At first glance, off-road 4X4 racing and breast cancer philanthropy don’t seem to have much in common.
Turns out, however, those two disparate topics can be combined to both raise fun and fund-raise.
This Saturday, the third annual Crawlin’ to a Cure event is planned a the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The event features an 4X4 off-road obstacle course built in the rodeo arena with competition divided into five classes:
Unlimited A (42-inch tires or smaller)
Unlimited B (43-inch tires or larger)
Boulder Busting Pink Ladies
Participants pay $100 each to race the course, which features a more challenging route and a less-challenging option. Drivers who elect to take the less challenging route are charged additional seconds against their finish times. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each class.
Hobbs Excavating will spend all day Friday building the course — hauling in boulders, timbers and large concrete pipe sections to create obstacles. For instance, one of the obstacles is a 10-foot tall wall built from 12-foot timbers.
“It is really a lot of fun to watch. If you like monster trucks, it’s kind of like that, but more fast paced,” said Vikki Hobbs, one of the event organizers.
She also noted that the event brings out a wide variety of vehicles. Some of the climbers are expressly built for off-roading. “There is a lot that goes into building these buggies,” said Hobbs. “And then we had a guy last here who drove his vehicle down to the fairgrounds, drove in on the course and then drove it on home.”
The Crawlin’ to a Cure events will benefit the Keepin’ em Real Scholarship Fund. Keepin’ em Real is a team of local women who have been actively involved in breast cancer awareness, prevention and treatment efforts for a number of years. The team formed in 2007 after local resident Tiffany Myers was diagnosed with the disease when she was only 36 years old. Over the years, team members have participated in Susan G Komen 3day events and raised money for the Susan G Komen Aspen affiliate, the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group and Jack’s Place, a facility located adjacent to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center to provide patient accommodations for those who travel long distances to the center for treatment.
Hobbs said the team’s newest focus is a scholarship fund designated for students from families who have been touched by cancer. The first Keepin’ em Real Scholarship awards will be made during the spring of 2014.
“We decided we wanted to keep the money we raise closer to home,” Hobbs said.
In addition to gate and registration proceeds, Keepin’ em Real will sell T-shirts during Saturday’s event. Various other vendors and concessions will also be set up at the site.
There is still time to sign up to compete at Crawlin’ to a Cure. To register or for additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the course and vehicle specifics, contact Stewart Hobbs at 970-376-0885. To learn more about the overall event, contact Vikki Hobbs at 970-319-4319.