Runners take on grueling 5K and 10K races on Rabbit Ears
September 1, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Tyler Scholl is not afraid to dream big when it comes to the world of running.
The Scholl family of Kremmling already has its name stamped on Colorado running, with dad Shawn and mom Stephanie as elite runners in their own right.
But when it comes to Tyler and older sister Tabor, the eye-popping numbers tell the tale.
Tabor didn't race the 10K and 10,000 Feet on Sunday near the base of Rabbit Ears, but Tyler did and did what he usually does.
He won the 10-kilometer race in 44 minutes, 33 seconds. He beat his Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skiing coach Josh Smullin by more than a minute. Smullin was second in 45:41, and Nick Grundman was third in 50:04.
The crazy thing, however, is that Tyler is just 12-years-old and is becoming a household name in the Colorado running scene.
At age 11, he also won last year's event.
"I try to stay sharp," Tyler said with the savvy of a seasoned veteran.
Although he hasn't even run his first junior high event, Tyler's presence in the running world is starting to take off.
On Saturday, he did the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, an 8-kilometer run on the Buffalo Ranch cross-country course in south Boulder.
The event draws locals, Boulder runners and those of the University of Colorado cross-country team.
Tyler, racing against collegiate runners 10 years older, finished in the top 20 in 29:22.
"I think I'm starting to make a little bit of a name for myself in Boulder," he said.
That's an understatement.
Tyler’s rapidly becoming a name to watch. He likes to mountain bike, row and Nordic ski in the winter. But when it comes to his first love of running, even Tyler knows he has the ability to be special.
"I want to make it to the Olympics one day in track and field and win a gold medal," said Tyler, mentioning the 5,000 meters as an event he's eying. "When you set your mind to it and stay strong in your faith, I think you can do things no one thinks is possible."
For some, that was Sunday's event that brought runners up to 10,000 feet for a grueling 5- or 10-kilometer run.
"This is one of the races we do for our cross training," said Simon Zink, a Winter Sports Club member who won the men's 5-kilometer in 18:00.
Evan Barbier was second in 19:38, and Tyler Terranova was third in 19:39. On the women's side, Kathleen O'Connell was first in 20:42. Abbey Habermehl was second in 20:56, and Haley Piske was third in 21:07.
For the women's 10-kilometer run, Lindsay Krause was first in 49:21. Hannah Williams was second in 50:15, and Tammy Jacques was third in 51:20.
The Running Series continues with the Sept. 13 and 14 Run Rabbit Run 50- and 100-mile races.
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