Scholl enjoys running Monument Dowhnill 5K with family at his side

Tyler Scholl, 10, of Kremmling trots along Monument Road ahead of the pack of several hundred runners Saturday during the Monument Downhill 5K.

Tyler Scholl doesn’t spend his summer like most 10 year olds.

Scholl, of Kremmling, not only ran in Saturday’s Monument Downhill 5K, but finished second in a course record for his age group of 15 minutes, 45 seconds.

“Every weekend in the summer my family likes going places and trying new races,” Scholl said. “We decided to come here because it’s a fast 5K and after this we’re going to drive (Colorado) National Monument.”

Scholl ran his first 5K when he was 8 years old, and has always run alongside his 14-year-old sister, Tabor, who finished sixth overall in 17:13, his mother, Stephanie, who finished in 19:00, and his dad, Shawn, who finished in 17:15.

“Most parents sit on the sideline while (the kids) play soccer,” Tyler said. “But they do it with us and it’s more motivating.”

It didn’t take long for the youngest Scholl to develop a runner’s high. He trains with his family daily and is always looking to top his best time.

“It’s like I got addicted to racing,” Tyler Scholl said. “When you get a time you want to break that time, so you keep trying.”

Stephanie Scholl said she’s been running for 25 years, but didn’t start racing until Tyler and Tabor got older.

“One day they were behind me going ‘mom wait for me,’ then the next day I’m saying ‘wait for me,’ ” Stephanie said. “They love it, but I think they love it because we do it with a family.”

Scholl said the family trains anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour every day.

“It’s not so much about the distance,” Stephanie said. “We usually run less than an hour, but we try to keep it fun and keep it fast.”

Tyler also participates in cross-country skiing during the winter, and said he hopes to have a lot of success in both running and skiing.

“I want to win the (Olympic) gold medal in the 5,000 meters,” Scholl said. “I want to try to make the Olympics in cross-country skiing too.”

Scholl was edged out by 30-year-old Paul DiGrappa of Highlands Ranch. DiGrappa finished in 15:19, which is a new record for his age group.

DiGrappa was in Grand Junction visiting his in-laws, and decided to work in a race while he was here.

“It was a good course,” DiGrappa said. “You can’t argue about downhill and fast times, so I’ll take that any day.”

DiGrappa also noticed the 10-year-old Scholl nipping his heels.

“There are some good runners out here,” DiGrappa said. “The kid who finished second was only 10 and that’s a great time for his age.”

The Monument Downhill had its largest turnout with 150 runners.


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