May 2019


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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. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday:
• Saturday, April 27: Reno 1868 FC
• Sunday, May 12: New Mexico United
• Saturday, May 18: Sacramento Republic FC.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 22. Information, registration: 503-6544 or
• Track and Field — 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood. Registration: $15.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta. Cost: $8 (RSVP).

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.
  Upcoming Stakes races:
• Sunday, April 28: Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap
• Sunday, May 5: New Mexican Spring Futurity, West Texas Futurity, West Texas Juvenile Stakes and New Mexican Spring Fling.
  This year’s simulcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, will take place once more during the live racing season, along with the 60th running of the Sunland Park Handicap and Copper Top Futurity. Admission is free; Turf Club package is $30 (includes tip sheet, racing program and commemorative glass); buffet on its own: $16 (served 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. All weekday game times are 7:05 p.m. with (game time 11:05 a.m. May 22). Sunday games are 1:05 p.m. through May, and 6:05 p.m. starting in June. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or
May 3-6: Salt Lake Bees
May 7-10: Albuquerque Isotopes
May 21-24: Reno Aces
  Bark at the Park take your dog to the park day is Friday, May 31.

El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame — The Prices Give Em Five Hall of Fame Banquet is 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at EPCC Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount, Building A. Tickets: $30 ($300 table). Honorees to be announced. Information:

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs May10 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

El Paso Lions Football — The West Texas Lions semi-pro football team ends its regular season with a home game against Lubbock Liberty Eagles at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino. Tickets: $5; available in advance at Information: 309-5923, or on Facebook at El Paso Lions (@highpowerathletics).
  The Lions are part of the Cross Roads Amateur Football League, featuring teams throughout Texas.

BorderRAC Pull for Trauma Trap Shoot — BorderRAC hosts the fundraising trap shoot event 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at El Paso Skeet & Trap Club: 9817 Alameda. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Each shooter will shoot two rounds of 25 targets each (must bring their own shotgun and ammo). First 50 registrants will receive complimentary gun locks. Prizes awarded to Top Team and Top Individual Shooter. BorderRAC will highlight gun safety. Cost: $250 for five-person team or $50 per individual. Lunch available for $7 per person Information: (BorderRAC) 838-3200 or

El Paso Roller Derby — The 2019 season opens with a doubleheader Saturday, May 18, at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad, featuring TexPistols vs. RGV Bandidas and Derby Bliss Brigade vs. Hooligans. 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.

La Muerte de Las Cruces — Las Cruces’ Women’s Football Alliance’s home games are selected Saturdays at the Las Cruces Public Schools’ Sports Complex’s “Field of Dreams,” 2501 Tashiro. The team is part of the WFA’s Mountain Conference. Ticket, times: (575) 639-0750,, or on Facebook at La MuerteDeLas Cruces.
May 18: Mile High Blaze
June 8: Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz.

Borderland Roller Derby — The derby’s opening season bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Diablas vs. Sexies. 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.

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2019 season runs May 24-Aug. 26. Teams are Alpine Cowboys, Roswell Invaders, White Sands Pupfish, Santa Fe Fuego, Tucson Saguaros, Wasco Reserves, Trinidad Triggers, Garden City Wind California City Whiptails, Monterey Amberjacks, High Desert Yardbirds and Bakersfield Train Robbers. Full schedule:
  Area teams:
  Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in Alpine, Texas. Information:
  White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs Park, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information:
  Roswell Invaders play at Joe Bauman Park, 2500 SE Main, in Roswell, N.M. Information:

King of the Clays Fun Shoot — Sun City 4-H Club hosts the fundraising shotgun sports competition 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club. Roy Johnson Lane, Building 3730. Cost: $60. Information: 915-491-3897 or

College Sports

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s final home games are 1 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday, May 4-5 vs. Florida International University at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-6065 or

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College play its final home games May 3-4 against Odessa College at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games begin at noon. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or



Tour of the Gila Bike Races — The 33rd annual stage bicycle races are May 1-5 in Silver City, N.M. More than 500 athletes compete in professional and amateur bicycle races ranging from 168 to 340 miles in length, including three road races, and individual time and men’s and women’s criterium races. Information: (575) 388-3222 or

Bicycle Rodeo Health Fair — El Paso Pediatric Associates, in collaboration with El Paso Health and the Texas Medical Association, hosts the 3rd annual bike rodeo and health fair 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at 1160 Saddle Bronc Drive. The fair will focus on properly fitting bicycle helmets. El Paso Chihuahuas’ “Chico” will be there 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is free. Information: Roger Hovis, 593-2033 or, or at
  First 50 children receive a free bicycle helmet fitted by a pediatrician, as well as a draw-string backpack. Accompanying adults can receive a health screening.

Ride of Silence — A silent noncompetitive cycling event to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, starting on the historic plaza in Mesilla. Information:

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. 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.


First Tee Benefit Tournament — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its 6th annual fundraising golf tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, 1858 Cottonwoods. Proceeds from this tournament go to the First Tee of Greater El Paso. Cost: $150 per player; $600 per team. Information: 252-6511 or

Junior Woman’s Club Golf Tournament — The 17th annual “Spring Swing” tournament benefiting local charities is 8 a.m. Friday, May 3, at Vista hills Country Club, 2201 Trawood. Four-person scramble format. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lunch follows tournament. Registration: $100 (includes greens fees, golf cart, goody bag, continental breakfast, drinks, lunch and door prize ticket). Registration: 920-4881. Information:

Golf Classic — Pioneer Abstract & Title hosts the 2nd annual golf event benefiting White Sands Habitat for Humanity is Saturday, May 4, at Desert Lakes Golf Course, 2351 Hamilton Rd. in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: (575)

Spring Swing Golf Tournament — Las Cruces Home Builders Association is 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, 1274 Golf Club Road in Las Cruces. Information:

St. Mark’s Golf Tournament — St. Mark’s Men Ministry hosts its first fundraising golf tournament is Saturday, May 11, at Anthony Country Club, 2100 W. O’Hara Road in Anthony, N.M. Tee time is 8 a.m.; four-person scramble format. Cost: $75 per player; $300 team (includes lunch buffet). Sponsorships available. Registration: Glenn Myers, 261-5522, or Adrian Slater, 740-7140. Information:

Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament — The Ronald McDonald House of El Paso will host its 27th annual tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Registration information: 542-1522, or on Facebook.
  The annual dinner and auction, “Splendors of the Orient” is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Coronado Country Club; reservations required.

Edwards-Zuloaga Golf Championship — The 70th annual championship golf event is Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Championship and senior championship, as well as ladies division, flighted men’s divisions and a junior division featured. Information: 772-7381 or

First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts its summer programs 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursday, June 3-Aug. 8, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta, and other courses. Financial aid, military discounts, and sibling discounts offered. Cost: $75 per child per week. Information: 252-6511 or
  Additional summer classes offered Saturdays, June 1-29 and July 6-Aug. 3:
  Wee Ones sessions for ages 3 1/2 to 5 are 9 to 10 a.m. Space is limited. Cost: $50.
  “All In” class sessions for those who can’t participate during the week are 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Fee: $60.
  Purcell Special Needs Kids Classes are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $30.

Painted Dunes Summer Golf Camps — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts junior golf camps for kids ages 5 to 17 are 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 3-Aug. 8, for all skill levels. Instruction focused on fundamentals of golfing including driving, chipping, putting and on course play. Cost: $75 per week (includes snacks). Class size limited. Information: 821-2122 or

PGA Junior Golf League — First Tee of Greater El Paso seeks players age 8 to 13 for the summer PGA Jr. League Team, with practices 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participants learn from PGA and LPGA professionals. Players must not turn 14 before July 31, 2019. Fee: $225. Information: 252-6511. Registration:

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Kids’ Fishing Derby
— Ascarate Fishing Club hosts it quarterly free fishing event for ages 3-16 kids 7:30 to noon Saturday, May 18, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Free use of poles for all registered kids. Information: 478-0406 or on Facebook at officialascaratefishingclub.

Gus Macker Basketball Tournament - The annual 3-on-3 tournament begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. Team entry fee: $132 at

Motor Sports

Vado Speedway Park — 15900 Stern in Vado, N.M. The new 3/8-mile oval track is scheduled to open Saturday, April 20,
for the season running 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. Other events:
• Thursday, May 2: Test ‘n’ Tune practice 6-10 p.m.; $25 pit pass only, no grandstand admission.
• Ranch Milagro Short Track Shootout is Friday through Sunday, May 3-5. Admission: $15, Youth (6-11) $5, Kids 5 & Under free. Pit Pass $40.

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
  ASR Test N Tunes is Saturday, May 18.
  ASR Drags Bracket Series event is Sunday, May 19.
  Trackdays are May 4 and 11 and June 2 and 8.
  ASMA Roadracing is Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

Running events

DMRS Breaking Walls 5K — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk benefiting Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Registration begins at 8 a.m. First 200 people to register by April 16 will receive a free T-shirt. Registration (through April 16); $20; $25 on race day. information: 532-3975, ext. 1005, or

Run for the Kids Color Run — The 5K color fun benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Penny Park, 1305 N. Grant, in Silver City. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $25 through March 31; child walk is free with paid adult. Information: (575) 449-2728 or Registration:

Run/Walk for Autism — Southwest Chapter of the Autism Society of America will host its 11th annual awareness and fundraising 5K run and walk and one-mile family fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter. Registration, information: 772-9100, or on Facebook at AutismSocietyEP.

‘Step Out’ EDPA Diabetes Walk — El Paso Diabetes Association’s annual fun walk, is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25 per person. Both individual and group registration available. Registration at Information: 532-6280.

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K — Spartyka Nation Apparel hosts the 7th annual USATF-sanctioned 5K run and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at El Paso Community College, 9570 Gateway North. Registration: $25 per event through April 26; $30 April 27 and on race day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and race day packet pick up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the race site.

Knights 5K4PK — The 8th annual competitive 5K Run and 1- mile castle walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (parking lot near softball field on Anise). Information: 881-4590. Registration; $20; $25 on race day. Registration at
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Up and Running East, 1475 George Dieter, or 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Braden Aboud Memorial Run — The 13th annual 5K run and 5K/1-mile fun run/walk benefiting the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at 5265 Roxbury (parking lot of Zach White Elementary). This year’s run is a Cinco de Mayo theme with multiple vendors, mariachi music, inflatables, dog adoptions and more at the race site. Registration: $20 ($10 19 and younger) at No race day registration for competitive run. Information: 833-0393 or, or on Facebook at bradenaboud.
  The foundation, named after a local middle school student killed in a skiing accident, is dedicated to improving the health and educational development of El Paso’s youth.

Juarez Mountains “Don Rayo” runs — The Juarez running trail runs are 5:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at Don Rayo National Park in Juarez. El Paso registration: $15 7K and 17K; $25 27K and $36 50K+ runs; online only at (limited to first 50 registrants) at
  Packet pickup is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at Hotel Mesa Luna, Paseo de la Victoria #3508 in Ciudad Juarez. Transportation available from free bridge.

Cloudcroft Ultra 53K and 9.5-miler — The long-distance trail run is Saturday, May 18, at Zenith Park Pavilion in Cloudcroft, N.M. The 53K begins at 7 a.m. and 9.5 miler at 7:30 a.m. Both races are an out-and-back on the Rim Trail (T105). Registration: $45 9.5-miler; $85 53K. Proceeds benefit the Cloudcroft Runners and Cloudcroft High School Cross Country Team. Registration:
  Packet pick up is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the pavilion in Zenith Park, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. on race day.

Fallen Officer Memorial Run — El Paso Municipal Officers Association’s 6th annual 10K and 5K runs and 1-mile walk in memory of 31 fallen heroes is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Marco’s Pizza, 7560 Cimarron Market. Race day registration and packet pick-up is 7 to 7:45 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 on race day. Discount for teams of 15 or more through May 13. Information: Mike Coulter, 274-5222 or Registration at
  Packet pick-up is 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 16-17, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. race day at Marco’s Pizza.

Wicked Wine Run — The 5K run and 1K Tasting Walk is Saturday, May 18, at La Viña Winery, 4201 Hwy 28 in La Union, N.M. with 5K run at 5:30 p.m. and 1K tasting walk at 7 p.m. with four wine stations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $45 for each event; $70 for both. Price may increase closer to event and on race day. Parking is $10. All runners must be 21 or older. Registration at
  Awards offered for top finishers as well as for most outrageous costume.

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.

Vision Unlimited 8K — The 8K, 5K run and 1-mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20 (discount for teams of 10 or more). Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; registration at

Lee and Beulah Moor Walk/Run for Families in Crisis — The Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home hosts the 17th annual 5K competitive race and 1-mile fun walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park. Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. Cost (by May 19): $20 ($25 after May 19); $15 military/student teams of 10 or more ($20 after May 19); $25 on race day). Online registration at Information: 544-8777 or
  Packet pick up is 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 31.
  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.

Sun City Splash & Dash — Race El Paso’s new youth swim-run event for ages 7 to 15 is 8 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 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
  For ages 7 to 10: 100 meter swim, 1K run. Ages 11 to 15: 200 meter swim, 2.25K run. The entire course is closed for the safety of all participants. Following the race, participants and their families are invited to swim and enjoy the morning at the family pool.

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

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