Eagle rock crawling event benefits families affected by cancer
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What: Crawlin’ to a Cure.
Time: Gates open at 4 p.m.
Races start at 5 p.m.
Where: Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Details: Tickets are $10. For more information or to donate, visit http://www.crawlintoacure.org/home.html
EAGLE — There’s nothing fun about battling cancer. Taking on the battle to kick the disease in the rear, on the other hand, can be a hoot.
As evidence witness Racing to Raise Cash — the actual four-wheeling event that is part of the Crawlin’ to a Cure nonprofit organization. The event is celebrating its fifth year this weekend and caters to the rock crawling junkie in all of us.
Crawlin’ to a Cure is a nonprofit organization founded by Stewart and Vikki Hobbs after Vikki’s participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure with Team Keepin’ ’Em Real. In 2008, that team was inspired by and organized around local woman Tiffany Myers, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 36 years old. Myers remains a motivator for the team as its work has expanded to include everything under the Crawlin’ to a Cure banner. The nonprofit’s mission is to raise money for families impacted by cancer. That covers everything from financial assistance to a local woman who has to travel out of state for treatment for her rare form of cancer to the Keepin’ ’Em Real Scholarship fund, which is set up for graduating students in Eagle and Garfield counties whose families have been impacted by cancer.
Battling obstacles by building them
Beginning Friday, crews from Hobbs Excavating will begin building the Racin’ to Raise Cash obstacle courses. They will build two race routes — one easy and one difficult — by hauling boulders, timbers and large concrete pipe sections to the Eagle County Fairgrounds arena.
“They usually go at it until midnight Friday and then start up again on Saturday morning,” said Vikki Hobbs. By the time the gates open at 4 p.m., the track is laid and the competitors are ready to tackle them.
Hobbs said, by popular demand, this year the event will feature a new competition class for UTV — often referred to as side-by-side — riders.
“People are really excited about that and we are expecting 15 to 20 UTV riders,” said Hobbs.
Additionally, the event has five other classes:
Stock Class: Full body vehicles with tire size up to 35 inches
Modified Class: Full body vehicles with 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: Lady driver any vehicle
Cash prizes are awarded for the top three times in each class, and prizes for the fastest lap and hard luck. It costs each driver $100, and each driver gets one driver pass and one pit pass. Everyone is required to wear a helmet.
All proceeds from the entry fees and ticket sales go directly to the Crawlin’ to a Cure nonprofit.
Bigger than themselves
As she prepares for the fifth annual rock crawling competition, Hobbs is amazed at how popular the fund-raiser has become.
“It was really small the first year and then it just took off,” she said.
Last year the event brought in $23,000. Of that, $17,000 when toward scholarships for nine graduating seniors from six different schools. Crawlin’ to a Cure also donated money to the family of Colin Scriver, a local youngster diagnosed with cancer last year.
While the organization has helped many local residents, Hobbs note her involvement with Crawlin’ for a Cure has immeasurably enriched her own life.
“It is just something to teach you kids — be a part of something that is bigger than yourself,” she said.
The greater community is invited to join a Celebration of Pepi’s Life on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.