November 2018

Sports

College Sports
Also
Bicycling
Golf
Horse Sports
Motor sports
Runs and Walks
Golf
Leagues and Classes
Motor sports
Winter sports

Menu of this month's listings, stories and columns

 

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team’s 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.
  Season tickets $85-$400. Single 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.
  Home games:
Oct. 26-28: Wichita Jr. Thunder
Nov. 9-11: Utah Outliers
Nov. 21-24: Northern Colorado Eagles

Berchelt vs. Roman — WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacán” Berchelt of Cnacun (34-1, with 30 KOs) defends his world title Saturday, Nov. 3, against Miguel “Mickey” Roman, from Juárez, at the Don Haskins Center. Roman has a 60-12 record with 47 KOs). The bout will be streamed on ESPN Plus. Doors open at 4 p.m. Co-feature bout is an 8-round featherweight match between Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriago and Jose Estrella. Tickets: $35-$250.

Special Olympics Fall Games — The 2018 fall games run through Nov. 17. Spectator admission to competitions is free. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org/area19.
• Saturday, Nov. 3: Bowling Tournament, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bowl El Paso, 11114 Pellicano. Singles at 9:30 a.m. with teams and doubles 1 to 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: Powerlifting Tournament is 6 to 9 p.m. at Fred Loya YMCA, 2044 Trawood.
• Friday, Nov. 9: Volleyball Tournament, 6 to 8 p.m. at Del Valley Elementary, 9251 Escobar.
• Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17: Flag Football Tournament, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Treviño.

Armed Forces Classic — The game between top college basketball teams is planned for 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Fort Bliss, featuring Texas vs. Arkansas. The annual event, in its seventh year and owned and operated by ESPN Events, will take place on the United States mainland for the first time since its inception in 2012. Tickets limited to base personnel only. Information: espnevents.com/armed-forces-classic.

El Paso Roller Derby — A doubleheader is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad, featuring with TexPistols vs. Slaughterhouse Derby Girls, and Beast Mode vs. Hooligans. Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for military; free for age 10 and younger. Information: (623) 285-4670, eprollerderby.com, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.
  The teams are part of the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

‘Football FrenXi’ — The UTEP chapter of Alpha Xi Delta hosts the flag football fundraiser for Autism Speaks 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Crestmont Park, 515 Chermont. Registration: $20. Information: anreyes2@miners.utep.edu.

Strongman/Strongwoman Competition — The 7th Annual Strongman/Woman Competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Soto Physical Fitness Center on Fort Bliss. Events include a Log Press, Tire Flip, Truck Pull and Farmer’s Walk. Trophies for the top three finishers and t-shirts for all participants. Registration required by Nov. 9. Cost: $30 ($25 DOD ID cardholders). Information: 744-5201.

Borderland Roller Derby — The Championship bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $10; ($7 with valid military ID; $1 for ages 10 and younger; or $8 each for pack of six) at brownpapertickets.com. Information: borderlandrollerderby.com or on Facebook.

College Sports

UTEP Volleyball — Home games are at Memorial Gym. Games are 6 p.m. Fridays and noon Sundays. Ticket information: 747-6150 or utepathletics.com.
  Home games:
Oct. 26: Western Kentucky University
Oct. 28: Rice
Nov. 4: Charlotte.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: UT Permian Basin
• Friday, Nov. 9: At NMSU
• Monday, Nov. 19: Eastern NM
• Wednesday, Nov. 28: NMSU
• Saturday, Dec. 1: Northwestern

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27: Western New Mexico
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4: St. Mary’s
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10: Alcorn State
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Cal State Bakersfield
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17: NMSU
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: Arkansas State
  The Thanksgiving Classic is Nov. 23-24. UTEP plays Nicholls State at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Saturday.

UTEP Football — The Miners’ home games are at Sun Bowl Stadium. Tickets are $10-$24. Information: 544-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27: UAB
• 1 p.m. Nov. 10: Middle Tennessee
• 1 p.m. Nov. 24: Southern Miss.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team’s home games are at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Games are 11 a.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879, info@mindershockey.com, or minershockey.com.
Nov. 16-17: East Baptist University
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Dallas Baptist University

Andeavor Sun Bowl College All-America Golf Classic — The 44th annual event is Nov. 18-20 at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. The event features America’s top college golfers. Ping putting contest and Long Drive Contest is 9 a.m. to noon Sunday; with rounds beginning at 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission for spectators is free. Information: 533-4416, ext. 205, or sunbowl.org.
  The classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country, and has featured many future PGA stars such as Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games are at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Season tickets: $210-$400. Individual tickets to be announced. information (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: North Dakota State, 7:30 p.m.
• 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9: UTEP
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Saint Mary’s
• 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21: Eastern New Mexico, 6 p.m.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1: Washington State

NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 6 p.m., unless listed otherwise. Aggie Country Passes for 2018-2019 season are $140. Individual tickets to be announced. information: (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: UT Permian Basin
• Tuesday, Nov. 20: Abilene Christian
• Monday, Nov. 26: Northern New Mexico.

NMSU Aggies Football — The Aggies’ final home game is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, against Alcorn State at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10-$30(Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.

Also



Bicycling


12 Hours of Old El Paso
— The mountain bike race is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Franklin Mountain State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch Roundhouse), off Martin Luther King Jr. (2.6 mile north of Highway 54). Registration: $80 through Oct. 25; $90 Oct. 26. No race day registration. Juniors 18 and under: $35. Information: 433-1752 or texassportsonline.com.
  Packet pickup is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Ode Brewing, 3233 N. Mesa, #301, and 7 a.m. on race day.

Tour of Las Cruces — The 13th annual 50K (31 miles) and 100K (62 miles) cycling rides are Sunday, Oct. 28. Information: (575) 541-8271 or ziavelocycling.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.

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 Lauser hosts Tuesday night rides at 7 p.m. beginning at San Jacinto Plaza. Lights and helmets required. Information: 791-2006, zlauser@yahoo.com.


Golf


Child Crisis Center Golf Tournament
— Child Crisis Center of El Paso hosts its 17th annual Memorial Golf Tournament 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, 1858 Cottonwoods. Registration at noon. Cost: $125 per player; $500 team of four. Information: 562-7955, ext 117, or childcrisiselp.org.

First Tee Desert Classic — Rotary Club of West El Paso’s 9th annual golf tournament in memory of Jonathan Rogers begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Fort Bliss’ Underwood Golf Course (Sunrise Course). Four-person scramble format. Cost: $150 ($600 team of four). Information: 252-6511 or firstteedesertclassic.com.
  Proceeds benefit the First Tee of Greater El Paso along with other community projects of the Rotary Club of West El Paso.

JLV Memorial Fund Golf Tournament — The 9th annual golf tournament for men’s cancer awareness begins with a shotgun start at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Registration at 11 a.m. Cost: $85 per person for 4-Fun flight; $100 per person for 3-Man Competitive flight.
  Information: 778-3153, jlvmemorialfund.org or on Facebook at jlvmenscancerawareness.
  Proceeds go towards scholarships and travel expenses to MD Anderson Medical Center.

Hotel Lodging Association Golf Tournament — El Paso Hotel Lodging Association’s 15th annual tournament is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course, 1858 Cottonwoods. Cost: $125 single player; $450 team of four. Information: gabriel.ayub@hilton.com or carleen.garcia@tmihospitality.com.

Turkey Shoot-out Golf Tournament — The four-man golf scramble tournament is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe on Fort Bliss. Entry fee: $50 (by Nov. 16); includes green fees, cart fees, lunch and a turkey to take home. Participants can sign up in the Pro Shop. Open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 568-1059.

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

Youth Gymnastics spring classes — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts Session IV of fall classes Oct. 29-Nov. 29 (at East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Drive. No classes Nov. 19-23. Each session will be held for four weeks Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of eight classes per session.
  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 las-cruces.org/play. 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 geptatennis@gmail.com or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: greatereptennis@gmail.com or 532-5524. Tournament registration tennislink.usta.com.
  El Paso Tennis Club Halloween tournament is Oct. 30-Nov. 4, at 2510 St. Vrain.

Capoeira Adult Beginners Series — The month-long series introducing students to the fundamental movements of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, is noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3-24, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana, for ages 15 and older. Classes will focus on basic stances, kicks, and defenses. Music, an important of Capoeira, will also be taught. Cost: $40 for the series. Information: 996-1814 or capoeiraelpaso.com.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 13 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 through Nov. 30, 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 12 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration ongoing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community.

YMCA Dodge Ball Tournament — The annual tournament is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood, benefiting YMCA of El Paso’s Strong Kids Campaign. Teams of maximum 8 people, ages 16 and older. Cost: $250 per team; deadline to register is Nov. 21. Information: (915) 590-9622 or elpasoymca.org.

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, snmspeedway.com or on Facebook.
  Practice is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes: $25.
  The 19th Annual USRA Fall Nationals
USRA Nationals Round 3 are Oct. 25-27.

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. Finals are Sunday, Nov. 18. Call for ticket prices and times. Information: (575) 494-4794 or arroyosecoraceway.com.
  ASMA Track Days are Nov. 3 and 10.

Running events


Oso Fun Harvest Run — The 5K Costume run and 1 mile walk benefiting Bowie High School Jardin is 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial. Registration: $40 through Oct. 26; $25 at packet pick up and on race day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Sprint for Sparks — Texas Tech University Health Science Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine hosts its 5th annual 5K race/walk along Scenic Drive at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, starting at Newman Park, 2211 Alabama. Packet pickup is 7 a.m. at the assembly area. Cost: $20. Information: 215-4216 ortinyurl.com/SprintForSparks-15.
  Proceeds benefit the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic to promote breast health and provide diagnostic testing for underserved patients in Sparks County.

Run Internacional: The U.S.-Mexico 10K Run — The 4th annual 10K race is 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 300 Olivas V Aoy Avenue (at S. Mesa), with a route linking El Paso and Juárez. Route goes by Southwest University Park, San Jacinto Plaza, through Segundo Barrio and across the Stanton Street Bridge into Juarez. Entry fee: $25; price goes up closer to the event. No race day registration or packet pickup. Limited to 1,500 participants. Entry form at international10K.com.
  To cross the border, all runners must have a passport, permanent resident card or other government-approved crossing identification. U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff will be available during packet pickup to advise runners.

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo 5K Mud Run —The fundraising obstacle course mud run and youth entrepreneurship event is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, 601 Tiwa, hosted in collaboration with Speaking Rock Entertainment, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribal Youth Council. Cost: $40 ($20 age 6-17). Team rate; $30 per team. Discounts available for tribal members, military, first responders, disabled athletes and seniors. Information: 771-2354 or Facebook (ydspmudrun)

Franklin Mountains Trail Runs — The ultra marathon, half-marathon, 5K and 10K trail runs and King and Queen Race are Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11, at Franklin Mountains State Park. Information: trailracingovertexas.com/franklin-mountains-trail-run
  Friday: King/Queen race begins at 7:15 a.m. at Munday’s Gap Trail Head. The race offers different routes of 3.5-8 miles to get to the top and back.
  Saturday: The 50K race is 6 a.m. and 27K is 7 a.m. at the Upper Sunset parking lot.
  Sunday: Half Marathon is 7 a.m., 10k race is 7:30 a.m. and 5K race is 8 a.m.
  Cost: $120 50K; $85 half marathon; $70 10K; $45 5K; $60 King & Queen; online at ultrasignup.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the park’s Tom Mays Unit Pavilion, or at the race sites before events begin.
  Most of the distances are on easy technical desert trails. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of straight climbing and switchbacks.

5K for Life — The 5K run and 1 mile walk benefiting Guiding Star El Paso is 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Guiding Star, 1411 Montana. Registration (through Nov. 8): $20; $15 age 9 and younger; at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

R.E.D. 5K — Spartyka Foundation presents the “Remember Everyone Deployed” 5K race and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at El Paso Community College Transmountain campus, 9750 Gateway North. T-shirt for the first 250 registered participants. Food and Drinks at the finish line. Cost: $25 through Nov. 9; $30 Nov. 10-11. Team discounts for 10 or more. Information: spartykafoundation.org; online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Flying Horse Half Marathon — The half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs hosted by Race El Paso are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the “Gateway to Texas,” 100 Richard White in Anthony, Texas for runners of all levels. Proceeds benefit benefits scholarship fund at El Paso Community Foundation for El Paso-area students. Registration (through Nov. 16): $90 half marathon; $60 10K; $45 5K. Military discounts offered. Online registration at raceelpaso.com.
  The race crosses into New Mexico and takes runners along a flat, fast, and scenic course.

Iron Turkey 5K — UTEP’s Phi Delta Theta’s 9th annual 5k Run and 1-mile Walk is Thanksgiving Day, 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Whole Foods Market, 100 Pitt. Proceeds benefit ALS Association of New Mexico. Cost: $25 through Nov. 19; $30 Nov. 20-21; no race day registration or packet pickup. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20-21, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa.

YMCA Turkey Trot — The 42nd annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run, 5K team challenge and 3K fun walk benefiting the YMCA’s Strong Teens Campaign begin at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at YMCA offices, 808 Montana (at Virginia). The Turkey Trot is the oldest road race in El Paso, and follows the Sun Bowl Parade route. Cost: $25 per event through Nov. 16; $30 Nov. 17-21; $35 on race day. Information: 584-9622. Entry forms available at all YMCA branches; registration at elpasoymca.org.
  Team competition is four runners: $80 per team through Nov. 16 in person or online; $100 per tea; online only Nov. 17-21.
  Packet pickup and late registration is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N. Mesa, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. at the starting line on race day.

Fiesta Series 2018 — Daily 50K, 10K, 5K, marathon and half marathon events are 7 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29
Dec. 2
, at La Llorona Park on Picacho, in Las Cruces. Early start at 6 a.m. optional. Packet pick up is 5:30 a.m. at race day on the starting line. Registration: active.com or deadrunning.com.
  Registration per day: (Through Nov. 6) $130 marathon; $110 half marathon; $140 50K; $40 for 10K; and $30 for 5K. (After Nov. 6) $150 marathon; $130 half marathon; $160 50K; $50 for 10K; and $40 for 5K.
  Registration for all four days (through Nov. 6): $520 marathon; $440 half marathon; $560 50K; $160 for 10K; and $120 for 5K. (After Nov. 6) $600 marathon; $520 half marathon; $640 50K; $200 for 10K; and $160 for 5K.

Elf Dash 5K and Toy Drives — The events, sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union, are Dec. 1 in Mesilla and Dec. 2 in El Paso. Registration: $25; $35 on race day. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
• Mesilla: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago.
• El Paso: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at FirstLight Federal Credit Union, 9983 Kenworthy.

Run For It 5K — Run For It, Inc’s 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Golden Key Park (Vista del Valle Park), 1300 Hawkins. Proceeds benefit the Assistance League of El Paso. Registration: $20 for 5K, $15 for 1 mile through Nov. 3; $25 for 5K, $20 for 1 mile Nov. 4-29; $30 on race day for 5K, $20 for 1 mile. Information: Alfredo Arellano at 494-4606, Thomas Chavarria at 867-1740 or RunForItEP.com.
  Packet pick up is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Get Lifted Central, 605 Laurel.

Lady of the Mountain — The 5th annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 8, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with 10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee: (through Nov. 30): $40 for the half-marathon; $35 for 10K; $30 for 5K; and $10 for Kids 1-mile run; fees rise after Nov. 30. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.
  Proceeds benefit the Lady of the Mountain Scholarship at NMSU-Alamogordo.
  Packet pickup is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First National Bank Atrium, 414 10th in Alamogordo, and at 6:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 12th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration: $25 through Dec. 14; $30 Dec. 14-15. at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Winter sports

Dallas Stars Learn to Play — The Dallas Stars Learn to Play hockey program begins 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Registration: $125. Information: elpasohockey.org or learntoplay.nhl.com/stars.

Public Ice Skating — Public skating weekend 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. holidays, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Times may vary on days of hockey games. Admission: $10; $8 military (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for $5. Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpasohockey.org or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
  Holidays on Ice sessions begin Friday, Nov. 16. Three sessions daily beginning Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating Nov. 18-Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area is opens for its 53rd season Thanksgiving weekend (weather permitting) with 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 $74 ($67 age 60-69; $65 age 13-17; $54 age 6-12; $63 military and $49 for military child; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. (Prices slightly higher on peak days). Season passes: $305-$700. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices.
  Gondola Rides are $18 ($12 age 6-12; $6 age 60-69; free for five and younger)
  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; call for cost.
  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.

Ruidoso Winter Park — The snow play area at 1200 Ski Run Road in Alto, N.M. opens Thanksgiving Day and features giant tubes, a kidz korral, family zip line and other activities during the winter months. Hours are 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights). Tickets: $25 ($20 age 8-17; $10 age 7 and younger); include use of tubes; military discounts, night discounts, and group rates on selected days. Zip Line: $8 per ride ($5 with snowtubing ticket): $22 for three rides. Dates and times subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079 or ruidosowinterpark.com.


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