Crawlin’ to a Cure fights against cancer Aug. 19 at Eagle County Fairgrounds | VailDaily.com

Crawlin’ to a Cure fights against cancer Aug. 19 at Eagle County Fairgrounds

A rock crawler pounds through obstacles at Crawlin' to a Cure. The 2017 event is planned Saturday night at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

EAGLE — For local families dealing with both the emotional and financial challenges that cancer has brought to their lives, the sound of revving engines coming from the Eagle County Fairgrounds on Saturday night means Crawlin' to a Cure help is on the way.

At the end of the evening, some of the fast-shifting four wheel drivers will have won prizes and a number of local families will benefit from their efforts.

"We have raised, with this single event, over $150,000, and we have given every cent of it away," said Crawlin' to a Cure organizer Vikki Hobbs.

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 seven 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.

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.

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"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

Crawlin' to a Cure benefits 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 fundraising 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 Regional Cancer Center in Edwards that provides patient accommodations for those who travel long distances to the center for treatment.

It's All about proceeds

Crawlin' to a Cure donates 100 percent of the drivers fees, gate admissions and merchandise sales proceeds to the scholarship fund and local families affected by cancer. This year, the merchandise sales include a steer donated by local girls Mackinzee Dermody and Makaylee Fisher. The girls are selling 100 raffle tickets for $100 each, and the winner will receive the processed beef.

For the competitors themselves, Tony and Korey Somogi have donated four tickets to a preseason Denver Broncos game for the person who completes the fastest lap at the event.

Hobbs also noted that Travis Gwinn, a Moab, Utah, man who sustained serious injuries in this past year's Crawlin' to a Cure, will be back for this year's event. While he won't be competing, he will be working the event as a volunteer.

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.

If you go …

What: Crawlin’ to a Cure four-by-four offroad obstacle race.

When: Saturday; 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 information: Visit http://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.

Competition Classes

There are seven classes for Saturday’s Crawlin’ to a Cure competition.

Stock Class: Full-body vehicles, no tube bodies, tire size up to 35 inches.

Modified Class: Full-body vehicles , no tube bodies, tire size 36 to 40 inches.

Unlimited Class A: Any vehicle with tires 42 inches or smaller. Must run harder course.

Unlimited Class B: Any vehicle with tires 43 inches or bigger. Must run harder course.

Boulder Bustin’ Pink Ladies: Female driver, any vehicle. Competition on both the easier and harder course. Two first-place prizes for ladies, second place to next-best time, either course.

UTV Ladies Class: Side-by-side.

UTV Class: Side-by-side.

Cash prizes go to the top three times in each class. First place pays $250, second pays $150, and third place pays $100.

There is a $100 driver entry fee for each driver. Competitors can run in an additional class for $50 extra for each driver. Each competitor is given one driver pass and one pit pass. Any other team members must stay in the stand and are only allowed back in the pit after the race.

Register online at crawlintoacure.org.