On August 20 and 21 Tony Garber from Sheridan ran the Leadville Trail 100. He ran the race in honor of David Westlake who was struck and killed by lightning in the Big Horn mountains in July.
Westlake was already entered to compete in Leadville this year and was on a training run when the tragedy occurred.
Wendell Robison approached Garber about running the Colorado race at David's memorial and made arrangments to have both entered.
Garber was honored to carry David's assigned race bib #847, throughout the race, ultimately carrying it across the finish line.
They did very well and finished the race in 25 hours, 26 minutes. The race is held at altitude with the average elevation being over 10,000 ft. Its high point is 12,600 Hope Pass. The pass is brutal as you have to do it back to back at the 45 mile mark and 65 mile mark. Garber says they placed a belt buckle of David's, that he received at his first ultramarathon, on top of Hope Pass.
This year there were 627 starters, 363 finishers. Garber placed 105 overall. He Says Westlake again won the 60 to 69 age division. He must be very happy, I know I am.
Hopefully this will help with David's family, especially his lovely wife Chris, as well as his friends, have some closure.