March 2019


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

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El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run March 2-May 22 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 503-6544 or
  Opening Ceremony is 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg.
• Basketball Skills — 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Polly Harris Center.
• Huachas (Washers) — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron.
• Table Tennis — 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at El Paso Table Tennis Club, 2727 Wyoming.
• Pickle Ball — 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell.
• Horseshoes — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro.
• Volleyball — 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Marty Robbins Rec. Center, 11620 Vista Del Sol ($45 team fee).
• Golf — 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Ascarate Park Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Some additional on-site fees.
• Swimming — 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Leo Cancellare Aquatic Center, 650 Wallenberg.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta. Cost: $8 (RSVP).

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2-3, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Gates open one hour before event. Tickets start at $15; ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information:
  Pet Party access starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with party 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pit party early access is $35 (general pit party passes are $15).

El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s Major Arena Soccer League team’s games are at 7:15 p.m. at El Paso County Coliseum. Individual tickets: $12 general admission; $20 box seating; kids admitted free with purchase of adult ticket. Information: 229-1416, or social media.
• Friday, March 8: Monterrey Flash
• Friday, March 15: Dallas Sidekicks
• Friday, March 29: Monterrey Flash

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team’s final home games of the regular season are against Wichita Jr. Thunder 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8-10, 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

El Paso Locomotive FC — El Paso’s professional soccer team’s inaugural season opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, vs. OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park. Individual tickets: $5 to $49. Season tickets are $170 general admission; $204-$493 reserved. Groups, and Premium Seating Options available. Information: 235-GOAL,, or
  Game time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise listed:
• Saturday, March 23: Rio Grande Valley FC
• Saturday, March 30: Orange County SC

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  The 60th season of the live racing runs through May 5. Post time is 12:50 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
  The 16th running of the Sunland Derby is Sunday, March 24. Other stakes races that day are Sunland Parks Oaks, Harry W. Henson Handicap, Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, New Mexico State University Stakes, New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks and New Mexico Breeders’ Derby.
  Upcoming Stakes races:
• Saturday, March 9: West Texas Maturity.
• Saturday, March 16: Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

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).
  The Globetrotters’ current roster includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Torch George and Hoops Green.
  Prior to every performance, fans can secure a ticket to Magic Pass, the Globetrotters’ exclusive pre-game event.

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 weekly racing series begins Saturday, April 6. General admission: $15; $5 age 6-11; free for age 5 and younger; $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 (grandstands closed).
  The 305 Spring Shootout is Friday and Saturday, March 29-30. Regular admission applies.

Sun City Crit — The USA Crits cycling event is Saturday, March 30, in Downtown El Paso. Crits are bicycle races, involving multiple laps on a short-circuit course. The Sun City Crit course runs along Main, Oregon, Overland and Stanton; starting line is at Mesa and Main. The event will feature categories ranging from juniors ages 9 and up, to pro cyclists, with a top prize of $7,500 for both men and women pros. The categories include handcycle and recumbents for Project Hero. There will also be a 5K running race.
  Events run from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with awards at 9:40 p.m.
  Registration: Information: or Online registration closes March 25; onsite registration available. Entry fees range from $20 to $60.
  A free kids race is at 1:05 p.m.

Kick Ball Tournament — Eta Iota Zeta Sorority hosts the fundraising tournament 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Franklin Park, 6050 Quail, benefitting the sorority’s Education Foundation Scholarship Fund. Registration at Eventbrite. Information: KaLeisha Johnson, or (919) 961-8272, or on Facebook at etaiotazeta.elpaso.

College Sports

UTEP Women’s Basketball - The final home game of the regular season is against North Texas at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5. information: 747-5234 or

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. The first Conference USA home games are 1 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday, March 9-10 against Charlotte. Ticket information: 747-6065 or Other home games:
• 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19: NMSU (doubleheader)
• 1 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday, March 23-24: University of Southern Mississippi

Springtime Track Invitational — The annual UTEP spring field and track meet is all day Saturday, March 16, at Kidd Field. The event features men’s and women’s college teams as well as the top qualifying high school athletes from the region. Information: 747-5812 or

Tejanas softball - The EPCC Tejanas’ home games are at the Valle Verde Softball Field. Home games are doubleheaders starting at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, unless listed otherwise. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or Softball office: 831-2367.
March 10-11: Seward County Community College. Games are noon Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday.
April 5-6: Luna College

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College play home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games begin at noon. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or
March 22-23: Luna Community College
March 29-30: New Mexico Military

NMSU Men’s Basketball — The final home game of the regular season is against California Baptist at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15-$30. Information (575) 646-1447 or

NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. General admission: $6. Information: (575) 646-1447 or
• 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28: Kansas City
• Noon Saturday, March 2: Chicago State.

NMSU Men’s Baseball — The Aggies’ home games are at Presley Askew Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Tickets: $5-$10 (Ticketmaster): (575) 646-4126 or
March 1-3: Delaware. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and 12:05 p.m. Sunday.
March 8-10: La Salle. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and Sunday.
March 22-24: CSU Bakersfield. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sunday.
• Tuesday, March 26: New Mexico, 6:05 p.m.

NMSU Women’s Softball — Home games at New Mexico State Softball Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-4126 or
• Tuesday, March 5: Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
March 23-24: North Dakota. Games are 4 p.m. both days, doubleheader on Saturday.
• Tuesday, April 2: New Mexico, 4 p.m. (doubleheader)
April 5-6: Utah Valley. Games are 6 p.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader)



The TriFecta Omnium — The Las Cruces/Hillsboro, N.M. cycling event is Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, with a time trial and criterium Saturday and road race Sunday. Fees: $15 for time trial, $20 for criterium and $35 for road race ($60 for all three); late fee after March 14. No race day registration. Information, registration or USAC license required; no race day registration.
  Saturday’s events begin on REA Road in Las Cruces. Time Trial course is out and back on a frontage road for 20K, and the criterium course is a flat, square 1-mile circuit near the time trial course.
  Sunday’s race course starts in Hillsboro, goes toward Lake Valley and returns to Hillsboro, then finishes with 9 miles uphill to Kingston. Distance is 35 or 53 miles depending on category.

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, beginning March 13. The favorite route is a 19-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Riders leave from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft), beginning 5:15-5:45 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

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,


Spring Trifecta — The spring golf tournament is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Two person team, 27-hole tournament with a 9-hole scramble, 9-hole alternate shot and 9-hole best ball. Cost: $50 by March 1 (includes green fee, cart fee and lunch). Prizes offered. Open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 568-9979.

St. Paddy’s Day Tournament — Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe, hosts the three-person scramble tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Cost: $40 per person (by noon March 15); includes lunch, cart fees, prizes and green fees. Sing up at the Pro Shop. Open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 568-9979.

First Tee Greater El Paso — Spring Break Camp is 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, March 18-21, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta, for ages 5-18. Optional play time is 1 to 3 p.m. Fee: $60 camp; $10 per day for optional play. Cost for camp and four days of play $90. Registration: Information: 252-6511 or on Facebook at The First Tee of Greater El Paso.
  Spring Session youth classes are Saturdays, March 30-May 11, Ascarate.
• Par Class is 9 to 11 a.m. for those currently in PAR level. Fee: $75.
• Birdie/Eagle level Classes are 9 to 11 a.m. Fee: $75.
• Wee Ones Class is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for age 3 1/2 to 5; space is limited to 20 registrants. Classes: Fee: $60.
• “Purcell” Special Kids Class are 1 to 2:30 p.m. No age limit. Fee: $30.
• Beginner PLAY-er Classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, for ages 5-18 new to the program. Fee: $75.
• "Returning" PLAY-er Classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays for ages 5 to 18 who have participated in at least one session. Fee: $75.
  Home School classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 26-May 7, for age 5-18. Fee: $65.

Topgolf Spring Academy — Topgolf, 541 Vin Rambla, hosts half-day golf clinics of for age 6-12 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, March 18-20, for kids. Children should have appropriate attire and footwear, such as tennis shoes (no golf spikes). Golf clubs will be provided, but children are welcome to bring their own. Cost: $99 (includes lunch). Registration at Information: 845-9028 or

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Doña Ana Senior Olympics
— The Doña Ana Senior Olympic Games run through April 29, throughout the Las Cruces area, for ages 50 and older. Athletes will need to pre-register for their individual sports at least two weeks before each qualifying tournament.
  The games are the preliminaries for the New Mexico Senior Olympic Games July 18-22 in Albuquerque. Information: (575) 649-3167 or Full registration contact list at
• Bowling events begin at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28-March 1, at White Sands Bowl.
• Pickleball is 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Meerscheidt Center
• Swimming is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at NMSU Pool
• Tennis is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16 (singles) and Sunday, March 17 (doubles and mixed) at Lions Park
• Trap and Skeep Shoot is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Butterfield Range
• Golf is 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Picacho Hills Country Club
• 5K and 10K Road Race is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at La Llorona Park
• Archery is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at B&J’s.
• Track and field events and race walks begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Centennial High
• Horseshoes is 8 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Meerscheidt Center
• Basketball Freethrow and 3 Point is 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Meerscheidt
• Shuffleboard is 1 p.m. Monday, April 22 (singles) and Tuesday, April 23 (doubles) at St. Genevieve’s Hall
• Fun and Recreation events including Huachas are 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Mesilla Park by Papen Hall
• Dance and talent performance is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Good Sam Auditorium
• Air Gun (rifle and pistol) events are 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday through Monday April 27-29.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 17 weeks” Winter 2019 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 April 29, 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 17 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center.

Disc Golf — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts disc golf Family and Friend games 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, March 9-30, at Mesilla Park, 304 W. Bell. Fee: $2; free for under 18. Registration continues until spaces are filled at Information: (575) 541-2455.
  The city’s Family and Friend groups focusing on fun outdoor games will change every four weeks.

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

Brain Injury Support Group 5K — El Paso Brain Injury Support Group’s 8th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $20 per person for teams of 10 or more. ($2 gate fee for park) Information:

Healthcare Heroes 5K — El Paso Healthcare Heroes 5K, fun run and health fair is Saturday, March 9, at Ascarate Park, 6000 Delta. Race, run, or walk alongside local healthcare heroes, form a team for your business or organization, and learn more about healthcare resources in the area. Open to all ages and abilities. Proceeds benefit local student’s professional development in healthcare careers, and engagement efforts in the community. Registration: $25 through March 8; $30 on race day. Information:

Chili Pepper Series — The 4-day series offers five events each day is Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-16, at La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Each day includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon and 50K run beginning at 7 a.m. Walkers welcome. The courses are multiple laps with one central food/aid station. Entry fee: 5k: $30 by March 8 $40 after; 10K: $40/$50; Half Marathon: $110; Marathon: $130; 50K: $140. Information, registration:
  Optional early start at 6 a.m. (bring flashlight). Race day packet pickup/registration begins at 5:30 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K — St. Patrick’s A.C.T.S. host the competitive 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. Online registration at

Bataan Memorial Death March — The 30th annual marathon-length (26.2 miles) march is 7 a.m. Sunday, March 17, starting at 1318 Aerobee at the White Sands Missile Range to honor U.S. and Filipino troops captured by the Japanese in WWII. Marchers should arrive at 5 a.m.; opening ceremony begins at 6:35 a.m. A 14.2-mile honorary march also offered.
  The 26.2-mile memorial march route starts on the White Sands main post, crosses hilly desert terrain, circles a small mountain and returns to the main post through sandy desert trails and washes. Elevation ranges from about 4,100 to 5,300 feet.
  Registration is $125 ($600 teams) through March 3. No late or on-site registration accepted. Information: (575) 678-4654, (575) 678-1134,, Online registration at
  On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of soldiers surrendered to invading Japanese forces. Their captors marched them more than 60 miles through treacherous jungle and into captivity. Thousands died along the way, and those who survived faced years as prisoners of war.

Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 7th annual Fallen Trooper 5K run and 1-mile walk is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20 ($10 kids). No race day registration; $2 vehicle fee for Ascarate Park. Registration:

Run for Shoes 5K — epkicks *run for shoes* 5K and 1 mile runs are 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Up and Running Westside, 3233 N. Mesa. Registration: $25 ($20 per person for teams of 10 or more); $30 on race day. Registration:
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29 and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the race site.
  Proceeds benefit epkicks, a non-profit organization that provides new shoes to underprivileged children/youth in El Paso.

Hope Brings Change 5K — The 3rd annual 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hope City Community Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $25; $20 age 12 and younger; $30 all runners after March 29. Registration at Information: 600-6251, ext. 107 or
  Packet pick up and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day a the church.

Tutus for Kidneys 5K — The 5K run walk, 1 mile walk and health fair benefiting Amigo Kidney Foundation is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Braden Aboud Memorial Park, 4325 Riverbend. Registration: $20 by April 4; $25 April 5-6. Registration at
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.
  Refreshments available at finish line.
Prizes for the best tutu.

Coach Archie Duran Memorial — The 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun walk benefiting Archie Duran Memorial Fund is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at Nations Tobin park, 8831 Railroad. Registration: $25 through April 5; $30 on April 6 and on race day at
  Packet pickup is Saturday, April 6(site to be determined) and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

JackRabbit Classic — The 19th annual trail race is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Unit. Four and Eight mile trail options available. Registration: $25 through April 4; $30 April 5-6; no race day registration. Park entrance fee: $5. Information: or Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration:
  Packet pick up is noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa.

Run Together 5K — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its 3rd annual ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk Sunday, April 7, at Sue Young Park, 9730 Diana. Cost: $30 non-competitive event ($35 race day); $35 ($40 race day_ for the competitive; $15 ($20 race day) non-competitive children’s event. Information: 562-7660 or Registration at
  Participants are encouraged to wear a color associated with the ribbon color supporting the cancer. All the money raised from the 5K Run/Walk will stay in El Paso and will be administered through the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, the community’s local resource for cancer.

Father Yermo Spartan Run — The 2nd annual 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun walk is Saturday, April 13, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Proceeds benefit the Father Yermo Schools Capital Campaign. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 on race day. Team registration for 5 or more is $15 per person. $2 park entrance fee per car. Registration:
  Packet pickup is noon to 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Father Yermo School, 220 Washington, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race day.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female sprint and supersprint events begin 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Both distances start with a 300-yard swim in an indoor pool. The course then takes athletes on a challenging and rewarding bike route (1 loop for Super Sprint, 2 loops for Sprint). The race finishes off with a run through the Memorial Park area of Central El Paso (2 loops for Super Sprint, 3 loops for Sprint). Registration: $90-$130. Proceeds benefit the Center Against Family Violence. Information: Registration at
  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; or girlfriends. Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.

Carrera por un Corazon de Niño — The 2nd annual 5K competitive run and 1-mile run walk is 8 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Union Plaza Park, 117 Anthony in Downtown El Paso. Part of El Paso Marathon’s “More Than a Marathon” Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $20 by May 15; $25 after. Registration:
  Packet pick up is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and on race day at the event 7 to 7:45 a.m.
  Proceeds go towards cardiovascular operations and procedures for congenital heart disorders of children in Juárez.

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.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area is open for its 53rd season 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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