July 2018


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El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team plays home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Tickets: $11-$30. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
  Special rates for military, first responders and veterans Monday through Thursdays (except July 2-4) via GovX.com or at the ballpark box office with valid ID.
  Regular game time is 6:35 p.m. weeknights; 7:05 Friday and Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
June 29-July 3: Albuquerque Isotopes
July 12-15: Reno Aces. Star Wars night Saturday.
July 20-22: Sacramento River Cats. Bark at the Park bring your dog day Sunday.
Aug. 1-3: New Orleans Baby Cakes. Beach towel giveaway Wednesday.
Aug. 4-7: Round Rock Express
e time is 1:05 p.m. Monday. Harry Potter Night Saturday.

Southwest Brawl 8 — The American Fight League presents professional and amateur mixed martial arts fighters 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, featuring professional, regional and local fighters. Family friendly event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission; $50 VIP seat; $600 VIP table; available at holdmyticket.com. Information: (725) 333-2356 or americanfightleaguemma.com.

CISM: International Women’s Soccer Tournament — Fort Bliss MWR hosts the Conseil International du Sport Militaire tournament through July 1. Matches are 6:30 and 9 p.m. every night at Stout Track and Field. Finals are Tuesday, July 3, when the World Champion will be crowned. Spectator admission is free and open to the public. Information: 744-5794.

Danny Green Skills Clinic — San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green hosts a skills clinic for boys and girls age 8-15 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8 at Coronado High School, Campers will be put through of drills focused on improving their basketball skills level in ball-handling, shooting, passing, and defense. Cost: $199; includes camp shirt; camp photo and autograph from Green. Group rates available. Information: goldlevelse.com.
  Group rates available for school teams and groups of friends. Contact Darren Duncan at duncand@goldlevelse.com.

El Paso Roller Derby — The next bouts are 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad. The doubleheader features TexPistols vs. SDRD Las Sirenas, and Beast Mode vs. Holligans. Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for military; free for age 10 and younger. Season tickets: $50. Information: (623) 285-4670, eprollerderby.com, or on Facebook at eprollerderby.
  The teams are part of the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association

Borderland Roller Derby — A doubleheader is 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, El Paso County Coliseum’s Judging Arena, 4100 E. Paisano, featuring Diablas vs. Catrinas and Viudas Negras vs. Sexecutioners. 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.

Pecos League baseball — The New Mexico and West Texas league’s 2018 season runs through July 26. Teams are Alpine Cowboys, Roswell Invaders, White Sands Pupfish, Santa Fe Fuego, Tucson Saguaros, Ruidoso Osos, 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.
  Ruidoso Osos play at Whites Mountain Park, 685 Hull Road in Ruidoso, N.M. information: ruidosoosos.com.

Aqua Posse LC Meet — El Paso Aqua Posse’s annual summer swimming invitational is Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, at Ascarate Pool, 6900 Delta. The meet usually attracts more than 400 athletes from Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Spectator admission is free; gate entry fee to Ascarate Park is $2 a car. Information: 772-3941 or aquaposse.org.

College Sports



El Paso Bicycle Club
— All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule at meetup.com/ElPasobicycleClub. 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. The favorite route is a 20-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Most riders begin about 5:45-6 p.m. leaving from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). 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.

Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck's Bicycle Repair, 2625 Missouri, hosts Tuesday night rides at 7 p.m. Lights and helmets required. Information: 791-2006, zlauser@yahoo.com or Facebook.


Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf events for girls are 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 30 and July 21, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org. Registration: girlsgolf.org.
  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for ages 7-17.

Dimas Vasquez Golf Tournament — The 7th annual tournament benefiting Special Olympics of Texas—Area 19 begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs. Four-man scramble format. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $125 ($500 team of four). Information: 533-8229, mbaray@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

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Simulcast racing events:
July 7: Belmont Invitational Derby
July 21: Rainbow Quarter Horse Derby
July 22: Rainbow Quarter Horse Futurity
July 29: Haskell Invitational Stakes

Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing — The track and casino is off U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The live racing season runs Memorial Day weekend 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 raceruidoso.com.
  Zia Festival is July 28-29, with several races both days.

Recreational Sports

Fitness Saturdays at San Jacinto — Professional fitness trainers from across the city host weekly outdoor workouts at 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1, at San Jacinto Plaza or Cleveland Square Park. Information: downtownelpaso.com or on Facebook at DTEPFIT.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 16 weeks” 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 at, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Session runs through July 30. Fee: $12 per month per walker; includes tracking progress for 12 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration ongoing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community.

Free Swim Days — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts free monthly swim days during the summer month holiday weekends at East Mesa Bataan Memorial Pool, 6141 Reynolds, and Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho. 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). Proper swim attire required. No food, alcohol or glass allowed. Free swim sessions subject to capacity regulations. Information: (575) 541-2782.
  Free days are Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

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 (enter ID#).
• Red Ball Beginner Event for juniors is noon Sunday, July 15, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Beginner level, everyone welcome. Cost: $5; registration ID# 62625810931151. Information: Rhonda Letz, 526-8570 or geptatsr@gmail.com.
• $20,000.00 El Paso Adult and Senior Open is Aug. 14-19, at El Paso Tennis Club. Level 2 event. Deadline to register is Aug. 9; ID #750007318. Information: Jerry Pippins, 241-8689 or jerry.pippins@gmail.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.

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 r.uri2000@yahoo.com.mx (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

Wednesday Night Trap Shooting League — El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda El Paso host a weekly trap shooting league at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Non-members are welcome to participate. Cost: $12. Information: 494-6665 or elpasoskeetandtrapclub.com

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. Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing at 7:45 p.m. Regular season runs through late October. General admission: $12; free for age 10 and younger; $30 family pack; $35 pit passes. Information: (575) 524-7913, snmspeedway.com or on Facebook.
  Practice is 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes: $25.
  MVT Night and Fireworks are Saturday, July 7.

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.
  ASMA Track Days are July 14-15, and Aug. 4-5.

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 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Meerscheidt Center, 1600 E Hadley. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Registration: $20 in advance. Register online at: lascrucesrunningclub. com.
  The Electric Light Parade follows the run.

‘Coolest’ 5K — The 4th of July 5K run and 1K fun run/walk is Wednesday, July 4, at Jeff Davis County Park in Fort Davis, Texas. The 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. and 1K is 8:30 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 12th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Sports drink, watermelon and hot dogs available at finish line. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 July 3-4. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.

Patriotism 5K — The 5K run/walk and youth 1 mile run/walk is Wednesday, July 4, at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex in Alamogordo, as part of the Red, White and Blue Brew & Music Fest. Youth run begins at 8 a.m. with 5K at 8:30 a.m. Prizes for people wearing the most patriotic attire. Registration: $30 (military discount offered); free for youth run at active.com. Information: (575) 443-2554 or (575) 491-1916.

Smokey Bear Stampede run — The 38th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 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. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Registration: $25 by July 1; $35 July 2-4. 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. Friday, July 6, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods, off US Hwy 70. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Registration information: (575) 464-3473, (575) 464-2367 or on Facebook at Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue.

Bottomless Triathlon — The 35th annual 400M swim, 14K bike ride and 4K run is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Bottomless Lakes State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell, N.M. (via U.S. Hwy 380 and NM Hwy 409). Transition area opens at 7 a.m. for late packet pickup. Pre-race orientation begins at 8 a.m. Entry: $40 through July 1; $55 after (relay is $75 through July 1; $90 after); free through July 1 for youth ($10 after July 1); 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 13, at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 200 E. 19th Street, in Roswell, at 7 a.m. on race day at Bottomless Lakes.

Yank Kannady Memorial Run — The Yank Kannady Memorial Organ Donor Awareness 5K run and 1 Mile Fun Run is 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at White Mountain Park 687 Hull Road in Ruidoso. Proceeds benefit the Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation. Entry: $25 ($10 children 10 and younger; $30 race day. Register at raceadenturesunlimited.com. Information: Mike Coulter, (915) 274-5222, Judy Mancillas (575) 682-7884, or Margie Bouldin (575) 937-1350.
  Packet pickup is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at White Mountain park pavilion and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day.

Run for a Margarita 5K — The evening run is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205. Complimentary margarita after the race (age 21 and older), dinner and music from Dusty Low, 6 to 9 p.m. Registration $25 through July 19; $30 at pickup. No race day registration. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663.Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, July 20, and 6 to 6:45 p.m. on race day at Up and Running.

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 28, 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.
  Entry fees: 4-mile is $15 by June 28, $25 by July 26 and $40 on race day. 8.5-mile is $25 by June 28, $30 by July 12, $35 by July 26 and $50 on race day. Half-marathon is $35 by June 28, $45 by July 12, $50 by July 26 and $60 on race day. Information: Words0250@gmail.como or (575) 937-7106. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Carry your own water container; there will be one refill station on the 8.5-mile and half-marathon routes.

BD Carefusion 5K — The 5K is Saturday, Aug. 4, at BD Carefusion, 1550 Northwestern. Information: raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Socorro (NM) Chile Harvest Triathlon — The USAT-sanctioned 400M swim/20K bike/5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 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. 3. Course length varies with age groups. Cost: $30 ($15 Socorro County youth) through Aug. 3; $30 ($15 Socorro county youth).

Race for the Future — The 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting Community Partners of El Paso, Inc. and IREM El Paso, is 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Up & Running, 3233 N. Mesa. Part of the More Than a Marathon series. Registration: $25 through Aug. 3; $30 Aug. 4-5. Information: 760-4533, Ext. 108; registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

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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