January 2020


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

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Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl — The 86th annual football classic begins at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Some military discounts offered. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  This year’s halftime performers are Christian nu metal band P.O.D.
  The 22nd annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center.
  Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Race days are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, with post time at 12:25 p.m. The live racing season runs through April 21.
  Post time is 1 p.m. Feb. 14-April 21.

Vado Speedway Park — 15900 Stern in Vado, N.M. Information: (575) 524-7913, vadopeedwaypark.com or on Facebook.
  Take 1-10 Exit 155, then 1/5 mile north on Stern (track is on the left).
  World of Outlaws Battle at the Border is Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 2-5. Practice is Thursday, with pit gates opening at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $30 grandstand ($25 general admission; free for age three and under; $75 three day reserved grandstand. Pit passes: $35-$110. General admission is $25; $60 three day in advance at (844) 347-8849 or WorldofOutlaws.com.
  Onsite prices $34 grandstand ($25 general admission; free for age three and under; $85 three day reserved grandstand. General admission is $29; $70 three day.

Lucha Libre — Lucha Frontera presents the Lucha Libre event at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Stout Physical Fitness Center, 2930 Cassidy Road, at Fort Bliss. Masked wrestlers take the ring with high-flying, body slamming entertainment. Aereo and Mini Fusion will team against Hijo del Imposter and El Dragon. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team’s season home games are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.
  Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.
Jan. 24-26: Oklahoma City Blazers
Feb. 7-9: Northern Colorado Eagles
Feb. 21-23: Oklahoma City Blazers
March 6-8: San Diego Sabers.

Combate Americas MMA — The Mixed Martial Arts event is Friday, Jan. 31, at El Paso County Coliseum. Details to be announced. Information: countycoliseum.com.

Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout — Four-time world champion bull rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the 14th annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge bull riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $15-$80; Limited table seats for $218 (Ticketmaster). Information: 534-4329 or CBRbull.com.
  Hedeman, who in recent years has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events, will serve as the producer, “chute boss” and television commentator.
  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-event activities including food, beer, shopping and autograph opportunities.

College Sports

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Homes games are at the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $10-$24. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 9: Southern Mississippi
• Saturday, Jan. 11: Louisiana Tech
• Wednesday, Jan. 15: UTSA
• Thursday, Jan. 30: Middle Tennessee State.
• Saturday, Feb. 1: UAB
• Thursday, Feb. 13: Western Kentucky
• Saturday, Feb. 15: Marshall, 2 p.m.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 general admission. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2: Florida International
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida Atlantic
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18: UTSA
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23: Rice
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25: North Texas
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6: Charlotte
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Old Dominion.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team and 2018-2019 TCHC Champions’ regular season home games are at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879, info@minershockey.com, or minershockey.com. Many of the games begin late at night.
Jan. 6-7: Texas A&M. Games are Monday and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Jan. 9-10: University of Texas. Games are at 11 a.m.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Texas Tech. Games are 11 a.m. Friday, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $15-$18. Information (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Sunday, Dec. 29: Northern NM, 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 9: Chicago State
• Saturday, Jan. 11: Kansas State, 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan 30: CSU Bakersfield
• Saturday, Feb. 1: Grand Canyon
• Thursday, Feb. 13: Seattle U
• Saturday, Feb. 15: Utah Valley, 4 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 22: UT Rio Grande Valley
• Thursday, March 5: California Baptist.

NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Games times are 6 p.m. Thursdays and noon Saturdays, unless otherwise listed. General admission: $6-$12. Information: (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 2: California Baptist
• Thursday, Jan. 16: Utah Valley
• Saturday, Jan. 18: Seattle U
• Thursday, Jan. 23: UT Rio Grande Valley
• Thursday, Feb. 6: Chicago State
• Saturday, Feb. 8: Kansas City, 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 27: Grand Canyon
• Saturday, Feb. 29: CSU Bakersfield, 2 p.m.




El Paso Puzzler
— The 13th annual endurance mountain bike race is 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Bowen Ranch’s Round House, 2.6 miles north of US 54 on Martin Luther King Jr. (FM 3255). Mountain bike races of 15, 35 and 50 miles offered. Hosted by the Border Mountain Bike Association. Registration: $70 for 15- and, $75 for 35-mile race; $80 for 50-mile race. Deadline is Jan. 15. Information: 433-1752, elpasopuzzler.com or on Facebook at El Paso Puzzler Mountain Bike Race.
  Registration at newmexicosportsonline.com.
  Packet pickup is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and 7 to 7:30 a.m. on race day at the race venue. Registration at Jan. 18 packet pickup for additional $10. No race day registration.

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule on Facebook (El Paso Bicycle Club). 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.

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.

Group Bike Riding Program — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers weekly Group Bike Rides 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Cost per outing: $5 ($2.50 age 60 and older). Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Each ride has a set distance and designation ranging from 10 to 20 miles at 12-15 mph.


Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 13 weeks” fall program to improve health and stamina with self-paced walks for ages 50 and older, 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Jan. 6-March 30, at 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 17 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center.

Fitness center open houses — El Paso Parks and Recreation offers free admission and healthy snacks 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at all the Category A weight rooms at city recreation centers. Staff will be available to answer questions about the weight rooms and usage fees. Participating centers:
• Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge (79912), 212-0478
• Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg (79912) (915) 212-0734
• Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood (79925), 212-0560 
• Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol (79936), 212-0426
• Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount (79925), 212-2295
• Officer David Ortiz, 563 N. Carolina (79915), 212-0430
• Pat O’Rourke, 901 Virginia (79902), 212-0127
• Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda (79907), 212-0474
• Veterans, 5301 Salem (79924), 821-8909 .

Senior Sports and Wellness Day — Seniors age 50 and older training for the summer games are invited to participate in a sports and wellness 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at NMSU’s Activity Center, 1572 Stewart. Workshop consists of physical fitness training, education workshops, sports clinics and more. Participants who attend all day will entered to win a door prize. No preregistration required; participation is free. Information. nmseniorolympics.org.
  The training will help seniors prepare for the summer games planned for June 10-13 in Las Cruces and for the 2021 National Senior Games.

Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at geptatennis@gmail.com or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: greatereptennis@gmail.com or 532-5524. Tournament registration tennislink.usta.com.

Motor Sports

Running events

Monahans Sandhills Resolution Run — The 5K, 10K, 1-mile health walk and beginner run is 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Monahans Sandhills State Park, off of IH20 in Monahans, Texas. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration: $25 ($20 age 12 and younger). Registration at active.com.

Super Scholar Run — Clint ISD’s 9th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk and Health Fair is 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Horizon High School, 14651 Horizon in Horizon City. Registration by Jan 10: $25 per event ($30 on race day). Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Clint ISD Central Administration, 14521 Horizon, and Friday, Jan. 10, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter, Suite O, and 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. on race day.

Fort Bliss Half Marathon — The 13-mile race is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Soto Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 20751 Constitution on East Fort Bliss. Information: 744-5785 or 744-2444.
  A Family 5K is also planned (pets may participate). Ages 10 to 15 must have parent or guardian sign a waiver. Ages 9 and younger can compete with a participating parent or guardian.
  Half marathon and 5K advance entry fee is $20 active duty or retiree; Half marathon is $35 for dependents and DOD/DA Civilians; $45 for others. 5K entry is $25 for DOD dependents; and all others. Registration at either Soto, Stout or Milam PFC through Jan. 22 at raceroster.com.
  Late registration and packet pickup is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 6 to 7 a.m. Jan. 25 at Soto PFC. Late fee is $10 after Jan. 22.

UMC Health Start
— University Medical Center’s 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UMC West Clinic, 6600 N. Desert. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.

Cupid’s Chase 5K — The 5K run benefiting Community Options is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago in Mesilla. Runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost, information: (575) 532-9275.

Loretto Academy Nun Run — The 5K competitive run and non-competitive walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Part of the More than A Marathon Series. Information: 566-8400 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.

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.

Winter sports

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through Jan. 5 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Season passes; $45, good for one session per day. Tickets at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600, winterfestep.com, or on Facebook.
  Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Special holiday hours to be announced.

Public Ice Skating — “Holidays on Ice” public skating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon to 3 p.m., at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Admission: $12; $10 military (skate rental included). Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpasohockey.org. or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
  Additional holiday hours include 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 6.

Dallas Stars Learn to Play — The Dallas Stars Learn to Play hockey program begins 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Registration: $199. Information: elpasohockey.org or learntoplay.nhl.com/stars.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area offers 11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600. The 24-hour Ski Apache Snow Report number is (575) 257-9011. Information: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com.
  Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on weather conditions. All-day lift tickets are $75 ($65 age 55-69 and age 6-13 and military; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. Prices slightly higher on holiday peak days (Dec. 22-Jan 4, Jan. 18-20, Feb. 15-17). Season passes: $450-$800. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices.
  Gondola Rides are $35 ($25 age 6-13, seniors and military).
  Rental packages available.
  The Ski Apache Wind Rider is an hour-long zip-line adventure that begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Reservations required; may close due to weather or other conditions. Cost: $75; $68 senior or child; $125 tandem (guide with child 5-9).
  Ski Apache is 130 miles from El Paso, and the drive takes about 3 hours. From Alamogordo, take U.S. 70/54 north to Tularosa, then follow U.S. 70 east to Ruidoso. Turn left on NM 48 and go six miles north. Take NM 532 to the ski area — it’s a slow, winding 12-mile climb.

Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski area in the United States is two miles east of Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, has 26 trails with two ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, at elevations of 8,350 to 9,050 feet. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, skicloudcroft.net or on Facebook.
  Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12 and younger for full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snowboard rentals available, and beginner ski school packages offered.
  Tubing two-hour sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20.

Cloudcroft Ice Rink — The ice rink at 751 James Canyon (Hwy 82), across from Cloudcroft High School, in Cloudcroft, N.M. is frozen over mid-December through early March, weather permitting. Usual hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including holidays, weather permitting. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (575) 644-5525 or on Facebook at Cloudcroft Ice Rink.

Ruidoso Winter Park — The snow play area at 1200 Ski Run Road in Alto, N.M. features giant tubes, a kidz korral, family zip line and other activities during the winter months. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights). Tickets: $26.50 ($21.25 age 4-17; free for age 3 and younger; include use of tubes; night “Twilight Tubing” discounts, and group rates on selected days. Zip line rides: $8 ($5 with tubing); $22 for three rides. Dates and times subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079 or ruidosowinterpark.com.

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