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Eagle goes Crawlin’ to a Cure this Saturday, Aug. 18

The sound of revving engines is a signal help is on the way for local families impacted by cancer.

Crawlin' to a Cure will return to the Eagle County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 18. This year marks the event's eighth anniversary.

The annual rock-crawling race provides an evening of adventure for competitors, an exciting show for spectators and welcome financial relief for locals who are battling cancer.

"All together, since we have started this race, we have raised more than $250,000," said Crawlin' to a Cure organizer Vikki Hobbs.

“There are organizations that will help you pay medical bills, but we are there to help you keep your lights on.”Vikki HobbsCrawlin’ to a Cure organizer

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Crawlin' to a Cure is a four wheel drive off-road obstacle race through a course built in the rodeo arena, with competition divided into various classes. 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.

Qualifying competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. All racers will run the course during the day, and the top 10 competitors in each of the seven classes will go on to the money rounds Saturday night. The finals competition will get underway at 5:30 p.m.

"There are also a lot of people want to try the course, but they don't want to break something or go fast," Hobbs said. "Those people can do a $50 run, during the qualifying runs during the day, that isn't timed."

Hobbs Excavating builds 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," Hobbs said.

Crawlin' cause

One of the signature beneficiaries of Crawlin' to a Cure is the Tiffany Myers Memorial Keepin' Em Real Scholarship Fund. In September 2007, at the age of 36, Myers was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. With the help of her family and friends, she battled the disease for the next 8 and a half years, and her journey inspired a group of her friends to form the Keepin' Em Real team to participate in a Susan G. Komen three-day walk event. The team went on to participate in five of the three-day events.

"The experience of the three-day embodies the vision of hope for a world without cancer. After five years, we decided to bring that hope home and focus our fund-raising to help the cancer-affected families in our community, and the dream of offering a scholarship became a reality," notes the Crawlin' to a Cure website.

Myers passed away in 2016, but her friends and family continue to work, raising money for the scholarship that bears her name. The Tiffany Myers Memorial Keepin' Em Real Scholarship Fund is designated for students from families who have been affected by cancer.

In addition to the scholarship, the team has 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 Cancer Center in Edwards that provides patient accommodations for those who travel long distances to the center for treatment.

But the fund doesn't stop there. The fund is very case-by-case driven. For example after receiving a State 4 cancer diagnosis, one patient was awarded money for a family vacation.

"There is no limit for what you can use the money for," Hobbs said. "There are organizations that will help you pay medical bills, but we are there to help you keep your lights on."

From paying for hotel rooms for patients and their families while seeking treatment out of town to helping pay mortgages while families deal with the costs associated with cancer, Crawlin' to a Cure is committed to helping in any way possible.

It's All about proceeds

Crawlin' to a Cure donates 100 percent of the drivers fees, gate admissions and merchandise sales proceeds. Raffle tickets are sold during the event and this year's prizes include a processed lamb donated by local 4-H Club member Miles Jarmillo and a Yeti cooler.

Admission for spectators is $10 for everyone, with ages 4 and younger admitted for free. Spectator gates opens at 9 a.m. when qualifying starts. The evening competition begins at 5:30 p.m.