Trucks tackling breast cancer in Eagle |

Trucks tackling breast cancer in Eagle

The Crawl for the Cure is bound to be one of the loudest and coolest events in the history of the fight against breast cancer. Vikki Hobbs, pictured, and Stewart Hobbs of Hobbs Excavating built the course Friday in the Eagle County Fairgrounds rodeo arena. Rock crawlers run all day today. The event starts at 10 a.m. with the stock classes. The unlimited classes start at 5 p.m. Randy Wyrick photo

EAGLE, Colorado – There’s something symmetrical about trying to tear up trucks to promote healing.

Team Keepin’ ‘Em Real is hosting a rock crawling competition – call it Crawl for the Cure – today at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Vehicles will crawl over a course designed and built by Vikki and Steward Hobbs, and his crew from Hobbs Excavating. They do not have the vehicle owners’ best interests at heart – if you know what we mean and we think you do.

Vikki is part of Team Keepin’ ‘Em Real, local women who take the fight against breast cancer to some really entertaining lengths.

Last week, for example, they played a powder puff football game. They’ll travel to San Diego for a Susan Komen Walk for the Cure later this year – 60 miles, but it’s along the beach, which is good unless it rains, which it did last year

Today, it’s monster trucks and four-wheel drives challenging a course designed to bust them up. They roar in, take a lap through the arena over rocks, through massive ruts and over logs. Some will make it, some won’t. Four classes. Best times win.

“It a little like barrel racing, only they’re trading horses for horsepower,” Vikki said.

Vikki and Stewart used to build and run the rock crawler course for Gypsum Daze, but were displaced by Gypsum’s beautiful new library.

“We were watching the demolition derby in the fairgrounds arena this summer, and we thought we should do it there. So here we are,” Vikki said.

It took about 10 hours Friday to build it, Stewart said smiling as he looked around at his crew moving rocks (LaFarge donated the rocks, and Hobbs promised to return them), dirt and logs, creating a course designed for destruction.

They build their own rock crawlers and regularly compete, so they’ve practiced building rock crawler course around the Hobbs place in Gypsum. It’s based on courses they’ve run, and some they’ve always wanted to.

And when you own all that cool earth moving equipment, the course is adjustable.

“We want to make sure the people in the stock classes can get through it, then we’ll make it harder,” Stewart said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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