• Going The Distance For Mom

Published on May 07, 2019

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Hosts Second Annual Mother's Day Weekend Run and Walk

Karla Smith and her 9-year-old son, Miles, ran like the wind at last year's inaugural Miles for Moms run.

"I ran it pretty fast. I think I was a little over nine minutes per mile. It was maybe under 40 minutes," Dr. Smith, 42, told the News-Press recently in the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital lobby. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run or walk starts at the hospital and goes toward bike paths near the Pacific Ocean and back.

Miles did the family proud as he ran ahead of all the other kids in the Children's Fun Run, which was held on the same day at the Goleta hospital.

Whatever their speed, mothers and their families and friends —and kids in strollers —enjoy the camaraderie at the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation event.

It will take place again at 9 a.m. Saturday at the hospital, 351 S. Patterson Ave., Goleta. The hospital is at the corner of Patterson and Hollister avenues.

The fastest male and female runners in the route will win a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta.

The runner or walker raising the most money will get a three-month membership to Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club in Goleta.

Dr. Smith and Miles plan to run again at the event, which both raises funds for the hospital and honors moms on the day before Mother’s Day.

“It has a really fun vibe to it,” Arie Dejong, vice president of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and Therapy Services, told the News-Press.

“You have mothers of all ages and families of all ages,” Mr. Dejong, 44, said. “Some people are running with their moms. Some people are running with their kids.

“It’s just a feel-good event. There’s a certain excitement in the air and a certain, sentimental, warm atmosphere because of the moms,” he said.

He noted participants enjoy the warm-up by Orangetheory Fitness and will get to hear music by DJ Darla Bea. They also can visit vendors selling last-minute Mother’s Day gifts.

Mr. Dejong noted that the event raises money that the hospital foundation uses to buy technology and equipment.

Dr. Smith and son Miles, who live in Goleta, learned the importance of a nearby hospital in 2016 when the boy was hit by a baseball and suffered an orbital fracture, a break in a bone near the eyeball.

“We didn’t have to go downtown,” Dr. Smith said, referring to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where she works as a clinical pharmacy specialist. “We were able to talk to a specialist that night.”

Miles was able to heal without surgery.

"There's a really large community of elderly and young people who live very close to here," Dr. Smith said. "It's within a five-minute drive. You come here, and the medical professionals are able to recognize what is wrong with you and triage, whether it's a really severe infection or another severe problem, and provide life-saving care."

The hospital includes the Ridley-Tree Wound Center and a 20-bed emergency services department that Mr. Dejong said serves 24,000 patients annually.

Michele Schneider, a mother walking for the second time in the 5-kilometer event, told the News-Press she received great care when she had a knee replacement in 2014 at the hospital.

“I was here for five days. They were so accommodating and nice,” said the 51-year-old Santa Barbara resident, who appreciated the extra tender loving care. “For anybody who has had a knee replacement, it’s definitely worse than childbirth.”

Ms. Schneider, director of business development at the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, said the event helps to raise awareness of all the hospital does.

Ms. Schneider said her son, Hunter, 4 will participate in the Children’s Fun Run. She plans to bring a stroller for Hunter in case he gets tired and to walk the 5-kilometer route with friends from San Marcos High School, where she graduated in 1986.

"I don't know my time from last year," Ms. Schneider said with a smile. "We were taking our time and chatting."



Miles For Moms, a 5 kilometer (3.1-mile) walk and run, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, 351 S. Patterson Ave. (corner of Patterson and Hollister avenues), Goleta.

The top female and male runners will get a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta.

The top fundraiser for the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation event will get a three-month membership to Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club.

A Children's Fun Run around the hospital parking lot will take place afterward.

The event will also include vendors.

Registration for the 5K run includes a T-shirt, refreshments and a personal fundraising internet page. Cost is $45 for adults and $15 for teenagers and children.

The Children’s Fun Run is free, and registration includes refreshments.

To register, go to

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