Community sports

Sidelines – September 20

Posted 9/20/18

Free fishing day: Go fishing without a license Saturday (Sept. 22). All other rules and regulations apply. Great day to take a friend fishing—just don't give away your secret spot!

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Community sports

Sidelines – September 20


Free fishing day

Go fishing without a license Saturday (Sept. 22). All other rules and regulations apply. Great day to take a friend fishing—just don't give away your secret spot!

Taos Tiger tennis fun

The Taos Tigers boys and girls tennis teams will host a two-day fundraising tennis tournament for all interested adults who want to compete in one more events before winter Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 22-23). This is a round-robin format that will offer players the chance to play against many different opponents.

The cost is $35 per person for each tourney and $60 for any player who enters their respective division and mixed doubles. Space is available for all divisions. The tournament will be held at Quail Ridge Taos. Prizes and lunch await entrants. For more information, contact coach Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 776-3447.

Chile Challenge

Calling all duffers and par shooters. Come tee it up at the 12th annual Chile Challenge scramble golf tournament hosted by Taos Milagro Rotary Club slated for Saturday (Sept. 22) at Taos Country Club. The event will begin shotgun style at 9:30 a.m.

Festivities continue from 2-5 p.m. with a real chile challenge: a red and green chile cook-off from leading restaurants and chefs in Taos and surrounding environs. There will also be a “Battle of the Breweries,” offering a sampling of some of the finest beers in the Southwest. Also a silent auction will be held with over 100 items, including gift certificates from the area’s leading businesses, galleries, lodging and local eateries.

The public is invited to enjoy this fun-filled event at the Taos Country Club, and slots are still available for interested golfers. Cost to enter the tournament is $105 for Taos Country Club members and $150 for non-members. Proceeds benefit Rotary scholarships and literacy funds for Taos County youth. 
For more information, contact co-coordinator, Jim Yates at (575) 770-7470 or visit

Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities, Sunday, Oct. 14. The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all levels of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and a miniature courses for kids. There will be free burgers and live music. Register for free online and get all the details at

Self-defense classes

Defendu Academy is offering self-defense and fitness classes at its new gym location. Fun for all ages and all levels, students can sharpen their minds while getting physically fit.

Defendu offers affordably priced kickboxing, jiu jitsu, wing chun, ashtanga vinyasa yoga and a specialized after-school program for kids. Visitors to Taos can drop in for $20.

Defendu is located at 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite T, Taos. For more information, visit or call (575) 758-7991.

Aquí en Taos

The 38th Annual Aquí en Taos Tennis and Pickleball Tournament will take place at the Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge complex Sept. 28-30. Categories for this year's event include men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles for tennis, and men's and women's doubles for pickleball.

Cost to enter the tournament is $20 per player, which includes a player's potluck party on Saturday evening. Deadline to sign up is Tuesday (Sept. 25).  Rules of the United States Tennis Association will govern all play and participants are limited to two events.

Interested tennis or pickleball players can register via e-mail at or by stopping by the pro shop at Quail Ridge. For questions concerning the tournament, contact Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 770-0333.


It’s almost time for "Wintervention Ski Swap" 2018. Taos’ annual ski swap at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, will take place Oct. 5-6. Gear can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., followed by the "Early Bird Sale" from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5.

The swap will occur from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Saturday, Oct. 6. Admission is free for both days (donation upon purchase of gear). There will be live music and giveaways. "Wintervention" is sponsored by Taos Ski Valley, KTAOS Solar Center and Solar Radio and Taos Winter Sports Team.  For more information, visit


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