July 2017


College Sports
Horse Sports
Motor sports
Runs and Walks
Leagues and Classes
Motor sports
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El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game time is 7:05 p.m. except as listed. Tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
June 30-July 3: Reno Aces. ”Chihuahuas Baseball: The Musical is Friday; Kids Day and Fireworks Sunday; and Independence Day Celebration Monday.
July 7-9: Salt Lake Bees. July 9 is 10:05 a.m. (Breakfast at the Ballpark). Millennial Night is Friday;
Breakfast at the Ballpark & Pajama Day is Sunday with Arm Compression Sleeve giveaway for age 12 and younger.
July 21-24: Omaha Storm Chasers. July 23 is 6:05 p.m. Family Night Sleepover Friday; Red Carpet Night Saturday; PBS Night Sunday with Batting Gloves for age 12 and younger; Youth Football Night Monday with Core-Four Bobblehead (Austin Hedges).
July 25-28: Iowa Cubs Military Appreciation Night presented by GECU is Tuesday; Martial Arts Night Wednesday; Chihuahuas Beach Party Thursday.

Arm wrestling — The competition begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Hiney's Restaurant, 8220 Gateway East. Information: 590-0115

Verano Caliente III’ wrestling showcase— Two of the best-known professional wrestlers and former WWE superstars headline the Lucha Libre style showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9, El Paso County Coliseum, 100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $20, $25, $35, $65, $75 and $95 (Ticketmaster).
  Rey Mysterio and Alberto “El Patrón” Del Rio, along with close to 20 other competitors, will step into the ring for the professional wrestling showcase. Other wrestlers from the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico expected to compete include Carlito, Sergio “El Bombon” Samaniego, Eldragón Luchador, Jack Swagger, Jose Gaona, Zafiro Solis, Samuray Perez, Rey Fenix, Hermes Jr., Hijodelimpostor Delgado, Magno, Espanto V and Chavo Guerrero Jr., among others.

Dimas Vasquez Golf Tournament — The 6th annual tournament benefiting Special Olympics of Texas—Area 19 begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs. Four-man scramble format. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $125 ($450 team of four); includes green fees, cart fees, goodie bag and award ceremony after the tournament. Information: 533-8229 or mbaray@sotx.org.
  The tournament is named for Dimas Vasquez, a golf coach for Special Olympics who died of cancer in 2009.

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, featuring Las Catrinas vs. Las Viudas Negras, and Las Diablas vs. SeXecutioner. 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.

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2017 season runs through Aug.2. Teams are Alpine Cowboys, Roswell Invaders, White Sands Pupfish, Santa Fe Fuego, Trinidad Triggers, Garden City Wind and Topeka Robbers. Information, schedules: (575) 680-2212 or pecosleague.com.
  Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in Alpine, Texas.
  White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs Park, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M.
  Roswell Invaders play at Joe Bauman Park, 2500 SE Main, in Roswell, N.M.

Aqua Posse LC Meet — El Paso Aqua Posse’s annual summer swimming invitational is Friday through Sunday, July 14-16, at Ascarate Pool, 6900 Delta. The meet usually attracts more than 400 athletes from Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Spectator admission is free; gate entry fee to Ascarate Park is $2 a car. Information: 772-3941 or aquaposse.org.

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs through Labor Day weekend. 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. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.
July 1: Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Final and Higheasterjet Handicap
July 7-9: Rainbow QH Futurity Trials
July 14: John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Trials
July 15: Zia QH Futurity and Derby Trials
July 22: Rainbow QH Derby Final, and Corona Cartel
July 23: Rainbow QH Futurity Final and Rainbow QH Juvenile
  Zia Festival is July 29-30, with several races both days.

College Sports


Beginner/Intermediate Group (B.I.G.) - The El Paso Bicycle Club's special training program for beginning and intermediate riders is offered Tuesdays, through Aug. 9. Information: meetup.com/ElPasoBicyleClub.
  Sessions at 6 p.m. at River Run Plaza. (1071 Country Club Road). A 15-minute lesson will be followed by 12-15 miles ride.
  The weekly sessions cover the basics of road cycling, how to ride in a group and how to develop speed and stamina. Special weekend rides will help riders work their way up to riding a full metric century (62 miles).
  Helmets are required. No ear buds. Bring water bottles. Anyone younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get ready for ride.

Tour de Holloman — The 49-mile cycling event is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Domenici Fitness Center, 1051 Connecticut, Bldg. 588 on Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, N.M. Cost: $30 individuals; $45 teams of two; $70 teams of four. Information: (575) 572-2529. Registration at active.com.

Tour de Tolerance — The 12th annual “Riding to Remember” bicycling and running event, benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is Sunday, Aug. 20, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, with 100K at 7 a.m. and 50K ride at 8:45 a.m. and 5K run/walk at 7:45 a.m. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24 or elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.

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

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs through Labor Day weekend with the running of the $3 million All American Futurity Sept. 4. 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 raceruidoso.com.
  The track is also home to the Racehorse Hall of Fame, a collection of racing memorabilia and race history located near the All American Turf Club. Admission is free.
May 26-28: Ruidoso Futurity trials and opening weekend
June 2: Mountain Top Futurity Trials
June 3: First Lady Handicap
June 9: Mountain Top Futurity Trials
June 10: Ruidoso Derby Final
June 11: Ruidoso Futurity Final
June 17: Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Trials; and Mountain Top NM Bred QH Futurity Final
June 24: Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity Final
July 1: Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Final and Higheasterjet Handicap

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.

Recreational Sports

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 classes. 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

El Paso Motorplex — The drag strip is at 16400 Gateway West, (east of El Paso at I-10 off Clint exit #42). Spectator admission: $5. Car entry: $20. Information: elpasomotorplex.com.

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.
  Regular weekly racing season runs Saturdays, through Sept. 23. Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing at 7:45 p.m.
  Summer Sizzle is Friday and Saturday, July 28-29. Admission: $15; free for age 10 and under; family pack $35; pit pass $35.

Running events

Electric 5K and 1-mile fun run — Las Cruces Running Club and City of Las Cruces hosts the 5K race and 1-mile fun run at 8 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Meerscheidt Center, 1600 E Hadley. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Registration: $25 in advance; $30 on-site. Register online at: lascrucesrunningclub. com.
   The Electric Light Parade follows the run.

Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 11th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Sports drink, watermelon and hot dogs available at finish line. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 July 3-4. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Monday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.

Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run — The 7th annual 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk are at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods, off US Hwy 70. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $15 run, $10 walk. Information: (575) 464-3473, (575) 464-2367 or on Facebook at Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue.

Smokey Bear Stampede run — The 37th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, starting east of Smokey Bear Historical Park, at East Creek Road, Capitan, N.M. Various age divisions offered for male and female runners. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Registration: $25 by July 1; $35 July 2-4. Information: (575) 354-2748. Registration: villageofcapitan.com/fun-run.pdf.

Glow Run — Gymnastics Elite, 12115 Rojas, hosts the evening 3K run benefiting the AWFC annual summer trip for local foster children at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7. Bring a neon or glow-in-the-dark gear. Cost: $25 ($15 age 15 and younger). Information: gymnastics-elite.com.

Bottomless Triathlon — The 34th annual 400M swim, 14K bike ride and 4K run is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Bottomless Lakes State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell, N.M. (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy 409). Transition area opens at 7 a.m. for late packet pickup. Pre-race orientation begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Harvest Ministries. Entry: $60 ($75 relay); $5 for youth 17 and younger; no race day registration. Information: (575) 624-8284, Facebook at Bottomless Triathlon or. Registration at newmexicosportsonline.com
  Packet pickup is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 7, at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 200 E. 19th Street, in Roswell.

Rebuilding Together’s Run for a Margarita 5K/2K — 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205. Complimentary margarita after the race (age 21 and older), dinner and music from Dusty Low, 6 to 9 p.m. Registration through July 20: $25; $30.00 July 21 and after. No race day registration. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663 or rebuildingtogetherelpaso.org. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 21, and 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on race day at Up and Running.
  Rebuilding Together El Paso is a non-profit organization that helps low income senior and disabled homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes.

Sun City Splash & Dash — Race El Paso’s new youth swim-run event for ages 7-15 is 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Ascarate Pool and Park, 6900 Delta, as part of the 2017 USA Triathlon Youth Aquathlon Series. Family pool picnic follows event. Space is limited. Entry fee: $25. Ascarate Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com. 
  Ages 7-10 is a 100M swim and 1K run; and ages 11-15 is a 20M swim and 2.25K run.

Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs — Ski Run Road Challenge hosts the 4-mile, 8.5-mile and half-marathon runs on the multiple use trail system at Grindstone Lake, 2 miles from Downtown Ruidoso at 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, starting and finishing at Wingfield Park’s Grindstone Lake Trails. USA Track and Field sanctioned and American Trail Running Association approved event. Proceeds benefit the Ruidoso Trails Coalition and Ski Apache Adaptive Sports Program and Ecoservants.
  Entry fees: 4-mile is $15 by June 28, $25 by July 26 and $40 on race day. 8.5-mile is $25 by June 28, $30 by July 12, $35 by July 26 and $50 on race day. Half-marathon is $35 by June 28, $45 by July 12, $50 by July 26 and $60 on race day. Information: Words0250@gmail.como or (575) 937-7106. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Carry your own water container; there will be one refill station on the 8.5-mile and half-marathon routes.

Socorro (NM) Chile Harvest Triathlon — The USAT-sanctioned 400M swim/20K bike/5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Socorro (N.M.) City Pool. Packet pickup is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. on race day at the race site. Registration is $75 ($45 age 23 and younger); $120 for relay ($85 junior teams). Additional $15 for non USAT members. Registration deadline is noon Aug. 2. No race day registration available. Information: (575) 835-8927 or chileharvesttri.com.
   Youth Race for ages 7-16 is 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, course length varies with age groups. Cost: $30 ($15 Socorro County youth) through Aug. 3; $30 ($15 Socorro county youth).

Race for the Future — The 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Community Partners of El Paso, Inc. and IREM El Paso, is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Western Playland, 1249 Futurity in Sunland Park. Part of the More Than a Marathon series. Registration: $25 by Aug. 4 ($5 discount per runner for teams of 10 or more); $30 Aug. 6-7. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

FHT Explorers Law Enforcement Memorial Run — The 5K run and 1 mile walk benefitting Fort Hancock Explorer Post 881 is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Album (Eastwood) Park, 3001 Parkwood. Registration and packet pickup is 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Part of the More Than A Marathon Series. Registration: $20 per event ($10 Explorers, Ventures, ROTC); $18 per person for teams of 7 or more (by July 1); $25 on race day for all participants. Explorers, Ventures and ROTC. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Up and Running East, 1475 George Dieter, Suite O, and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

HomeRun for the Homeless — Edward’s Homes/ERA Sellers, Buyers and Associates host the 4th annual 5K and Kids Dash benefiting El Paso’s Opportunity Center for the Homeless at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Clock Tower at Southwest University Park on Durango Street, rain or shine. Part of the More Than A Marathon series. Cost: $30 per event ($2 team discount per person for teams of 10 or more by July 17); $15 Kids Dash. No race day registration for 5K. Registration at raceadventuresunlimted.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10-11, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Forrest Leamon Memorial Run
— The 10K and 5K run, 1-mile walk and kids fun run benefiting the Survivors Benefit Fund of the DEA are 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 Riverbend. Registration: $25 through Aug. 11 ($15 kids fun run, age 10 and younger); $30 Aug. 12 ($20 kids run). No race day registration. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, and 6 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Eagle in the Sun Triathlon — El Paso’s only USA Triathlon-sanctioned multi-sport race, with a 400m swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 5K run, is 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at SISD Aquatic Center and Student Activity Complex, 1257 Southview Court. Participants may race as an individual or as part of a relay team. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/eagle-in-the-sun.
  Registration: $100; $55 per person for 2-person relay; $55 after May 31; $50 per person for 3-person relay.  Aquabike is $90. Duathlon is $10.

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