Staff Report

The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara and Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara will host the 28th annual Cancer Center Walk/Run on Sunday, Oct. 18. Community members are being asked to help the event meet the goal of $100,000.

All of the funds will support the cancer research and patient supportive care programs at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. The walk/run has raised $3,785,368 since its inception in 1993.

This year for the first time in its history, the event will be held virtually. Participants have the opportunity to complete a 5K or 10K on their own course — in their neighborhood, on a trail or at the beach — and upload their time. A presentation will be shown on Oct. 18 to mark the event.

Registration opens in August at Registration fee is $40 through Sept. 15, increasing to $50 from Sept. 16 to Oct. 17. The cost for children ages 12 and under participating in the Kids’ Fun Run is $20.

Special incentives are offered for individuals who collect at least $100 in pledges, including free event registration, a car wash courtesy of Clean Wave Car Wash and one entry into the grand prize drawing. All participants will be entered into the general raffle for gift cards from a variety of stores.

Three team prizes will be awarded to the largest team, the team that generates the most money, and the first-place team that raises the most money on average per person.

In addition, one individual will be awarded the Julie Main Inspiration of Hope Award. Since the event’s inception, Main was inspirational in helping to organize the walk/run, seeking sponsors and leading the six-week training program.

This year marks the 12th of the event since Main’s passing, but her legacy will be honored with recognition of a cancer survivor who exemplifies what she stood for — courage, perseverance and hope — serving as an inspiration to others by finding the strength to cope with cancer through exercise.

Previous recipients of the award include Michael Orchowski, Lorena Ortiz-Schneider, Kate Ocean, Reggie Hepp, Rosalyn Collins, Mara Hochman, Sue Suttner, Patricia MacFarlane, Jack Bianchi, Dan Manfredonia and Patricia Mojarro.

New this year will be several awards that will be announced on Facebook and Instagram following the event: the Best Finish Line Dance; Most Creative Route; Most Colorful Costume; Best Quarenteam; and Social Media Influencer Award/Virtual Guru Award.

All funds raised will benefit the Clinical Research Program and the Supportive Care Programs at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.

For more about the walk/run or to create a team and register for the event, visit

Thanks are offered to sponsors Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Canterbury Consulting, Revitalash, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP, Edhat, Blenders in the Grass, Raw Revolution, Blue Lizard Sunscreen, and Clean Wave Car Wash.

The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center work in partnership to deliver superior cancer care to everyone in Santa Barbara County regardless of means. To learn more, visit the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, or the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center,