September 2019


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All American Futurity — The running of the 60th All American Futurity is Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, which marks the end of the racing season at Ruidoso Downs. From 160 to 180 quarterhorses compete in the trials, with the 10 fastest advancing to race for a $2 million purse.
  The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Information: (575) 378-4431 or

El Paso Locomotive FC — El Paso’s professional soccer team’s home games are at Southwest University Park. Individual tickets: $5 to $49. Information: 235-GOAL,, or Game time is 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 4: Tulsa Roughnecks FC • Saturday, Sept. 21: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
• Wednesday, Oct. 2: Fresno FC

Pacific Coast League playoffs — El Paso Chihuahuas playoffs are at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Ticket information: 533-BASE or
  Conference Championship Series (Best of Five home games are Sept. 6, and Sept. 7-8, if necessary. League championship home games planned for Sept. 10-11.

‘Mudd For Matches’ — Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region hosts its 10th annual mud volleyball fundraiser 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 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; $450 returning teams; 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.

Borderland Roller Derby — The derby’s next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with featuring Chulas, and vs. 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.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team’s pre-season Black and Orange exhibition game is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Free admission. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or
  The event offers season holder ticket pickup and post-game skating with the team and party on the patio.
  Mexico’s national junior ice hockey team, U-20, will take on the national Western States Hockey League Thorne Cup Champion El Paso Rhinos with a two-game exhibition series at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at the Events Center. Tickets start at $5 (Ticketmaster).
   The Rhinos will wear special El Paso-themed jerseys to be auctioned off, along with Mexico’s team jerseys, following the games.

Rhinos Fall Shootout — El Paso Hockey Association hosts its fall tournament for youth and adults Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Open to all ages and skill levels, including adult. Cost: $45 per player for all divisions; limited space available per division. Information and registration:

WWE Live — The professional wrestling event is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $15-$75. VIP packages: $392-$593 (Ticketmaster).
  Events include Street Fight with Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin, and a RAW Women’s Champion Triple Threat match with Natalya vs. Nikki Cross vs. Becky Lynch. Also appearing are Braun Strowman, the Lucha House Party, Ricochet, United States champion AJ Styles, Lacey Evans and more.

El Paso Roller Derby — The doubleheader bout Saturday, Sept. 28, at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad, featuring TexPistols vs. Durango Roller Girls, and Pistol Whip-hers vs. Cosmic Vixen Roller Derby. First bout begins at 6 p.m., second at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for military (active and vet only); free for age 10 and younger with paying adult. Information: (623) 285-4670,, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.
  The teams are part of the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

Sun City Stealth — El Paso’s new Women’s Tackle Football team will host tryouts for age 18 and older in late September or early October. Experience preferred but not required. The adult women’s full contact team will play teams from around the Southwest. Game begin next spring; Tryout and game dates to be announced. Information: or on Facebook at stealthwomensfootball.

College Sports

UTEP Football — The Miners’ home games are at 6 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium. Final home game at 1 p.m. Season tickets are $60 (general admission) $100-$330 reserved; $1,300 Captain’s Club. Family packs available for $198. Individual tickets: $10-$28. Information: 544-5234 or
Aug. 31: Houston Baptist
Sept. 21: Nevada
Oct. 5: UTSA (Homecoming)

UTEP Volleyball — The Borderland Invitational is Sept. 6-8, hosted by New Mexico State University, with UTEP versus NMSU at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Ticket information: 747-6150 or

UTEP Women’s Soccer — Home games are at UTEP’s University Field. Ticket information: 747-6150 or
• Friday, Sept. 6: Texas State, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 8: Southern Utah, Noon
• Tuesday, Sept. 17: University of Southern New Mexico, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 22, FIU, 11 a.m.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team and 2018-2019 TCHC Champions’ opens its regular season home games 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21-22, against Texas State at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879,, or

NMSU Aggies Football — The Aggies’ home games are 6 p.m. (Nov. games at 2 p.m.) Saturdays at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10-$30(Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or
Sept. 14: San Diego State
Sept. 28: Fresno State
Oct. 5: Liberty (Homecoming)



Signal Peak Challenge — The mountain biking event, “Jurassic Peak,” begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, in Silver City, N.M. Simple lunch follows for all racers. Registration (by Aug. 30): $65 ($35 under 18). Information: (575) 654-3966 or

Fort Davis Cyclefest — The 43rd annual bike tour series is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, in Fort Davis. The main event begins at 8 a.m. (Central Time) Saturday, with rides of 10, 27, 55 and 76 miles, leaving from Prude Ranch, 5 miles west of Fort Davis Texas on Highway 118. A finish line party follows with hamburgers, music, door prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Fort Davis EMT, Fire, and Fort Davis Lions Club. Information: (432) 426-3237 or on Facebook at FortDavisCycleFest. Entry fees vary. Registration: $55-$75. On-site registration increases. Early registration at
  The “infamous” Mt. Locke Hill Climb to the McDonald Observatory begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, with 1.5 and 7-mile options. Registration: $20.
  An unsupported pre-ride of 100K or 200K for experienced riders is 7:30 a.m. Friday at Stone Village.
  A Triathletes Swim is scheduled Sunday afternoon at Balmorhea State Park (park entry fee applies).

XCel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas — The 8th annual bicycle tour is 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bottomless Lakes State Park’s Lea Lake Recreation Center in Roswell, N.M. Tour de Ocho Millas offers rides of 1 to 8 laps around the 8-mile loop (8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, or 64 miles) of the Bottomless Lakes State Park. Proceeds benefit Reflections and Recovery outreach program for those overcoming addiction. Registration: $40; $50 race day. Information: or on Facebook at Tour De Ocho Millas.
  Packet pickup and late registration is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Moon Rock Outfitters (behind Stellar Coffee) 315 N. Main, in Roswell, and 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. race day at the starting site.

Oryx Challenge Bike Tour — The 9th annual 30K and 82k cycling tours benefiting the USO begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum on 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. 5K family run begins at 10:30 a.m. Food and entertainment offered at the museum after the tours.
  Registration: $40 ($50 after Sept. 9 for general public; $15 active duty military and dependents: $15; free for Warrior Transition Battalion members. Early registration encouraged. Information: 744-3480. Registration at
  The 82K cycling course climbs St. Augustin Pass to White Sands Missile Range, then returns; the 30k cycling course goes through mountain vistas along Baylor Canyon Road. The 5K run goes along Sonoma Ranch Road.

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: 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
  Wednesday night rides, a tradition for over 20 years, are leaderless rides of 18-22 miles. The favorite route is a 19-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Riders leave from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft), beginning 5:45-6 p.m. 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


Grandparents Day Golf Tournament
— El Paso County Parks and Recreation hosts the tournament for grandparents and grandchildren noon Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Two-person scramble. Shotgun start at noon. Cost: $20 grandparent; $17 grandchild; includes green fee, cart, prize fund and lunch. Register at the Ascarate Golf Pro Shop. Information: 771-2380 or

Stormy Edwards Partnership — The two-man golf tournament runs Sept. 5-8 at Cree Meadows Golf and Country Club in Ruidoso, N.M. with a Thursday shootout at 4 p.m. and events starting at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Cost: $350 per player. Space is limited; entry deadline is Sept. 4. Information, cost: (575) 257-5815 or

First Tee Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso host its 2019 Fall Session 1 classes for all levels of Players Saturdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 12. Early registration encouraged. Information: 252-6511 or
• Wee Ones Class is 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 3 1/2 to 5. Space is limited. Fee: $60.
• PLAY-er Class is 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants must have gone through at least one session of classes, age 5-18. Also offered 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Fee: $75.
• Purcell Special Kids Classes are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee: $30.
• Beginner PLAY-er Class for new participants is 12:30 to 2 p.m. for new players age 5-18. Also offered 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Fee: $75.
• Par Level Class is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $75.
• Birdie and Eagle Classes are 8 a.m. to noon for those who have certified for those classes. Fee: $75.
Home school classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, for ages 5-18. Fee: $60.

Toby's Canine Invite & Pet Fair — The 9-hole golf tournament and pet fair benefiting a local dog rescue organization is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs. Participants are invited to play a round of golf with their dog. Mini pet fair follows golf play in the Pavilion with appetizers.
Cost: $50 per team (one player and one dog). Information: 821-2122 or
  The tournament is named after Painted Dunes superintendent's course dog, Toby. Toby helps out the maintenance crew and comes to work almost every day.

Doing Good Golf Tournament — El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank’s 3rd annual tournament begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss, with prizes, awards, goody bags and raffles. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Information: Laura Rayborn at 479-3243 or; Sylvana Abbas at 487-2028 or; or El Pasoans Fighting Hunger offices at or

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts monthly free swim days at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. The final free swim day of the summer is Labor Day (Sept. 2). 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). Free swim sessions subject to capacity regulations. Information: (575) 541-2782.

Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: or 532-5524. Tournament registration

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
  Motorcycle Trackdays are Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7-8 and Saturday, Sept. 14.
  ASMA Motorcycle Roadracing is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15.
  ASR Drags Bracket Series is Sunday, Sept. 22.
  ASR Test N Tunes is Sept. 21.

Vado Speedway Park — 15900 Stern in Vado, N.M. The new 3/8-mile oval track season runs through Sept. 28.
Gates open at 5 p.m., racing begins at 7:45 p.m. General Admission $12, Seniors/Military $10, Youth (6-11) $5, Kids 5 & Under free, Pit Pass $35. Information: (575) 524-7913, or on Facebook.
  Take 1-10 Exit 155, then 1/5 mile north on Stern (track is on the left).
  Racing is scheduled every Saturday.

Running events

Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial Run — The 6th annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting the Danny Ray Sanchez Memorial Fund is Saturday, Aug. 31, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood. Information:

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. 1, at Ascarate Pool, 6900 Delta. 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

5K Health & Fitness Run/Walk — the run and walk hosted by El Paso Black Expo is 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sunrise Park, 3800 Sunrise. Participants can choose to run, walk, or support by encouraging others. Cost: $10. Information: 345-1661 or

911 Heroes Run — The 5K run, walk and ruck and 1 mile fun run is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Eastwood (Album) Park, 3110 Parkwood. Registration: $30 in advance, ($35 on race day); Family 4 Pack registration: $100 in advance ($115 on race day); $27 first responder and active duty military in advance ($30 on race day). Advance registration at
  Packet pick up is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Up and Running, 1390 George Dieter, Suite 140.
  Race proceeds support the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes.

Knights In Action 5K — Knights in Action Fabens Councils #15799 hosts its 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk benefiting St. Jude’s Child Research Hospital at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Album Park, 3110 Parkwood. Registration is $25 through Sept. 12; $30 Sept. 13-14. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663 or
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at both Up and Running locations at 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 2015, or 1475 George Dieter, Suite o, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race day.

Run for the Mountain — LCMC Foundation’s 3rd annual 5K run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ruidoso Links Walking Path, 685 Hull in Ruidoso. Registration:

WSMR Freedom Triathlon — The 10K run, 40K bike and 400 meter swim is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at White Sands Missile Range near Alamogordo, N.M. Packet pick up is 6 to 7 a.m. Cost: $60 by Sept. 2; $65 after. Team fee: $70 before Sept. 2; $75 after. Military discounts offered. Registration:

McKelligon Canyon Challenge — El Paso on the Move’s 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater, beginning in the court yard. Proceeds benefit El Paso community gardens and activities that promote health. Registration: $30 through Sept. 11; $25 military and team; $20 ages 12 and younger. Late and race day registration: $35 (no race day registration for teams). Information: Irish Pugao, (909) 528-0394. Registration:
  Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Central SDA Church, 1801 McRae, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day (gates close at 7:45 a.m.)

National Border Patrol Museum 5K — National Border Patrol Museum & Memorial Library Foundation’s 3rd annual 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting the museum is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Old Glory Memorial, 9550 Gateway North. Information: 759-6060 or

AIDS Walk — Border AIDS Partnership’s inaugural fundraising 5K walk is 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Memorial Park Reserve, 3100 Copper. Registration through Sept. 26: $25; $30 Sept. 27-28. Information: 533-4020,, or on Facebook at borderaidspartnership.
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Miner Dash and Family Fitness Fiesta — The 10th annual event kicks off UTEP’s Homecoming festivities Sunday, Sept. 29, at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza. The 5K run and 3K walk begin at 8 a.m., plus a 5K wheelchair race. Proceeds benefit UTEP’s College of Health Sciences Programs and the Wellness Program. Registration: $25 through Sept. 17; $30 Sept. 18-26. UTEP student discount of $5. Register Information: 747-7245.
  The UTEP Fitness Fiesta is 8 to 11 a.m., and offers a variety of physical activities and health screenings including a Jumping Balloon, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Zumba, Yoga and more. Cost: $5.

Quesadilla Run — Ngage’s 5K run and 1-mile family fun run benefiting NgageNM is 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, on the historic Mesilla, N.M. plaza. Refreshments and quesadillas at the finish line. Race day packet pick up is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site. Proceeds will be used by Ngage NM to support community efforts to improve educational outcomes for youth in Dona Ana County. Registration: $25 through Sept. 26. Registration at

Royal Run for Hope — The 5th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Pediatric Oncology patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital is 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Health Spot, 4717 Hondo Pass. Registration: $25 by Sept. 23; $30 after Sept. 23; $20 military and children under 12. Information: 241-9588 or
  Packet pickup is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the race site.

Wildcat Mile Run/Walk — The 15th annual 1-mile event hosted by St. Clement’s School is Friday, Oct. 4, beginning at Cotton and Yandell and ending at St. Clement’s Gymnasium, Yandell and Campbell. Proceeds benefit St. Clement’s School Athletics. Information: 533-4248 or

Walk for Kids — Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso hosts the 4th annual fundraising 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sunland Park Racetrack, 1200 Futurity Drive. Family activities follow a kid-friendly race. Prizes given to top individual finishers, biggest team, best-dressed team, and best-dressed dog. Registration: $20; $10 age 10-17; free for age 9 and younger; deadline is Sept. 29. Dogs welcome (must be on leash). Registration: Information: 542-1522 or
  All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities that provide temporary lodging to families when their child is seriously ill or injured and are seeking medical treatment in one of the El Paso area Hospitals.

GEPD Run, Walk and Roll — Physical Therapy Association 27th annual 5K run and 1-mile Fun Walk and wheelchair event is 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $25; $20 military through Sept. 27; $30 after Sept. 27; $35 on race day. Entrance fee to park; is $2 per vehicle. Information: Rio Grande Chapter of NCCIA, 298-7241. Registration at
  Proceeds benefit El Paso Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Association and Scholarships for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant students.
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205, at 7 to 7:40 a.m. on race day.

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. Informtion:
• 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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