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Little Cougar Award

Little Cougar awarded to Diana, Desiree and LeGrand Scott on Lottery Day, 2011.

As much as two months before WS, the Scotts head up to the high country to evaluate the snow conditions near Red Star aid station. At times this can include getting in on horseback or on snow mobiles. Le Grand and Desiree became licensed ham operators so that they could handle all the communication responsibilities for RS.

Desiree, Diana and LeGrand Scott with Little Cougar Award.

Two weeks before WS they pick up their supplies for the Red Star Aid Station and the Finish Line Aid Station. A large trailer is required to haul all their supplies. A portion of their garage is permanently set aside for several large boxes of aid station supplies.

The week before WS they load two trailers, one for Red Star and one for the Finish Line. This includes a 150 gallon water tank, 10 chairs, blankets, tables, water jugs, generators, and tarps.

The Thursday before WS they buy all their perishable supplies, bananas, potatoes, 25 loaves of bread for sandwiches, apples, watermelons, cantaloupes, oranges, grapes, etc. The potatoes are cooked that night.

On Friday they load all of the last minute stuff and leave their house about noon to drive 3 vehicles to the aid station, arriving at their aid station in four hours. When they arrive they set up tables and other gear but don’t bring out the food until Saturday morning because of the bears.

Cast in solid bronze, the Little Cougar weighs in at 6½ pounds.

After spending the night at the aid station, they start setting up about 5am to get everything out and set up. 30 volunteers are assigned their tasks for the day. When the runners arrive they start checking runners through their in gates and out gates to make sure all the runners are accounted for.

After the sweeps pass through their aid station they clean and load up everything and head back home, stopping by the finish line to make sure everything is there that should be there. They then go shopping again to buy 150 dozen eggs and 30 gallons of orange juice and anything else they need for the finish line that they run through the night and into Sunday morning.

They arrive home, take a few minutes to clean up and hook up the other trailer and head for the finish line. Arriving at the finish about 6:30pm they set up and start cooking soup, hot dogs, pasta, hamburgers, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. At 5am they switch over from an aid station and start preparing a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, ham, bacon, fruit and orange juice. They and their 40 volunteers then serve breakfast to about 700 people.

At noon they start cleaning all the finish line gear and load it into their trailer and several vehicles. They then go home, unload the trailer and vehicles and then drive down to the WS warehouse and unload more supplies there.

So their weekend starts on Friday at noon and finishes at 6 p.m. on Sunday for a total of 54 continuous hours, not including all the prep time in the weeks preceding WS. And for how many years? Try 26. That’s dedication!

The Little Cougar is awarded to individuals who have served the Western States Endurance Run organization through the years in extraordinarily significant ways.

Past Little Cougar Awardees are (in alphabetical order) Gordy Ainsleigh, Charles Gabri, Phil Gardner, Richard Goodwin, Stan Jensen, Doug Latimer, Bob Lind, M.D., Mo Livermore, John Medinger, Wayne Miles, Tony Rossmann, Charles Savage, Curt Sproul, Larry Suddjian, Gary Towle, M.D., Tim Twietmeyer, Betty Veal, R.N., Shannon Weil, Tom Winter and Royce Zumalt.