March 2017


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

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El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team’s final home game of the regular season is March 3-5 against Springfield Express at Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets; $20 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 17 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care 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: 544-0753, 503-6544, 240-3320, or Web:
• Swimming is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 4, Memorial Aquatic Center, 3251 Copper.
• Table Tennis is 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at El Paso Table Tennis Club, 2727 Wyoming.
• Huachas (Washers) is 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, Memorial Senior Center, 1800 Byron.
• Pickle Ball is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18, Gary del Palacio Recreation Center, 3001 Parkwood.
• Horseshoes are 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro.
• Volleyball is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Marty Robbins Rec. Center, 11620 Vista Del Sol ($45 team fee).
• Golf is 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Ascarate Park Golf Course, 6900 Delta.
• Basketball is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Don Haskins Recreation Center, 7400 High Ridge ($45 team fee).
• Bowling is 9 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Bowl El Paso, 11144 Pellicano.
• Tennis is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Memorial Park Tennis Courts, 3251 Copper.
• Cycling is 7 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Ascarate Park.
• Road Race (running) and Race Walk are 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North
• Track and Field is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood.
  The awards banquet is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 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 4-5, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Tickets: $15-$25; ages 2 and older must have tickets(Ticketmaster). Information:
  Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max-DTM, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt and more.

Desert Heat Classic – Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo, hosts the body building competition all day Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, with local, regional and national competitors. There will also be many vendors located in Patron’s Hall during both days of competition. Information: (575) 437-2202 or

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  Live racing runs every Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday through April 18. Post time is 1:30 p.m. with nine races each day.
• Saturday, March 4: Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap
• Friday, March 10: West Texas Maturity and West Texas Derby Trials
• Friday, March 17: New Mexico Spring Futurity Trials
• Saturday, March 18: New Mexico State University Handicap
• Friday, March 24: West Texas Futurity Trials
• Saturday, March 25: Copper Top Futurity Trials
• Saturday, April 1: West Texas Derby and Sunburst Stakes

Sun City Roller Girls — The Roller Girls’ next bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with Sexecutioners vs. La Viudas Negras. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door ($7 with valid military ID; free for ages 12 and younger); available in advance at the Pershing Inn, All That Music, Blue Panda Tattoo, Uptown Cheapskate or any Roller Girl. Information:

Chihuahuas Championship Dinner — Steve Garvey, Former Los Angeles Dodgers MVP & World Series Champion, headlines the El Paso Chihuahuas’ annual pre-season event benefiting the Chihuahuas Foundation 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the El Paso Convention Center. The event will be a celebration of the Chihuahuas 2016 Pacific Coast League (PCL) Championship as well as the first opportunity to meet the 2017 team, coaches and staff. The cocktail hour is 6 p.m. followed by dinner, a sit down interview with Chihuahuas manager, Rod Barajas, Garvey and Chihuahuas broadcaster, Tim Hagerty, and a live auction. Tickets: $100 ($1,000 nine person table; each will feature a Chihuahuas player or coach on a first come first serve basis). Tickets, information: 533-BASE or
  Garvey spent eight years as the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Dodgers “fabulous four” infield that included Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey. To this day, they remain the longest standing and most successful infield in Major League Baseball’s history leading the Dodgers to a World Series title in 1981. Garvey is a 10-time MLB All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner He holds the record for the highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman and is the only player in the history of baseball to have an errorless season at first base.
  The Chihuahuas Foundation’s purpose is to support charitable or educational projects in the local community.

New Era Wrestling — The Lucha Libre shows are 7 p.m. Fridays at 10400 Dyer. Tickets; $7-$8. Information: 356-5113, or on Facebook at NewEraEP.

College Sports

 UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $8-$50. Information: 747-5234 or
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $8-$50. Information: 747-5234 or
• Thursday, March 2: Old Dominion
• Saturday, March 4: Charlotte

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Game time is 3 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader), and 1 p.m. Sunday, unless listed otherwise. Ticket information: 747-6065 or
March 18-19: Middle Tennessee State
March 25-26: Southern Miss
• Tuesday, March 28: NMSU game time is 5 p.m.(doubleheader)
  UTEP takes on New Mexico State, at NMSU at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1.

UTEP Tennis — UTEP hosts Iowa State Saturday, March 18, at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain (in Arroyo Park). Matches start at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or

Springtime Track Invitational — The annual UTEP spring field and track meet is all day Saturday, March 25, 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

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College plays home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games are doubleheaders that begin at noon Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275.
March 17-18: Howard
March 24-25: New Mexico Junior College

Tejanas softball - The EPCC Tejanas host Howard March 24-25 at the Valle Verde Softball Field. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or Softball office: 831-2367.
  Game time is 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All games doubleheaders.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — The final home game of the regular season is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4, against UT Rio Grande Valley, in the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 7 p.m. except as noted. Tickets: $10-$30 (Ticketmaster). Information (575) 646-1447 or

NMSU Men’s Baseball — The Aggies’ home games are at Presley Askew Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Game time is 6 p.m. Tuesdays or Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Ticket information: (575) 646-4126 or
March 3-5: Yale
March 28: New Mexico

NMSU Women’s Softball — Home games at New Mexico State Softball Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Ticket information: (575) 646-4126 or
March 1: UTEP, 6 p.m.
March 15: New Mexico, 5 p.m.
March 31-April 1: Utah Valley, 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 4-5, 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 1. 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.

Full Moon Bike Ride — White Sands National Monument, 5 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts a Full Moon bike ride at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Dress warmly. Reservations begin one month in advance; space limited. Reservations via Fee is $8 per person; $4 ages 15 and younger, plus park entrance fee. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232.

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 25 years, resume March 15. These are leaderless rides of 16-22 miles for cyclists of various abilities, beginning 5:30-6 p.m. from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). Park on dirt shoulder across from shopping center.
  Alternate starting point is River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club, leaving about 15 minutes earlier to meet up with riders at Rio Plaza. 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’s Bicycle Repair, 3029 Montana, hosts a variety of rides free of charge. Information: 791-2006, or Facebook. Helmets required for all rides.

Horse Sports


Recreational Sports

First Tee — First Tee of Greater El Paso hosts programs at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Spring class session is offered March 25-May 13. Space is limited on most classes. (No classes April 15). Information: Online registration at
• Wee Ones Class is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., for ages 3-5, Saturdays. Cost: $50.
• Beginner Player Class is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, for those new to the program. Cost: $65.
• Player Class is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, for those new to the program. Cost: $65.
• Special kids class is 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Cost: $30.
• Par, Birdie, Eagle Class is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, for those certified. Fee: $75.
  Home school class is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 21-May 16. Fee: $50.

Kids’ Fishing Tournament — Ascarate Fishing Club hosts the tournament for ages 3-16 from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 12, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Prizes awarded in three age categories. Registration is 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free food and t-shirts for all registered kids. Information: 790-3788.

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 (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

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. Information: (575) 524-7913, or on Facebook.
• Short Track Shootout is Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19. Practice is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit Passes: $20 Thursday
  Racing is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon Sunday; gates open 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
• Driver Appreciation Banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Call for ticket information.
• ASCS Shootout is 7:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1. General Admission: $15; free for age 10 and under; family pack $35; pit pass $40.

Western Tech Speedway Park — 14851 Marina (off Montana 7 miles east of Loop 375). Formerly El Paso Speedway Park. General admission: $10 (free for age 10 and under). Family pack: $25 (two adults and four children under 16). Pit passes: $30. Information: 791-8749 or
  Regular season races usually begin in April; 2017 schedule to be announced.
  Western Tech Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval.

Running events

Brain Injury Support Group 5K — El Paso Brain Injury Support Group’s 6th annual 5K run 1 mile walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Mentis El Paso, 4360 Doniphan, finishing up at El Paso Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 day of race; $20 per person for teams of 10 or more. ($2 gate fee for park) Information:

Head for the Cure 5K — The 5K Run/Walk El Paso benefiting the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) and, locally, the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration through March 8: $35 ($30 per person for teams of 3 or more); $40 March 10-11. Kids Fun run for age 10 and younger: $15. Online registration at

Foam Glow 5K — The foam glow run is Saturday, March 18, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Runners must wear white; runners run through Glowing Foam and a ton of black lights all over the course. After race party for participants. Cost: $40; $10 parking fee. Spectator admission is free. Online registration at
  Packet pickup date and race time to be announced; $5 fee for packet pick up on race day.
  Along the running path, runners will find Foam Glow Zones, which are associated with a designated color: orange, pink, or blue. As the runners/walkers reach the Foam Glow Zones, they will run through different color non-toxic foam that glows in the dark under high intensity black lights.

Bataan Memorial Death March — The 28th annual marathon-length (26.2 miles) march is 7 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 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. 2016 Sponsor is the VFW.
  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 $95 individuals ($450 teams) through Dec. 31; $110 ($500 teams) Jan. 1-Feb. 11; $125 ($600 teams) Feb. 12-March 5. Mail-in registration closes Feb. 24; on-line registration March 5. 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 American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.

Insane Inflatable 5K — The inflatable obstacle challenge run is Saturday, March 25, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Waves are every 15 minutes 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adult and kids obstacle courses will be set up. No age requirement; but minimum height requirement 42”.
  Cost begins at $49. All access pass is $100; participants can sign up for any wave time, even if it’s full. Team registration available. Spectator admission is free. Information, registration:

Run United 5K — The run benefiting Parkland High School Athletics is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Parkland High School, 5932 Quail. Cost: $25 through March 23; $30 March 24-25. Discount for teams of 10 or more registering in advance. Online registration at
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Parkland High School, and 7 to 7:30 a.m. race day at the race site.

Jackrabbit Classic and Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 17th annual trail and road runs are 8 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit, off Transmountain Road. Events include a 7-mile trail run and a 5K paved road run. Cost: $25 for 5K; $30 late registration. No race day registration. Spectators pay regular $4 park entrance fee. Information: Chris, 478-5663 or Registration at
  Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. All runners must pick up packets and park entrance permit prior to race day.

Hope Brings Change 5K — The inaugural 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $20; $15 military, child 12 and younger; per person groups 5 or more; $25 everyone after March 26. Information: 600-6251 ext. 107 Online registration at
  Packet pickup and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the church or 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day.

Colors of Cancer race — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its “Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk at Sunday, April 2, at Cohen Stadium. Registration at 7 a.m. with competitive run at 8:30 a.m. and non-competitive run at 9 a.m. Cost: $30 non-competitive; $35 for the competitive; $15 non-competitive children. 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.

Spaceport America Relay Race — Spaceport America hosts a two-day, 200-mile, USA Track and Field sanctioned relay race event along the historic Rio Grande Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9. Race begins Saturday at El Paso County Coliseum, and ends Sunday in Sierra County. Team registration: $1,200 ($100 per teammate). A “Captain’s Reserve” is $120 to reserve a team slot (non-refundable). Information: or
  Teams of 6 to 12 runners will run three of the 36 different race segments (legs) ranging from 2.0 miles to 13.2 miles of the total 200 mile distance.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Two distances offered this year: 300-yard swim/18 mile bike/3-mile run; or 300-yard swim/9.3 mile bike/2-mile run. Cost for either distance: $100 through March 31; $110 April 1-21. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at
  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.

Giddyup Gallop — The 5K, Half Marathon and 1 mile fun run is Saturday, April 29, at Mayfield High School parking lot, 1955 North Valley, in Las Cruces, as part of the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. Registration: $30 5K ($75 with festival pass); $50 half marathon ($95 festival pass); fun run $10; free for kids 12 and younger. Registration at Information: (575) 541-2361 or on Facebook at Giddyup Gallop.

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 — Skating offered 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10-11, at the Sierra Providence Event Center next to the Coliseum, 4100 Paisano.
  All ages welcome. Admission: $8 (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for $5. Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area, now in its 51st season, has 11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600.
  The ski area, if weather permits, is open through March. 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 $68 ($61 age 60-69; $59 age 13-17; $48 12 and younger; $57 military and $43 for military child; free for ages 70 and older. (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. 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 $24 per day; $18 half day (weekends only).

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