September 8, 2018
3 months and 7 days since
the event.
Creeper Challenge 2018!
  • September 8th, 2018
  • Cash Prizes up to $100 in the 5K
  • Special Prizes for Whitetop and Damascus bike riders!
  • 100 % Goes to Local Cancer Patients

On June 07, 2012 Ryan Dixon, 26 passed away after a heart breaking battle with cancer. Ryan was a great friend to everyone he knew and a person that truly enjoyed life. Playing his guitar, fishing with his buddies, or riding on the Creeper Trail were just a few of the ways Ryan spent his spare time. The Ryan Dixon Memorial bike ride is a simple way we hope to honor Ryan each year by doing something he enjoyed!

In 2018 the Creeper Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 8th.  There will be a 5K on the Creeper Trail starting at 8 AM and a bike ride at 9 AM.  You can choose to do the 5K, bike ride, or both.  The bike ride has turn around points at Watagua, Alvarado, Damascus, and Whitetop so you can choose to ride anywhere from 8 miles to 66 miles!  We call the bike ride from Abingdon to Whitetop and back the "Creeper Challenge" and this year each person that completes the ride will be entered in a drawing for 3 special prizes!  Plus each person that finishes the ride will get a medal!  New for 2018 there will also be a drawing for a prize for everyone that completes the Damascus and back bike ride!

This year 100 % of the money raised through registration fees and Creeper Challenge teams will go to cancer patients in need in our area.  To learn more about this guarantee and how this works click here .

Use the "Buy Tickets" link on the left to purchase a ticket for the 5K, bike ride, or both.  This year we are asking everyone to consider starting a team to raise money for the Cancer Outreach Foundation.  Once team members reach a minimum fundraising goal they get a free ticket for the event.  There are gifts for team members that reach certain goals like upgraded jerseys and special prizes for teams and team members that raise the most money.  Remember the money raised at this event goes to help local cancer patients through the Cancer Outreach Foundation in memory of Ryan Dixon.

We have a lot of great prizes for 2018 including up to $100 cash in the 5K, a raffle for 3 really nice prizes for everyone that completes the Whitetop and back ride, and a raffle for 1 unique prize for everyone that completes the Damascus ride!
Ryan Dixon
Ryan Dixon

The Cancer Outreach Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The Foundation’s innovative programs benefit local residents in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

Our Mission is:

To provide financial assistance with cancer patients’ essential living expenses and transportation;
To provide help in covering medication costs;
To provide assistance for children who have cancer and/or a parent with cancer;
To provide available options for uninsured cancer patients; and to provide emotional support and counseling for patients and family members
Cancer Outreach Foundation
Cancer Outreach Foundation

All of the money raised at the Creeper Challenge goes to assist local cancer patients.  This year we want to give you the opportunity to become more involved.  We believe Hope Starts Here!  Hope starts at home and that’s why we raise our money locally and support local patients.  Hope can also start with YOU!  This year please consider starting a Creeper Challenge team. Raise money to help local cancer patients and their families by yourself or with friends!  We have many prizes and gifts for our teams and special prizes for the team that raises the most!  If you are interested in creating a team (it can be a team of one) follow the Start a Team link on the left.
2017 5K
2017 5K
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