Whether it's something in the water or just the inordinate pressure of having elite-performing-athlete parents, Boulder kids push outdoor limits in ways that frankly scare me. When I was 7, I think I was pretty much aiming for records in the sports of snake catching and Fruit-Loops consumption.
Not Jared Scott: the 7-year-old Boulderite just became the youngest human to finish the Courage Classic, a 157-mile road bike tour through some of Colorado's highest mountains. The soon-to-be second grader also competes in mini-triathlons (a 25-meter swim, a half-mile bike ride, and 1/3-mile run), skis double blacks, and crushes bouldering problems with his dad. He also completed the Bolder Boulder 10K without stopping.
“People would see Jared on the road and do double-takes,” (Neighbor Tim) Mayer said. “They’d say, ‘This is the next Lance Armstrong.’”
You hear that, kid? You're the next Lance Armstrong!! No pressure, OK? If you somehow burn out and decide you'd rather play with toys some of the time rather than train your brains out, you can form a support group with these little dudes.
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