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Local 4×4 enthusiasts go Crawlin’ to a Cure, Aug. 13

A Crawlin' to a Cure contestant catches air while attacking an obstacle. The sixth annual event is planned this Saturday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
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What: Crawlin’ to a Cure 4X4 offroad obstacle race.

When: Saturday, Aug. 13; qualifying rounds begin at 9 a.m., and finals competition begins at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle.

Cost: Spectator tickets are $10.

More informatino: Visit www.crawlintoacure.org. To register or for additional information, email crawlintoacure@gmail.com. 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.

EAGLE — The worlds of pink ribbons and muddy tires will collide Saturday night at the Eagle County Fairgrounds for the sixth annual Crawlin’ to a Cure event.

At the end of the evening, winners will include a group of fast-shifting 4X4 drivers and a number of local families facing the challenges that cancer brings to their everyday lives. There will be lots of laughs shared, but the 2016 event is also bittersweet. Tiffany Myers, the local woman who inspired the event’s creation, lost her nine-year battle against breast cancer in February.

“It’s very hard this year,” said event organizer Vikki Hobbs. But even though the loss of her dear friend has left a hole in the celebration’s heart, Hobbs said she never considered ending Crawlin’ to a Cure.

“We are working on doing something special in her memory, maybe a moment of dancing because she was really never a ‘moment of silence’ kind of person.”

Obstacle race

Crawlin’ to a Cure is a 4×4 offroad obstacle race through a course built in the rodeo arena with competition divided into seven classes, including Stock, Modified, Unlimited A (42-inch tires or smaller), Unlimited B (43-inch tires or larger), Boulder Busting Pink Ladies, UTV Side by Side and UTV Ladies Side by Side.

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.

Because of the race’s popularity, a qualifying round will take place beginning at 9 a.m. 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 under way at 5:30 p.m.

Hobbs Excavating will spend all day today 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 Hobbs, one of the event organizers. “We went to the monster truck races in Rifle this summer, and we can say our race is a lot faster.”

“We change up the course every year,” she said. “This year, they are going to trying to make it more fun for the UTV classes.”

Crawlin’ cause

The Crawlin’ to a Cure events will benefit the Tiffany Myers Memorial Keepin’ em Real Scholarship Fund.

“The way we are honoring her is to put her name on the scholarship fund,” Hobbs said.

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 when Myers was first diagnosed with the disease when she was 36 years old. Throughout time, team members have participated in Susan G. Komen three-day 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 that provides patient accommodations for those who travel long distances to the center for treatment.

The Tiffany Myers Memorial Keepin’ em Real Scholarship Fund is designated for students from families who have been touched by cancer.

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.