Mountain lion or cougar belong to the big-cat family and is mostly found in America and the western hemisphere. All proceeds from the 21k and 42k race entry fees will go to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve to help them continue the great work they do. All proceeds from the 5k race entry fees will go to the Exceptional Foundation as a thank you for making the race medals for the last 2 years.
Please don’t read into any of this any personal endorsement of running four tracks through Mountain View (or anywhere between Santa Clara and Redwood City – that’s batshit insane!), or any endorsement of horrific VTA bus service, here or at the Great Mall.
Who knows – maybe if Newark had bothered to time its buses and run them on a schedule, its downtown would have a transit modal share higher than 26% ( see page 13 of this link ). Even people who live in Newark are more likely than not to drive to downtown Newark, or to any other place where they hold jobs.
BTW there really isn’t any meaningful amount of connecting VTA bus traffic at Mountain VIew today, and there will be less in the future as VTA’s service continues to implode as the agency squanders hundreds of millions of public tax dollars on BART to Berryessa, to the exclusion of every other thing.
During World War II the area was a staging ground for the guerrilla attacks against Italy’s fascist rule, the roads that provide such convenience for shuttling mountain bikers were refined by Nazi Germany to move troops and armour faster inland from the Mediterranean.