August 2018


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El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or
  Special rates for military, first responders and veterans Monday through Thursdays 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; 7:05 Friday and Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
Aug. 1-3: New Orleans Baby Cakes. Beach towel giveaway Wednesday.
Aug. 4-7: Round Rock Express
Aug. 16-19: Las Vegas 51s. Bark at the Park bring your dog day Sunday.
Aug. 21-23: Albuquerque Isotopes. Game time is 6:35 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Replica jersey giveaway Wednesday.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Tacoma Rainiers. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Monday. Harry Potter Night Saturday.

NPC Sun City Regional National Qualifier — The bodybuilding competition is Saturday, Aug. 11, at UTEP’ Magoffin Auditorium. Pre-judging begins at 9:30 a.m., finals at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 for preliminaries, $30-$40 for finals (Ticketmaster).

Borderland Roller Derby — A doubleheader is 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, featuring with Viudas Negra vs. Chulas and Diablas vs. Sexies. 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.

LiveFit EP Fitness Festival — The 4th annual event, including the Atomic Desert Games crossfit-style competition, is all day Saturday, Aug. 18, at El Paso Convention Center. Fitness competitions include karate, jiu jitsu, bodybuilding, powerlifting and more, along with about several booths. Information: 306-3383 or
  Spectator tickets for the Desert Games are $12.50; free for 10 and younger. Information:
The NPC El Paso SX Championships include several categories for men and women, with pre-judging beginning at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m. Information:
  Martial Arts include the 15th Annual Battle of the Champions karate open to all levels and ages, and Desert Jiu Jitsu Championships tournament.

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame — The 31st annual Induction and Awards Banquet is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Inductees are Carlos Licon, George Arrieta, Dr. Wayne Aboud, Bryan Tambone and Larry Vucan. Tickets: $30. information: 494-7710 or
  A Golf Tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Course. Three-person scramble. Cost: $100 per player. Information: Leo Caraveo, 328-7821 or

All American Futurity — The running of the 60th All American Futurity is Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, which marks the end of the racing season at Ruidoso Downs. Various events and other special races will be offered Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
  The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. 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. Grandstand admission and parking are free, except for select weekends. Turf club reservations are $20; valet parking is $7. Information: (575) 378-4431 or
  Other events:
• Zia Festival is July 28-29, with several races both days.
Aug. 4: Mr Jet Moore Handicap
Aug. 11: Rio Grande Señor TB Futurity Trials and Señorita TB Futurity Trials, and Brigand
Aug. 17-19: All American QH Futurity and Derby Trials

‘Mudd For Matches’ — Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region hosts its 9th annual mud volleyball fundraiser 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Grapevine Event Plaza and Picacho Peak Brewery, 3900 W. Picacho, in Las Cruces. Teams of 8 to 12 participants compete in pool play in the morning, guaranteed at least three matches, and teams advance to championship games in the mid afternoon. Team registration: $500 (deadline is Aug. 27); spectator admission is free. Information: (575) 449-4748. Forms online at
  All proceeds from the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region – Dona Ana/Grant County office.

College Sports

UTEP Women’s Soccer — Home games are at UTEP’s University Field. Ticket information: 747-6150 or
Aug. 17: Lubbock Christian, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24: Idaho State,7 p.m.
Aug. 26: UTRGV, 1 p.m.
Aug. 31: Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2: Northern Illinois, 6 p.m.

UTEP Volleyball — Exhibition game against Universidad Regional del Norte is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Gym. Ticket information: 747-6150 or Home games:

UTEP Football — The Miners open their season hosting the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Sun Bowl Stadium. f
  Northern Arizona is a Division I FCS team that places in the Big Sky Conference, finishing last year with a 7-5 record. UTEP went winless last year for its worst season ever, rated as last in Division I BCS football.
  Season tickets are $66 (general admission) $120-$360 reserved; $1,320 Captain’s Club. Family packs available. Individual tickets to be announced. Information: 544-5234 or

NMSU Aggies Football — The Aggies open their 2018 season hosting the University of Wyoming Cowboys at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Season tickets: $60-$150 Single game tickets: $10-$30; $12-$30 UNM game (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or



Tour de Tolerance —
The 13th annual “Riding to Remember” bicycling event, benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is Sunday, Aug. 26, at Santa Teresa High School, 100 Airport Road (at McNutt). This year’s ride will be a 50K (31 miles) at 7 a.m. with a 5K run/walk at 7:05 a.m. The route will go north through the Upper Valley to NM 28 and NM 404 and loop back. Information: 351-0048, ext. 24, or on Facebook.
  Registration: $35 bike; $25 ($20 student) 5K through Aug. 10. Ten percent discount for military, museum members and groups of 15 or more. early registration open at the Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon.
  Packet pickup is Saturday, Aug. 25, at the museum. No race day registration or packet pick up.

Signal Peak Challenge — The mountain biking event, “Signal Peak: The Next Generation,” is 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, in Silver City, N.M. Simple lunch follows for all racers. Registration (by Aug. 29): $60 ($30 under 18). Information: (575) 654-3966 or

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 20 years, are leaderless rides of 18-22 miles. The favorite route is a 20-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Most riders begin about 5:45-6 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.

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 For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or

Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck's Bicycle Repair, 2625 Missouri, hosts Tuesday night rides at 7 p.m. Lights and helmets required. Information: 791-2006, or Facebook.


Guys and Dolls Golf Tournament — The mixed couples golf tournament is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26 at Cree Meadows Country Club in Ruidoso, N.M. Information: (575) 257-1032, or

Golf classes — Classes for both youth and adults are taught Saturdays by PGA golf professional Mike Smith at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Adult class is 11 a.m. to noon and Junior classes are noon to 1 p.m. Payment deadline is first day of each class. Information: 771-2380.

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Catfish Classic Tournament — El Paso County Parks & Recreation and Ascarate Fishing Club hosts its inaugural County Catfish Classic 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at Ascarate Lake, 6900 Delta. This adult fishing catch-and-release tournament (open to ages 18 and older) is the first of its kind for the Ascarate Fishing Club, who typically only produces kids fishing events. Proceeds benefit the club. All anglers are required to have a fishing license issued by the State of Texas. 
  Advance registration open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 27, at El Paso County Parks & Recreation administrative office in Ascarate Park. Fee collected the day of the event: $20 with advance registration; $25 day of event registration. Parking fee is $2 cash only. Information: 771-2380 or
  First 200 participants receive a welcome bag from Cabela’s. All participants entered into a raffle. Shelter rentals available starting at $50 for the day.

Adult Sand Volleyball League — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will host Fall Adult Sand Volleyball League registration 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-9, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Spots available on a first-come, first-served basis for the co-ed league. 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
  Manager’s meeting is Sept. 10; games begin week of Sept. 17. Nights of play are 5:45 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, depending on division.

Youth Gymnastics spring classes — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts fall classes at East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Drive. Each session will be held for four weeks Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of eight classes per session. 
  Session I is Aug. 6-30; II is Sept. 4-27; III is Oct. 1-25 and IV is Oct. 29-Nov. 29 (no classes Nov. 19-23).
  Registration continues until classes are filled at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell; Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley; Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley; or at Information: (575) 541-2455. 
  Classes include “Parent and Me Gymnastics” 3 to 4 p.m. for beginners age 3-5; intermediate classes 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. for ages 6-12; advanced classes 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 6-12; and tumbling 5:30 to 7 p.m. for ages 8 and older. Cost: $30 for Parent and Me and intermediate; $45 for advanced and tumbling. A parent must be present with children during all class times.

Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: or 532-5524. Tournament registration (enter ID#).
  The $20,000.00 El Paso Adult and Senior Open is Aug. 14-19, at El Paso Tennis Club. Level 2 event. Deadline to register is Aug. 9; ID #750007318. Information: Jerry Pippins, 241-8689 or

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts its final free monthly swim day of the season Monday, Sept. 3 at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. Monthly Swim Days are on summer holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). Hours are noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children 8 and under must have an adult in the pool at all times (within arm’s reach and only two children 8 and under per adult). Proper swim attire required. No food, alcohol or glass allowed. Free swim sessions subject to capacity regulations. Information: (575) 541-2782.

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

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.
  Practice is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes: $25.
  Spectator admission is free Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29, with paid admission to the Southern New Mexico State Fair.

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 Aug. 4-5, and Sept. 1 and 8.

Running events

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 28, starting and finishing at Wingfield Park’s Grindstone Lake Trails. Half-Marathon and 8.5K wave starts at 7:30 and 4-mile wave at 7:45 a.m. 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
  Carry your own water container; there will be one refill station on the 8.5-mile and half-marathon routes.

BD Carefusion 5K — The 5K is 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at BD Carefusion, 1550 Northwestern. Information:

Socorro (NM) Chile Harvest Triathlon — The USAT-sanctioned 400M swim/20K bike/5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Socorro (N.M.) City Pool. Packet pickup is 6 a.m. on race day at the race site. Registration is $80 ($50 age 23 and younger); $125 for relay ($90 junior teams). Additional $15 for non USAT members. Registration deadline is noon Aug. 1. No race day registration available. Information: (575) 835-8927 or
  Youth Race for ages 7-16 is 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. 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 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Up & Running, 3233 N. Mesa. Part of the More Than a Marathon series. Registration: $25 through Aug. 3; $30 Aug. 4-5. Information: 760-4533, Ext. 108; registration at
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Children’s Grief Center Memory Walk - The 5K run, 5k fun run/walk and 1-mile family fun walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood. First 300 registrants receive t-shirts; refreshments at finish line. Registration: $25 ($30 after Aug. 1). Information: 532-6004 or
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Up and Running, 1472 George Dieter, and on 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Cobblestone Wacky Triathlon — The “triathlon for the non-athletic” is Saturday, Aug. 11, at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, with a five Wacky Task Obstacle Course at 8:30 a.m. preceded by an “unhealthy” breakfast. Tasks include hitting water with a water balloon, and more to be announced. Course follows with an “anything that floats” across the cove (1 to 2 person) event. Registration: (575) 740-1685.

Forrest Leamon Memorial Run — The 10K and 5K run, 1-mile walk and kids fun run for age 10 and younger benefiting the Survivors Benefit Fund of the DEA are 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 Riverbend. Registration: $25 through Aug. 10 ($15 kids fun run, age 10 and younger); $30 Aug. 11 ($20 kids run). No race day registration. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration:
  Packet pick up is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, and 6 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 5th annual 5K and Kids Dash benefiting El Paso’s Opportunity Center for the Homeless at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Clock Tower at Southwest University Park on Durango Street, rain or shine. Cost: $25 per event; $15 Kids Dash; $30 race day ($20 Kids Dash). Registration at
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Trailblazer 5K — The 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Spinal Cord Injury Foundation’s Gridiron Heroes is 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano. Registration: $20 per event ($25 on race day). Information: Mike Coulter at or 
  Packet pick-up is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the school; race day pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line.

Fiesta de La Luz 5K — The 5K benefiting the upcoming Our Lady of the Light Church Fiesta is 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, starting and ending at Presidio Park in La Luz, N.M. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Registration: $25.
  The Our Lady of the Light Church Fiesta is Sept. 7-8.

Trails & Rails Run — The 8-mile run, 5K and 1 mile kids dash is Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Trestle Recreation Area (near intersection of Hwy 84 and 130), near Cloudcroft, N.M. The 8-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. with 5K at 8:40 a.m. and kids dash at 8 a.m. Registration: $30 ($10 kids dash). Night before or race day registration is $35. Proceeds benefit Cloudcroft student athletes. Information: Cindy Preslar (575) 430-7634; Amy Collins, (575) 202-2343 or on Facebook at “Cloudcroft Runners.”
Registration at
  Packet pick up is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the Trestle Recreation area. 
  The 8-mile course is all on trail and old railroad bed. There will be two aid stations along the way with fruit and water. The Kid’s Dash will be a series of laps around the paved parking area of the Trestle Recreation area.

St. Raphael’s 5K — The 4th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Album Park, 10259 Album, for all ages. Information:

Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial Run — The 5th annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting the Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial Fund is 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood.

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. 2, at SISD Aquatic Center and Student Activity Complex, 1257 Southview Court. Participants may race as an individual or as part of a relay team. 
  Registration: $110 individual; $60 per person for 2-person relay; $55 per person for 3-person relay; $100 for aquabike (swim-bike). Registration at

‘Dragons & Skulls’ Skull Run 5K — Fantasy and Fear Race Tour between an army of undead dragons, zombies, and fire-folk, and the Star Gazers of the Planet Aleuria begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Location to be announced. Registration and check-in begins at 5 p.m. Register as an Undead or StarGazer: $30 per person; register at “Undead” racers receive sugar skull kit and “StarGazer” racers receive Diamond Face Kit. Information: or on Facebook.
  The Dragons & Skulls is a global fantasy run series, in a lifelike enchanted forest setting with 4D video walls and cosplaying. Race ends with a post-race party.

McKelligon Canyon Challenge — El Paso on the Move’s 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Proceeds benefit El Paso community gardens and activities that promote health. Registration: $30 through Sept. 12; $25 military and team; $20 ages 12 and younger. Late and race day registration: $35 (no race day registration for teams). Teams encouraged to give their team a “healthy” name. Information: Irish Pugao, (909) 528-0394. Registration:
  Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Central SDA Church, 1801 McRae.

Running clubs:
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley. Information:
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information:
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information:
  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:
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at

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