or $10 per class, plus and $5 office fee.
• LVHA All Breeds Horse Show Saddle Series is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Entries: all day $50; LVHA members $45. Championship Classes ($8 per class; $10 per class double points.


EPMBA Golf Tournament
— El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association hosts its annual Dan Scholarship Fund benefit tournament noon, Friday, April 21, at Horizon Golf Conference Center, 16000 Ashford. Cost: $400 per team (includes green fee, cart and range balls); sponsorships available. Information: Gilbert Pedregon, 487-9014 or gilbert@assetep.com; Priscilla Ogaz, 588-2344 or priscilla.ogaz@fnf.com or Chris Morales, 241-6922 or cmorales@sierratitle.com.

Henry Kellen Memorial Golf Open — The tournament benefiting El Paso Holocaust museum is 9 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Cottonwoods Golf Course, 1598 Cottonwood. Four-person scramble. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration: $125; includes cart rental, unlimited use of range before play, breakfast, catered lunch after play, drink tickets, & commemorative gift. Information: 351-0048. Online registration at butterfieldtrailgolf.com/EPHM.

Multi-Vendor Demo Day — The NMSU Golf Course, host a demo day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, NMSU Golf Course Driving Range, 3000 Herb Wimberly, with live music from local musician, Tom Foster Morris, and PGA professionals help players the perfect golf clubs to improve their game. Admission is free. Reserve a spot: (575) 646-3219 or nmsugolf.com.
  Includes new technology from Titleist, Mizuno, Callaway, TaylorMade, Oakley, Edel and Ping.

WestStar Candlelighters Tee-Off — The 12th annual Candlelighters Golf Tournament benefiting Candlelighters begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course, 1200 McCombs. Four player scramble. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.; Rudy’s BBQ banquet and awards are 6 p.m. Registration (through April 17): $200 per player; $800 team of four. Information: 821-2122 or candlelighterselp.org.

Edwards-Zuloaga Golf Championship — The 69th annual championship golf event is Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 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 agcagolf.org.

Recreational Sports

Adult Sand Volleyball League —
City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will host Spring Adult 6 v 6 Sand Volleyball League registration 4 to 6 p.m. through April 1, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Fee: $250 per team, 50 percent due at the time of registration and the balance due at the manager’s meeting. Information: (575) 541-2563 or Athletics@las-cruces.org.
  Manager’s meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. Games begin week of April 24.

Public Ice Skating — Skating is offered 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Sierra Providence Event Center next to the Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Admission: $8 (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for $5. Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasohockey.org.

Special Olympics Texas Tennis Scramble — Special Olympics Texas in El Paso invites individuals to play or partner with one of the athletes in its 2nd annual Tennis Scramble 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, hosted by the El Paso Tennis & Swim Club, 2510 No St. Vrain. All proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Texas athletes in the community. Walk-up registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $20 per player (includes lunch); $20 to sponsor a player or Special Olympics Texas athlete; $150 to sponsor an athlete for one year. Registration offered at the El Paso Tennis Club or with Ed Phinney at 532-4373. Information: 533-8229 or mbaray@sotx.org
  This event is raises funds for providing sports training and competition for more than 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Greater El Paso area.

Special Olympics Spring Games — The Area 19 2017 Spring Games’ main events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 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, sotx.org or on Facebook at Special Olympics Texas - Greater El Paso Area.
  Opening Ceremonies are 6:25 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Burges High School, featuring recognition of athletes, sponsors, coaches and other volunteers. A Victory Dance follows.
  Other events:
• Cycling Competition — 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 2, at El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus parking lot, 919 Hunter.
• Gymnastic tournament — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino.
• Tennis tournament — 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Fort Bliss Tennis Center, 262 Club Road.
• Basketball tournaments begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19-22, at Del Valle High School, 950 Bordeaux.
• Golf Competition is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 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 12 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, April 3-July 28, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Fee: $12 per month per walker; includes tracking progress for 16 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.

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 r.uri2000@yahoo.com.mx (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

New Era Wrestling — The Lucha Libre shows are 7 p.m. Fridays at 10400 Dyer. Tickets; $7-$8. Information: 356-5113, elpaso.new@gmail.com or on Facebook at NewEraEP.

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 elpasoskeetandtrapclub.com
  The club is celebrating its 70th year anniversary.

Motor Sports

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. General admission: $12; free for age 10 and younger; $30 family pack; $35 pit passes. Information: (575) 524-7913, snmspeedway.com or on Facebook.
• ASCS Shootout is 7:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1. General Admission: $15; free for age 10 and under; family pack $35; pit pass $40.
• Casa Nissan Legends Spring Fling is Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22.
• Regular weekly racing season runs Saturdays, April 29-Sept. 23. Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing at 7:45 p.m.

El Paso Motorplex — The drag strip is at 13101 Gateway West, (east of El Paso at I-10 off Clint exit #42). Season opener bracket race is Saturday, April 8. Season runs through Nov. 4. Spectator admission: $5/ Information: 887-3318 or elpasomotorplex.com.

Running events

Hope Brings Change 5K — The inaugural 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $20; $15 military, child 12 and younger; per person groups 5 or more; $25 everyone after March 26. Information: 600-6251 ext. 107 ortina@hopecitycc.org. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the church or 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day.

Tumbleweed Run — The 5K run and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 1, at Mesilla Elementary, 2363 Calle Del Sur in Mesilla. All skill levels and age groups are welcome. 5K begins at 9 a.m. with run at 9:30 a.m. Registration: $30 5K; $15 fun run. Online registration at active.com.

Colors of Cancer race — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk at Sunday, April 2, at Cohen Stadium. Registration at 7 a.m. with competitive run at 8:30 a.m. and non-competitive run at 9 a.m. Cost: $30 non-competitive; $35 for the competitive; $15 non-competitive children. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org. Registration at ourcolorsruntogether.com.
  Participants are encouraged to wear a color associated with the ribbon color supporting the cancer. All the money raised from the 5K Run/Walk will stay in El Paso and will be administered through the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, the community’s local resource for cancer.

Spaceport America Relay Race — Spaceport America hosts a two-day, 200-mile, USA Track and Field sanctioned relay race event along the historic Rio Grande Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9. Race begins Saturday at El Paso County Coliseum, and ends Sunday in Sierra County. Team registration: $1,200 ($100 per teammate). A “Captain’s Reserve” is $120 to reserve a team slot (non-refundable). Information: spaceportamerica.com or gatewaytospace.com.
  Teams of 6 or 12 will run three of the 36 different race segments (legs) ranging from 2.0 miles to 13.2 miles of the total 200 mile distance.

AO’s Gift of Life Walk/Run — The 5K walk and run to raise organ donor awareness is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Skyline Optimist Youth Park, 5050 Yvette. This year’s run remembers Maile Rae. Gates open at 4 p.m. Pre-registration: $25 through April 15; free for ages 12 and younger. No late registration. Register in person at Skyline Gym (at the park) or online at aofia31.wixsite.com/aosgiftoflife. Information: 867-8620 or on Facebook at AO's Gift of Life.
  Packet pick up is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, April 17 and 19; and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Skyline Gym.

Mental Health in Motion 5K — The 2nd annual 5K race, 1 mile fun run and kid dash are 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Proceeds go towards providing an integrative wellness program at Family Service of El Paso. Registration: $25 per event; $20 per runner for teams of four or more in the 1 mile; $10 youth in the 1 mile. Free for age 13 and younger in the 1 mile and kids dash. Information: Family Service, 781-9900; Mike Coulter, 274-5222, or familyserviceofelpaso.org. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Family Service, 6040 Surety.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Two distances offered this year: 300-yard swim/18 mile bike/3-mile run; or 300-yard swim/9.3 mile bike/2-mile run. Cost for either distance: $100 through March 31; $110 April 1-21. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer.
  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.

Trailblazer 5K — The 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Spinal Cord Injury Foundation’s Gridiron Heroes is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano. Registration: $25 per event ($30 on race day). Information: Mike Coulter, or 274-5222, coultercmike@yahoo.com or racedaventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the school; race day pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line.

Giddyup Gallop — The 5K, Half Marathon and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 29, at Mayfield High School parking lot, 1955 North Valley, in Las Cruces, as part of the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. Registration: $30 5K ($75 with festival pass); $50 half marathon ($95 festival pass); fun run $10; free for kids 12 and younger. Registration at lascrucescountrymusic.com. Information: (575) 541-2361 or on Facebook at Giddyup Gallop.

Run/Walk for Autism — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 9th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta. Registration (by April 21): $20 ($15 military/students; $10 child with autism); $25 after April 21 for everyone. Information: 772-9100 or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.
  Pre-race packet pick-up and late registration is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa #205. Team packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 5th annual USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 30, 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 22; $30 on race day. Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 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.

Boys and Girls Club Cantina 10K — Boys and Girls Club of El Paso’s inaugural 10K and 5K runs and 1-mile fun walk is 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205. All runners receive short sleeved technical t-shirt, with food and refreshments for participants. Registration: $25 through May 3, $30 May 4-5. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Up and Running, and 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the start line.

Knights 5K4PK — The competitive 5K Run and 1- mile castle walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 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, information: 881-4590. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Run4Unity — El Paso Teens4Unity hosts a free run for ages 9-17 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Pastoral Center, 499 St. Matthew (Guadalupe Building), in support of United World Project. Registration: Sandra Castro at 726-1102, Marco Raposso at 872-8422 or teens4unity@yahoo.com. Information: run4unity.net.
  The run is held in honor of a the worldwide Run4Unity relay race held in different time zones at different landmarks throughout the world.

Braden Aboud Memorial Run — The 11th annual 5K run and 5K/1-mile fun run/walk benefiting the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 7, at 5265 Roxbury (parking lot of Zack White Elementary), with multiple vendors, music, inflatable attractions, dog adoptions, and more at the race site. Registration: $20 ($10 19 and younger) through May 4. No race day registration for competitive run. Information: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.
  Registration through May 4 at bradenaboud.eventbrite.com.
  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.

Running clubs:
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley. Information: runelpaso.com.
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information: coffeeposse.org
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information: raceelpaso.com
  Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all levels. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is free to newcomers.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers meet at various locations. Information: bjhash.com.
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at elpasohash.com.

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