June 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. Individual tickets: $11-$30. Promotions and game times to be announced. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
  Special rates for military, first responders and veterans Monday through Thursdays (except July 2-4) via GovX.com or at the ballpark box office with valid ID.
  Regular promotions include Military Mondays, Tacos Tues & Brews, Seniors Eat 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.
May 30-June 3: Sacramento River Cats.
June 13-15: Nashville Sounds
June 16-19: Memphis Redbirds.
June 25-28: Fresno Grizzlies
June 29-July 3: Albuquerque Isotopes

Academy Sports & Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament — The annual youth soccer tournament for boys and girls is June 8-10, at Westside Sports Complex, 201 Isela Rubalcava, featuring teams from under-8 to under-19 years of age, at various local sports fields. The tournament features both competitive and noncompetitive teams from Mexico and the United States. Information: 1-800-915-2695 or sunbowl.org.

MCW wrestling — 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. Age 18 and older welcome. Information: 860-7777 or speakingrock.com. 

CISM: International Women’s Soccer Tournament — Fort Bliss MWR hosts the Conseil International du Sport Militaire tournament June 22-July 1. Matches are 6:30 and 9 p.m. every night at Stout Track and Field. Finals are July 3, where the World Champion will be crowned. Spectator admission is free and open to the public. Information: 744-5794.
  Opening ceremony Thursday, June 21 at Noel Parade Field, time to be announced.
  Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM), which organizes more than 20 Military World Summer and Winter Championships in a variety of sports.

Borderland Roller Derby — The next bout for the former “Sun City Roller Girls” is a doubleheader 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, featuring Catrinas vs. Viudas Negras and Chuco Town Chulas vs. Las Diablas. 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.
  Next bout is a July 22 doubleheader with Diablas vs. Catrinas and Viudas Negras vs. Sexecutioners.

El Paso Roller Derby — The next bouts are 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad. The doubleheader features TexPistols vs. ARD Rocketdolls, and Beast Mode vs. Holligans. Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for military; free for age 10 and younger. Season tickets: $50. Information: (623) 285 4670, eprollerderby.com, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.
  The teams are part of the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association
  Upcoming bouts for 2018 are July 14, Sept. 22 and Nov. 10. All are doubleheaders.

Southwest Brawl 8 — The American Fight League presents professional and amateur mixed martial arts fighters 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, featuring professional, regional and local fighters. Family friendly event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission; $50 VIP seat; $600 VIP table; available at holdmyticket.com. Information: (725) 333-2356 or americanfightleaguemma.com.

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2018 season runs through July 26. Teams are Alpine Cowboys, Roswell Invaders, White Sands Pupfish, Santa Fe Fuego, Tucson Saguaros, Ruidoso Osos, Trinidad Triggers, Garden City Wind California City Whiptails, Monterey Amberjacks, High Desert Yardbirds and Bakersfield Train Robbers. Full schedule: pecosleague.com.
  Area teams:
  Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in Alpine, Texas. Information: alpine.pecosleague.com.
  White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs Park, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: whitesandspupfish.com.
  Roswell Invaders play at Joe Bauman Park, 2500 SE Main, in Roswell, N.M. Information: rosewellinvaders.com.
  Ruidoso Osos play at Whites Mountain Park, 685 Hull Road in Ruidoso, N.M. information: ruidosoosos.com.

College Sports



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.
  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 facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.

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, zlauser@yahoo.com or Facebook.


PGA Junior Golf League — First Tee of Greater El Paso seeks players age 8-13 for the summer PGA Jr. League Team. Players must not turn 14 before July 31, 2018, and those who register must be in town for each Sunday match. Fee: $200: pgajrleague.com/register. Information: 252-6511.

Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf event for girls is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org. Registration: girlsgolf.org.
  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for ages 7-17.

Ascarate Junior Golf Tournament — The 56th annual tournament for age 18 and younger, hosted by First Tee, is Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Registration (through June 8): $50; caddies allowed for players 10 and younger only. Information: 252-6511 or Thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org.
  Qualifying tournament for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego, Calif. July 9-13.

Horse Sports

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with the 70th running of the $3 million All American Futurity on Labor Day. 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. General admission and parking are free, except for select weekends. Grandstand seating: $15 (counter seat); $50-$60 tables; $45-$100 boxes. Turf club reservations are $20; valet parking is $7. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.
  Stakes races:
June 1: Mountain Top Futurity Trials
June 2: Dash for Speed
June 3: First Lady Handicap
June 8: Mountain Top Futurity Trials
June 9: Ruidoso Derby Final and Mr. Jess Perry race
June 10: Ruidoso Futurity Final
June 15:  Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge Trials
June 16 and 23: Mountain Top NM Bred TB Futurity Final
June 17: Ruidoso Spring Handicap
June 30: Higheasterjet Handicap.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast viewing of the Belmont Stakes is 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness this year, Justify is in position to become only the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown.  Admission is free; $10 Turf Club seating.

Recreational Sports

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 (enter ID#).
  The Memorial Grand Prix is May 31-June 3, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor.
  The El Paso Junior Open is June 1-4. Call for details.
  Registration is underway for summer leagues. Information: Jerry Pippins, 241-8689 or jerry.pippins@gmail.com.
• 55 and Over League runs June 11-Aug. 26.
• Mixed League runs June 18-Sept. 5.
  The 2018 Spring League Play Offs are tentatively planned around June 23, call for details.

Basketball shooting camp — Top shooting coaches Dave Hopla and Mike Evans will lead camps for boys and girls in grades 4-12 Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, at El Paso High School. Several sessions available. Cost is $60. Register at www.rightangleshooting.com or call 491-0268.
  Hopla, who coached Kobe Bryant, has 30 years' experience and has served as shooting coach for several NBA teams. Evans has over 15 years’ experience as a shooting coach, working with high school and college players.
  Hosted by El Paso High School Boys Basketball Boosters.

Fitness Saturdays at San Jacinto — Professional fitness trainers from across the city host weekly outdoor workouts at 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1, at San Jacinto Plaza or Cleveland Square Park. Information: downtownelpaso.com or on Facebook at DTEPFIT.

Gus Macker Basketball Tournament - The annual 3-on-3 tournament is held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, in Mescalero, N.M. Information: macker.com.

Ruidoso Pickleball Championships — The annual championship tournament sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association is Thursday through Sunday, June 14-17, at White Mountain Baseball Complex, 685 Hull Road in Ruidoso, N.M. Singles divisions will be played on Friday, men’s and women’s doubles will be played on Saturday, and mixed doubles will be played on Sunday. Schedule to be announced. Information: visitruidoso.com.

Michael G. Vasquez Baseball Tournament — The 24th annual Memorial Baseball Tournament benefiting Candlelighters is noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, at El Paso Sports Park, 1780 Zaragoza. Entry fee per team is $280.  Registration: suncitybaseball.com. Information: 731-2296, or on Facebook at Candlelighters of El Paso.

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts free monthly swim days during the summer month holiday weekends at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. 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.
  Free days are Father’s Day, June 17, Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 16 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 at, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Session runs through July 30. 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.

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 r.uri2000@yahoo.com.mx (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 elpasoskeetandtrapclub.com

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.

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 arroyosecoraceway.com.
 ASMA Track Days are June 2 and 16, and July 14-15.
 ASMA Roadracing is June 2-3.
 Drag Racing is Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 (tentative).

Big Daddy 150 — Southwest Texas Off Road Racing (STORR) hosts its second race of the year for all UTV and baja classes 7 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Spectators welcome. Information, location: 543-8224 or on Facebook at STORR915.

Running events

Lee and Beulah Moor Walk/Run for Families in Crisis — The Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home hosts the 16th annual 5K competitive race and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park. First 500 registered runners receive t-shirts. Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. Cost (by May 18): $18 ($20 after May 18); $15 military/student teams of 10 or more ($18 after May 18); $25 on race day). Online registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Information: 544-8777 or leemoor.org.
  Packet pick up is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 1.
  Proceeds benefit the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Founded in 1959, the home provides a wide range of services and programs for families in the El Paso region in need of child support and care.

Run Through the Clouds 10K — Cloudcroft Runners host the 10k run/walk and 1 mile Kids Dash benefiting Cloudcroft School Tutoring Program Saturday, June 2, starting at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, N.M. Kids Dash starts at 8 a.m. and 10K at 8:30 a.m. Run is on a mountain course with dirt and paved roads throughout the Village of Cloudcroft. Kids Dash is a 1-mile gravel trail loop around Zenith Park. Refreshments at finish line. Cost: $30; $35 on race day; ($10 kids dash for age 9 and younger; $15 on race day). Information: (575) 430-7634. Registration (by May 31) at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Pavilion at Zenith Park on Hwy 82, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line

Sun City Splash & Dash — Race El Paso’s new youth swim-run event for ages 7 to 15 is 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Ascarate Pool and Park, 6900 Delta. Family pool party follows event. Space is limited. Entry fee: $25. Ascarate Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle. Information: 256-1765. Online registration at raceelpaso.com/splash-dash.

Race for CARE — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day is 7 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at the historic Mesilla Plaza in Mesilla, N.M. Registration: $30 through June 2. Information: (575) 649-0598 or yolidiaz6@msn.com. Online registration at carelascruces.org.
  Proceeds benefit CARE (Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc.), a nonprofit organization aiding cancer patients in Doña Ana County.

El Paso’s Northwestern 10K & 5K — The 10K and 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is 7 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at ADP, 7651 San Felipe. Proceeds benefit the Borderland Rainbow Center in El Paso and the Center in New York City. Registration: $25, at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Up and Running 3233 N. Mesa., and 6 to 6:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

La Fe 5K — The 25th annual Father’s Day Community Health 5K run and 5K walk are 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at La Fe Cultural and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa (rear building) The 3.1-mile course goes through the historic Segundo Barrio neighborhood. All proceeds benefit La Fe’s culture, education, arts, and community empowerment programming. Registration: $20 through June 14 ($25 June 15-16). Discounts of $5 available for teams of 10 or more and for active duty military personnel (with valid ID at pickup). Free t-shirts for first 200 registered participants. Information:  545-7190. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Walk-in registration is available at the La Fe CTC 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ruidoso Marathon & Half Marathon — The marathon and half marathon, Schlotzky’s Bun Run 5K and Kids Run events are Sunday, June 23, at White Mountain Recreation Complex, 685 Hull in Ruidoso. Marathon begins at 6 a.m. and half-marathon at 7:30 a.m. Information:  parksrec@ruidoso-nm.gov. Registration at ruidosomarathon.com.
  Cost: $65 full marathon, $55 half marathon through May 31; $75-$85 full marathon in June, $65-$75 half marathon in June. No race day registration.
  The 5K is 5:10 p.m. and Kids Run is 5:30 p.m. at White Mountain Recreational Complex in Ruidoso, 685 Hull Road. Registration: $20 through May 31 (cost goes up in June). No race day registration. Kids dash is $10.
  Packet pickup for 5K and Kid’s Run is 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the complete.

Mission Valley Duathlon — Race El Paso’s USAT-sanctioned 5K run/20K bike/5K run at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at Tigua Recreation & Wellness Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez. Registration (through April 30): $60 individual duathlon; $45 two person relay; $30 three person relay; $30 5K.
Information: 256-1765. Registration at raceelpaso.com/mission-valley.
  The first run is followed by a 20K bike on the historical Mission Trail/Socorro Road and the second run takes participants back through the Ysleta del sur Pueblo neighborhood.

Electric 5K and 1-mile fun run — Las Cruces Running Club and City of Las Cruces hosts the 5K race and 1-mile fun run at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Meerscheidt Center, 1600 E Hadley. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Registration: $20 in advance. Register at lascrucesrunningclub. com.
  The Electric Light Parade follows the run.

‘Coolest’ 5K — The 4th of July 5K run and 1K fun run/walk is Wednesday, July 4, at Jeff Davis County Park in Fort Davis, Texas. The 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. and 1K is 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Fort Davis Higher Education Foundation. Cost: $20 through July 1; $30 on race day. Registration at active.com.

Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 12th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Sports drink, watermelon and hot dogs available at finish line. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 July 3-4. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.

Smokey Bear Stampede run — The 38th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, starting east of Smokey Bear Historical Park, at East Creek Road, Capitan, N.M. Various age divisions offered for male and female runners. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Registration: $25 by July 1; $35 July 2-4. Information, registration: (575) 354-2748 or carrizozochamber.org/area-annual-events.

Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run — The 8th annual 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk are at 8 a.m. Friday, July 6, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods, off US Hwy 70. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Registration information: (575) 464-3473, (575) 464-2367 or on Facebook at Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue.

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 raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Carry your own water container; there will be one refill station on the 8.5-mile and half-marathon routes.

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.

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