February 2020

Sports

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Bicycling
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Horse Sports
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Championship Star Series — The boxing bouts are 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero, N.M. Welterweight Austin “No Doubt” Trout will face Rosbel Montoya; bouts feature Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler, Abel “King Abel” Mendozo and Triple A Attack. Tickets: $50 ($25 standing room only) Age 21 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Race days are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, with post time at 12:25 p.m. through Feb. 11, and at 1 p.m. Feb. 14-April 21. The live racing season runs through April 21.

El Paso Rhinos - The Junior League ice hockey team’s season 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.
  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.
Feb. 7-9: Northern Colorado Eagles
Feb. 21-23: Oklahoma City Blazers
March 6-8: San Diego Sabers.

Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout — Four-time world champion bull rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the 14th annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge bull-riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $15-$80; Limited table seats for $218 (Ticketmaster). Information: 534-4329 or CBRbull.com.
  Hedeman, who in recent years has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events, will serve as the producer, “chute boss” and television commentator.
  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-event activities including food, beer, shopping and autograph opportunities.

Jennifer Han boxing — El Paso’s featherweight boxing champion Jennifer Han returns to her hometown for a non-title fight 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at El Paso County Coliseum. Tickets: $25-$100 (Ticketmaster).

Harlem Globetrotters — The Globetrotters return to the area at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Since 1927, the Globetrotters have visited 115 countries and played before more than 100 million fans. Tickets: $20-$90 (Ticketmaster).

College Sports

UTEP Tennis — UTEP’s home tennis matches are at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain (in Arroyo Park). Matches begin at noon, unless listed otherwise. Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or utepathletics.com.
• Saturday, Feb. 1: Abilene Christian
• Sunday, Feb. 2: University of New Mexico
• Friday, Feb. 28: Montana State
• Sunday, March 1: Wyoming, 10 a.m.
• Monday, March 16: Chicago State
• Friday, April 10: University of Southern NM, 2 p.m.
  The Miners play NMSU at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Las Cruces.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Homes games are at the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $10-$24. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 30: Middle Tennessee State.
• Saturday, Feb. 1: UAB
• Thursday, Feb. 13: Western Kentucky
• Saturday, Feb. 15: Marshall, 2 p.m.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 general admission. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6: Charlotte
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Old Dominion.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team hosts Texas Tech for the final home games of the regular season at 11 a.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879, info@minershockey.com, or minershockey.com.

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-6065 or utepathletics.com.
  UTEP Tournament is Feb. 21-23, with IUPUI and Omaha. Games begin at 3:30 and 6 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tejanas softball — The EPCC Tejanas’ home games are at the Valle Verde Softball Field. Times vary. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or epcc.edu/Athletics. Softball office: 831-2367.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Laredo Community College. Game time is 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
March 17-18:            Garden City CC. Game time is 1 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. Wednesday.
  All games are 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, beginning March 27.
March 27-28: Western Texas           
April 17-18: Clarendon College
May 1-2: Howard College

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College play home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or epcc.edu/services/athletics.
• 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Scottsdale Community College
• 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24: University of the Southwest.
Feb. 28-March 1: Western Oklahoma State College. Game time is 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
  All games begin at noon Fridays and Saturdays starting March 6.
March 6-7: New Mexico Junior College
March 13-14: Frank Phillips College
April 3-4: Clarendon College
April 10-11: Western Texas College
April 24-25: Midland College.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $15-$18. Information (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Jan 30: CSU Bakersfield
• Saturday, Feb. 1: Grand Canyon
• Thursday, Feb. 13: Seattle U
• Saturday, Feb. 15: Utah Valley, 4 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 22: UT Rio Grande Valley
• Thursday, March 5: California Baptist.

NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Games times are 6 p.m. Thursdays and noon Saturdays, unless otherwise listed. General admission: $6-$12. Information: (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Feb. 6: Chicago State
• Saturday, Feb. 8: Kansas City, 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 27: Grand Canyon
• Saturday, Feb. 29: CSU Bakersfield, 2 p.m.

NMSU Men’s Baseball — The Aggies’ home games are at Presley Askew Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. February and March game times are 3 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. beginning Feb. 28), noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, unless listed otherwise. Tickets: $5-$10 (Ticketmaster): (575) 646-4126 or nmstatesports.com.
Feb. 14-16: Texas Southern.
Feb. 21-23: Iona
Feb. 28-March 1: Purdue.
March 20-22: Sacramento State.

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 nmstatesports.com.
Feb. 14-15: Omaha. Game time is 3 p.m. Friday (doubleheader) and noon Saturday.
• Wednesday, March 11: New Mexico, 5:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 18: Texas Tech, 4 p.m.
March 27-28: CSU Bakersfield, 6 p.m. both days. Saturday game doubleheader.
  The Troy Cox Invitational is Feb. 6-9, with Nebraska, Bradley, Arkansas and UTEP. Game time is 4 p.m. Thursday, 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Also

Hueco Tanks Rock Rodeo — The 27th annual bouldering competition is Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at Hueco Tanks State Park, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, with cash and prizes offered. Registration and other events are at Hueco Rock Ranch; competition is at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, along with a party, demonstrations, food trucks and pro climbers present. Passes are $100 for the weekend; $20 for Saturday night only. Information, registration: americanalpineclub.org/hrr
  Hueco Rock Ranch, operated by American Alpine Club, is at 17498 Bettina, about 3 miles from the state park.

Special Olympics Figure Skating — The 2020 figure skating competition is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano (at County Coliseum). Spectator admission is free. Information: 533-8229 or on Facebook at SOTX19.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 38th annual games for those age 50 and older run Feb. 22-May 14. Information, registration: 503-6544, 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  Opening Ceremony is 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg.
• Basketball Skills is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Polly Harris Center.
• Table Tennis is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at El Paso Table Tennis Club, 2727 Wyoming.
• Swimming is 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Westside Natatorium, 650 Wallenberg.
• Pickleball is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 7, Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell.
• Bowling is 9 a.m. Monday, March 9, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano. Some additional on-site fees.
• Golf is 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Ascarate Park Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Some additional on-site fees.
• Huachas (Washers) is 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron.
• Basketball is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Acosta Sports Center, 4321 Delta ($45 team fee).
• Cycling is 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28. Location to be announced.
• Volleyball is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge ($45 team fee).
• Track and Field is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood. Registration: $15.
• Tennis is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Memorial Tennis Courts, 3251 Copper.
• Horseshoes are 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25, Nolan Richardson Center.
• Road Race (1500m and 5K runs) and Race Walk (1500m and 3000m walks) are 8 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Vocational Park, 74584 Balsam.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell. Cost: $8 (RSVP).

UTEP Cheerleading Competition — The 11th annual UTEP Cheerleading Championships are 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Registration per squad: $125 through Feb. 12; $225 after February 13. Deadline is Feb. 19. Information: 241-4676, bmarquez6@utep.edu or on Facebook at UTEP Cheer.

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule on Meetup.com (El Paso Bicycle Club). 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.

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.

Bicycling


El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule on Facebook (El Paso Bicycle Club). 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.

Group Bike Riding Program — City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers weekly Group Bike Rides 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Cost per outing: $5 ($2.50 age 60 and older). Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Each ride has a set distance and designation ranging from 10 to 20 miles at 12-15 mph.

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Running events

UMC Health Start — University Medical Center’s 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UMC West Clinic, 6600 N. Desert. Kids dash begins at 9:10 a.m. for age 10 and younger. Registration: $15 5K and family walk; $5 Kids dash through Jan. 30. Packet pickup and race day registration: $20. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Up and Running, 3233 N Mesa, and 8 to 8:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Super Bowl Sunday Run VIII — The Las Cruces Running Club will host the 8th annual 1-mile fun run, 5K and 5-mile race is 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Road. Registration: $20 online through Jan. 30. Free for kids fun run. Register at lascrucesrunningclub.com. Information: register@lascrucesrunningclub.com.

Cupid’s Chase 5K — The 5K run benefiting Community Options is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago in Mesilla. Runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information: (575) 532-9275.
  Community Options supports individuals with disabilities.

Lone Star Hundred — The ultramarathon trail run is Feb. 8-9 at Franklin Mountains State Park Tom Mays Unit’s Upper Sunset Parking lot, with 100-mile and 100K events, individual and relay. The 100-mile event begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, with a 36-hour cutoff. The 100K event begins at 6 a.m. with a 35-hour cutoff. Entry fee is $240 after for the 100-mile, $170 after for the 100K; $220 for the relay. Registration at ultrasignup.com. Information: trailracingovertexas.com/lone-star-100.
  Packet pickup is noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the race site, with Racers meeting 4 to 5 p.m. Race day packet pick up is 4 to 7 a.m.
  The courses have an average altitude of about 4,800 feet but climb to 7,192 feet at North Franklin Peak. The 100-mile course will be three loops of 33.7 miles with 20,000 feet of gain and descent. The 100k will be two loops of 31 miles with 13,500 feet of gain and descent.
  Relay teams are three members for the 100-mile and two members for the 100K.
  100-mile participants must have run an event of 50, 52 or 100 miles in the past 18 months. 100K participants must have run an event of 100 miles, 50 miles or 50K in the past 18 months.

Charter Day Urban Challenge — The Silver City Territorial Charter Day’s Urban Challenge Fun Run is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, through Downtown Silver City. The run is about 5K and starts under the Downtown Arch on Broadway to the Market Street Walking Bridge. Sponsored by Silver City Main Street and WNMU. Entry fee is three cans of food for the WNMU Food Pantry & the Grant County Food Pantry. Pre-register at silvercitymainstreet.com. Race day registration is 8 am next to the Murray Ryan Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson. Information: (575) 534-1700 or silvercitymainstreet.com.

Michelob Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K — The 13th annual races are 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, starting and finishing at Southwest University Park, 1 Ballpark Plaza Downtown. Information: elpasomarathon.org.
  Registration (through Feb. 14) is $115 for the Marathon, $80 for the Half Marathon; and $40 for the 5K; and $10 for a kids dash. Entry fees at the Race Expo the day before the race go up $10.
  The El Paso Health & Fitness Expo (and packet pickup for all runners) is 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, with over 30 exhibitors and vendors.

Loretto Academy Nun Run — The 5K competitive run and non-competitive walk are 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Proceeds benefit Sister of Loretto in Pakistan, and other charities. Registration: $20 through Jan. 31; $30 beginning Feb. 1, including on race day. Information: 566-8400 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Loretto Academy’s High School Foyer (second floor), and 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day in school’s Hilton Young Gym.

Run Faster than San Pedro de Jesus — The 1-mile “short race with a long name” is 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at San Pedro De Jesus Maldonado Catholic Church, 3000 Tim Foster. Registration: $25 through Feb. 19; $30 Feb. 20-22; $20 per person teams of 10 or more. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Dave Frazier Memorial 5K — Immanuel Christian School’s inaugural 5K run and 1-mile Walk benefiting the school’s Athletic Department is 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Immanuel Christian School, 1201 Hawkins. Registration: $30 run, $15 walk, through Feb. 23 at immanuelwarriors.org
  Packet pickup is 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the school. Registration at the pickup is $35.

Run with Your Doc — The 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk benefiting Amador Health Center is Saturday, Feb. 29, at Doña Ana Community College-East Mesa Campus, 2800 Sonoma Ranch in Las Cruces. One-mile dash begins at 8 a.m. and 10K at 8:15 a.m., and 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Registration: $35 for 10K and 5K, $30 for 1 mile; youth 12 and younger $15 per event. Registration after Feb. 17 and on race day is $35. Information: Mike Coulter (915) 274-5222, Erin Underwood (575) 527-5482. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Campus, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day.

NAWIC Paving the Way 5K — National Association of Women In Construction hosts the fundraising 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun walk benefiting its scholarship fund at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 1, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205. Registration (through Feb. 28): $25; $30 on Feb. 29 and race day. Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, and 8 to 8:45 a.m. on race day at the race site. Information: Chris Rowley, 478.5663 or upandrunningelpas@earthlink.net.

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.


Winter sports

Public Ice Skating — “Holidays on Ice” public skating 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., at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Admission: $12; $10 military (skate rental included). Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpasohockey.org. or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area offers 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 $75 ($65 age 55-69 and age 6-13 and military; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. Prices slightly higher on holiday peak days (Dec. 22-Jan 4, Jan. 18-20, Feb. 15-17). Season passes: $450-$800. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices.
  Gondola Rides are $35 ($25 age 6-13, seniors and military).
  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; may close due to weather or other conditions. Cost: $75; $68 senior or child; $125 tandem (guide with child 5-9).
  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 (daily during Spring Break). Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, skicloudcroft.net 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 two-hour sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20.

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 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including holidays, weather permitting. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (575) 644-5525 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 “Twilight Tubing” 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 ruidosowinterpark.com.


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