December 2018


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

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McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament — The national high school tournament is Dec. 6-8, at Del Valle High School, with 180 of the country’s best student-athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 high schools around the country, including El Paso. Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at or on Facebook at McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9, 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

WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two game package; $22-$44 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website:
  The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament.
  Friday’s games are East Tennessee vs. Wyoming at 5 p.m. and Norfolk vs. UTEP at 7 p.m. Saturday is Consolation Game at 5 p.m. and Championship Game at 7 p.m.

Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 28th annual high school all-star game is 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. Pre-game activities begin at 12:30 p.m. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game features El Paso area football athletes playing on East/West teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets. Tickets to be announced. Information:
  The 26th annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase-Combine is noon Friday, Dec. 21, at Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. The 60th season of the live racing runs Dec. 28-May 5. Post time is 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. 31. Teams will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences (to be announced Dec. 2). Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or See “Roundup” listing for details.

Harlem Globetrotters — The Globetrotters return to the area with their Fan Powered World Tour at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $20-$100 (Ticketmaster).

College Sports

Miners Hockey Club
— UTEP’s hockey team hosts Dallas Baptist University at 11 a.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879,, or Next games: Jan. 7-8: Texas A&M.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$28. Information: 747-5234 or
• Saturday, Dec. 1: Northwestern (La.) State
• Sunday, Dec. 16: UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 5: USTA

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or
• Saturday, Dec. 1: Arkansas State, 1 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 9: Portland State, 2 p.m.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games are at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Season tickets: $210-$400. Individual tickets to be announced. information (575) 646-1447 or
• Saturday, Dec. 1: Washington State
• Tuesday, Dec. 4: New Mexico
  The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic games are 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, against Northern Colorado, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, against CSUN.

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
• Tuesday, Dec. 11: Denver
• Saturday, Dec. 15: New Mexico, 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 3: California Baptist



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

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 Lauser hosts easy fun bike rides at 10 a.m. Saturdays. About one hour, beginning at San Jacinto Plaza. All types of multispeed bikes welcome. Information: 791-2006,


First Tee Summer Camps
— First Tee of Greater El Paso host its 2019 Winter Session classes for all levels of Players Saturdays, Jan. 19-March 2. Early registration encouraged. Information: 252-6511 or
• Par Class is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Fee: $75.
• Birdie and Eagle Classes is 8 a.m. to noon for those who have certified for the Birdie or Eagle Class. Fee: $75.
• Wee One’s Class is 11:30 a.m. to noon for ages 3 1/2 to 5. Space is limited. Fee: $60.
• Purcell Special Needs Classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. No age requirements. Fee: $30.
• PLAY-er Class is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants must have gone through at least one session of classes, age 5-18. Fee: $75.
• Beginner PLAY-er Class for new participants is 3 to 4:30 p.m. for new players age 5-18. Fee: $75.
  New Year’s Golf/STEM Links Camp is 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 2-5, for ages 5-18, incorporating STEM elements into the game. Cost: $65.

Christmas Ham Golf Tournament — The Christmas Shoot-out Tournament is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Two-person golf scramble. Entry fee: $50(includes green fees, cart fees and a Christmas ham). Registration, information: 568-1059.

Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf events for girls is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: Registration: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for ages 7-17.

Sun Bowl Golf Challenge — The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge is Friday, Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Shotgun start time to be announced. Cost, information: Terry Jennings, 592-6565 or
  Representatives from the participating ACC and Pac-12 universities will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole, 2-person scramble matchplay format.

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Las Cruces Winter Adult Volleyball League — Registration for City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department 2019 winter volleyball League is 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6, at Meersheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Fee: $250 per team; half due by Managers meeting at on Jan. 7. Game play begins week of Jan. 14. Games tentatively planned 5:45 to 10 p.m. Mondays though Fridays. Registration now available online at
  Space is limited. Information: Meerscheidt Recreation Center, (575) 541-2563 or

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

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

Motor Sports


Running events

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: or
  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
• Mesilla: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago.
• El Paso: 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at First Light 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
  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 Information:
  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.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon — White Sands Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at White Sands Aquatic Center, Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $60 individual; $70 team ($10 military discount). Registration at Information: (575) 678-3374 or (click on “Sports & Fitness”).

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
  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.

Holiday Series 2018 — The 12 “Marathons in 12 Days” event with daily 50K, 10K, 5K, marathon and half marathon events are 7 a.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 6, 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: or
  Registration through Dec. 18: $130 marathon; $110 half marathon; $140 50K; $40 for 10K; and $30 for 5K. (After Dec. 18) $150 marathon; $130 half marathon; $160 50K; $50 for 10K; and $40 for 5K.
  One free event for every five events registered for.

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

Winter sports

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), or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
  Holidays on Ice sessions are daily beginning Dec. 14 through the holiday season at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Events include Skate with Santa sessions, special guests, giveaways and themed nights.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through 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 Information: 534-0600 or
  Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sundays (2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 6), 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Dec. 4-19; noon to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 3), 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and Saturdays.
  Holiday hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area is opens for its 53rd season Dec. 7 (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
  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.

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, beginning in early December. Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, 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 available for $20 per day; $18 half day (weekends only).

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 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (915) 491-1902 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 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

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