LEADVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) – That Leadville 100 ultramarathon went over the weekend — with runners getting help from some four-legged friends. The race starts at over 10,000 feet and only goes up from there! Competitors need supplies to keep them going, and they are counting on llamas to supply them.
For more than three decades, a herd of llamas has been pulling supplies to the aid station at the top of Hope Pass – at 12,600 feet.
The help station offers tired racers food, sweets, electrolytes and medical care. They also pump, filter and chlorine water out of Willis Creek for the runners.
After the race is over, the hard-working llamas pack down about 3,000 kilos of gear again.
Gary Carlton has been a volunteer at Hope Pass Aid Station for more than 15 years, bringing llamas from his 700-acre cattle farm in Strasburg to the race.