July 2019


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Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game — El Paso Chihuahuas will host the 32nd edition of the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10, at Southwest University Park. Information: 533-BASE or visit EPChihuahuas.com.
  Combo tickets for Monday’s Home Run Derby and Wednsesday’s All-Star Game are $30-$100.
  Started in 1988, the game features the International League vs. the Pacific Coast League.
  YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala brings his “Theory of Beisbol” event for the Triple-A Home Run Derby Monday.

El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game times are 7 p.m. (Sunday games are 6 p.m.). Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com. Special rates for military, first responders and veterans Monday through Thursdays via GovX.com or at the ballpark box office with valid ID.
June 29-July 3: Fresno Grizzlies
July 11-14: Albuquerque Isotopes
July 26-28: Las Vegas 51s. Bark at the Park take your dog to the park day with dog giveaways to first dogs in attendance is July 26 (travel bowl).

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2019 season runs through 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: pecosleague.com.
  Area teams:
  Alpine Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, 400 Loop Road in Alpine, Texas. Information: alpine.pecosleague.com.
  White Sands Pupfish home games are at Griggs Park, 3000 N. Florida, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: whitesandspupfish.com.
  Roswell Invaders play at Joe Bauman Park, 2500 SE Main, in Roswell, N.M. Information: rosewellinvaders.com.

Borderland Roller Derby — The derby’s opening season bout is 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, with a doubleheader featuring Sexies vs. Viudas and Catrinas vs. Diablas. Tickets: $10; ($7 with valid military ID; $1 for ages 10 and younger; or $8 each for pack of six) at brownpapertickets.com. Information: borderlandrollerderby.com or on Facebook.

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, eplocomotivefc.com, or tickets@eplocomotivefc.com. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 17: San Antonio FC
• Saturday, July 20: Real Monarchs SLC.
• Saturday, Aug. 3: Portland Timbers 2

Lucha Libre — RWA Border Wrestling Association and Border Impact Group presents Night of Champions at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Stout Physical Fitness Center, 2930 Cassidy Road. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: 588-8247.
  Three luchadors, Flamarion vs. Skydee vs. Crazy Star, will challenge each other in the ring for the RWA Cruiserweight Championship triple threat.

El Paso Roller Derby — The doubleheader bout Saturday, July 20, at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad, featuring Beast Mode vs. Derby Bliss Brigade and Crash Test Dollies 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, eprollerderby.com, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.
  The teams are part of the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

College Sports



Aqua Posse International Invitational — El Paso Aqua Posse’s annual summer swimming invitational is Friday through Sunday, July 5-6, at Westside Natatorium, 650 Wallenberg. The meet usually attracts more than 400 athletes from Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Spectator admission is free. Information: aquaposse.org.

West Texas Shootout — El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda, hosts the first ever nationally registered Sporting Clays shoot in El Paso County 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26-28. Cost varies depending on event; scholarships available. Corporate sponsorships welcome. Information: 526-8624 or elpasoskeetandtrap.com.

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs m through Labor Day weekend. Regular post time is 1 p.m. Fridays through Sundays; times vary on Trial Race days. Call or check website for other dates and times. General admission and parking are free, except for select weekends. Grandstand seating: $15 (counter seat); $50-$60 tables; $45-$100 boxes. Turf club reservations are $20; valet parking is $7. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.


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.
  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 5:30-6 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 facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.


Dimas Vasquez Golf Tournament — The annual tournament benefiting Special Olympics of Texas—Area 19 begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Four-man scramble format. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $125 ($500 team of four). Information: 533-8229, mvargas@sotx.org or sotx.org/elpasogolf.
  The tournament is named for Dimas Vasquez, a golf coach for Special Olympics who died of cancer in 2009.

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

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 macker.com.

Learn to Swim Camp — El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation Learn to Swim 9 to 10:30 a.m. for Session I and 10:30 a.m. noon for Session II Saturday, June 1 and 8, at Grandview Outdoor Aquatic Center, 3100 Jefferson, for ages 5 to 17. Includes swim lessons, water safety topics for both children and parents and fun activities. Every participant must wear proper swim attire. Free, but advance registration required: 212-0397 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  Age 12 and older also have the opportunity to learn some lifeguard-training techniques.

Michael G. Vasquez Baseball Tournament — The 25th annual Memorial Baseball Tournament benefiting Candlelighters is noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 14-16, at Northeast Regional Park, 11270 McCombs. Entry fee per team is $295; deadline is June 9. Registration: suncitybaseball.com. Information: John (575) 448-1864, or Sergio (915) 867-7591 or suncitytournamets.com.

Aqua Posse Summer Program — El Paso Aqua Posse’s swimming program regularly runs through July. East and West league clinics offered. The professionally coached swimming program helps swimmers develop self-discipline and grow as an individual. This is not a “learn to swim” program. Information: aquaposse.org or on Facebook at EPAP-El Paso Aqua Posse.

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.

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts monthly free swim days at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. Upcoming free swim days are Father’s Day (June 16), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 2). Hours are noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children 8 and under must have an adult in the pool at all times (within arm’s reach and only two children 8 and under per adult). Free swim sessions subject to capacity regulations. Information: (575) 541-2782.

Motor Sports

Vado Speedway Park — 15900 Stern in Vado, N.M. The new 3/8-mile oval track season runs 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, vadopeedwaypark.com 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.

Arroyo Seco Raceway — The Southern New Mexico track is located off Hwy 549, off I-10 at the Akela exit, with drag racing, motorcycle racing, sportscar testing and more. Call for ticket prices and times. Information: (575) 494-4794 or arroyosecoraceway.com.
  ASR Test N Tunes is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
  Trackdays are July 13 and Aug. 10-11.

Running events

Electric 5K and 1-mile fun run — Las Cruces Running Club and City of Las Cruces hosts the 5K race and 1-mile fun run at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Meerscheidt Center, 1600 E Hadley. Registration: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
  The annual Electric Light Parade follows the run.

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

Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 13th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Thursday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 on July 3 and on rce day. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. on race day at Up and Running.

Freedom Race — The Independence Day weekend American Eagle runs are Thursday through Monday, July 4-8, in Las Cruces. Half Marathon/10k/5k and 1K distances offered. Sign up at active.com.

Smokey Bear Stampede run — The 39th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, starting east of Smokey Bear Historical Park, at East Creek Road, Capitan, N.M. Various age divisions offered for male and female runners. Information, registration: (575) 354-2748 or carrizozochamber.org/area-annual-events.

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

Bottomless Triathlon — The 36th annual 400M swim, 14K bike ride and 4K run is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Bottomless Lakes State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell, N.M. (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy 409). New for 2019 is the “AquaBike” Swim and Bike only option.
  Cost: $50 through July 1; $60 after. Youth registration for age 17 and younger is free through July 1; $10 after. Mixes relay teams are $75 through July 1; $90 after.
  Registration deadline is July 10; no race day registration. Information: (575) 624-8284, Facebook at Bottomless Triathlon or. Registration at newmexicosportsonline.com.
  Packet pickup is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 200 E. 19th Street, in Roswell, and 6:30 a.m. on race day at Bottomless Lakes.

Yank Kannady Memorial Run — The 3rd annual Yank Kannady Memorial Organ Donor Awareness 10K and 5K run and 1 Mile Fun Run is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at White Mountain Park 687 Hull Road in Ruidoso. Proceeds benefit the Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation. Registration: $25; $10 age 10 and younger. Information: Mike Coulter, (915) 274-5222, Judy Mancillas (575) 682-7884, or Margie Bouldin (575) 937-1350.
  Packet pick up is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the park.

Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs — Ski Run Road Challenge hosts the 4-mile, 8.5-mile and half-marathon runs on the multiple use trail system at Grindstone Lake, 2 miles from Downtown Ruidoso at 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, starting and finishing at Wingfield Park’s Grindstone Lake Trails. Half-Marathon and 8.5K wave starts at 7:30 and 4-mile wave at 7:45 a.m. USA Track and Field sanctioned and American Trail Running Association approved event. Proceeds benefit the Ruidoso Trails Coalition and Ski Apache Adaptive Sports Program and Ecoservants. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com. Information: words0250@gmail.com.
  Registration: $35 half marathon, $30 8.5 mile run, and $15 4 mile run through June 28; $45 half marathon, $35 8.5 mile run and $25 4 mile run July 12-26. Race day registration: $50 half marathon and 8.5 mile run, and $40 4 mile run.
  Carry your own water container; there will be one refill station on the 8.5-mile and half-marathon routes.

Socorro (NM) Chile Harvest Triathlon — The 25th anniversary of the USAT-sanctioned 400M swim/20K bike/5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Socorro (N.M.) City Pool. Packet pickup is 6 a.m. on race day at the race site. Registration is $80 ($50 age 23 and younger); $125 for relay ($90 junior teams). Additional $15 for non USAT members. Registration deadline is noon Aug. 1. No race day registration available. Information: (575) 835-8927 or chileharvesttri.com.
  Youth Race for ages 7-16 is 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Course length varies with age groups. Cost: $25 ($35 on race day), $5 local participants.

Race for the Future — The 4th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Community Partners of El Paso, Inc. and IREM El Paso, is 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Up & Running, 3233 N. Mesa, with a Kids dash at 7:40 a.m. Registration: $25 through Aug. 2; $30 Aug. 3-4. Kids Dash is $10. Teams of 10 or more: $20 per person Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Kharisma James Scholarship 5K — El Paso Community College and Veterans Resource Center host the 5K run and 1-mile adaptive and fun walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus Americana Language Village, 919 Hunter. Fun walk begins at 8:10 a.m. Registration: $25 through Aug. 9; $30 Aug. 10-11 at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Information: 831-2398.

Eagle in the Sun Triathlon — El Paso’s only USA Triathlon-sanctioned multi-sport race, with a 400m swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K run, is 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Ascarate Pool, 6900 Delta. Participants may race as an individual or as part of a relay team.
  Registration: $110 individual; $60 per person for 2-person relay; $55 per person for 3-person relay; $100 for aquabike (swin-bike). Registration at raceelpaso.com/eagle-in-the-sun.

Running clubs:
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley. Information: runelpaso.com.
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information: coffeeposse.org
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information: raceelpaso.com
  Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all levels. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is free to newcomers.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers meet at various locations. Information: bjhash.com.
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at elpasohash.com.

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