2019 Boogie the Bridge: Week 5

The fifth in a series of weekly submissions by those taking part in the annual Boogie the Bridge fundraiser, which will be held on April 28 in McDonald Park

The 2019 CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 28 as runners meet in McDonald Park on the North Shore to run or walk various distances. Kamloops This Week is publishing online and in each Friday print edition a column by RunClub and Boogie founder Jo Berry, along with weekly updates from three participants.

Emma Pappalardo, Jaime Ault and Max Patel are running and writing about their experiences training for the 2019 Boogie:

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Jo Berry

RunClub and Boogie founder

Soul Rocker: “One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm for music, life and the planet.”

— Michael Franti

One of our Boogie participants sent the above quote to me, saying, “This reminds me of you, Jo!”

Instantly my thoughts were, “This is us.” This is what Boogie is all about. Sou Rocker is us.

 Boogie is a Kamloops heart project and an environment of fantastic energy. The colour red is used to symbolize this vibration: love, passion, energy and change. On Boogie day, the thousands of red shirts represent people who live from the heart, have great passion for life and are open to contributing to others.

 Boogie and RunClub are growing rapidly into creating an abundance of opportunities for all to learn and grow as people, improve our health and raise our consciousness.

By reaching out to others, we create a vibrancy of healthy living. When we smile, high-five and give each other love and support, we are increasing our health every moment. 

This Boogie philosophy has been around for two decades. High vibrational living is scientifically proven and exactly where our society is heading. Those of you who show up at Boogie (and in life) are creating fresh beginnings for your family, friends, co-workers and communities.

On Boogie day, as we all stand together in a sea of red, it is you who decided to go out on a limb and experience something out of the norm, so thank you.

Thank you for investing in yourselves. Thank you for investing in each other. Thank you for being Soul Rockers. You deserve it. Times are changing and, as always, so are we.

We have been waiting for the mainstream to join in and are ecstatic that it’s happening.

Emma Pappalardo
Emma Pappalardo

Sound engineer


What a week!

April is here and the sun is out. I haven’t been outside as much as I would have liked, but the time I have spent in the sun has been amazing.

As Boogie grows closer, my training is getting more intense. I’ve been power walking with my Monday RunClub+ tribe and running my butt off in the 5K Bold group on Tuesdays.

This past Tuesday, we ran seven kilometres in an hour. It was tough for me, but at the end I didn’t feel like I had worked too hard and I was so proud of what I accomplished.

It took a little mental math to figure out that with my run on Tuesday, I was on pace to complete my 10K in less than 90 minutes, which is 17 minutes faster than my last 10K.

We hardly ever realize how strong and powerful we become when we stick to something over time, because for us it’s so gradual. So, to have a reminder and proof that all my hard work is paying off is the best feeling.

On top of the Run accomplishments, there was also Club accomplishments. I made some new friends, caught up with old friends and found myself once again being grateful and thankful that I have these wonderful people in my life.

If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t even consider running, let alone a 10K. It just goes to show that if you surround yourself with good people, good things happen.

Jaime Ault
Jaime Ault


5K Sweet

I was feeling confident as I went to RunClub this past Tuesday night.

I was hydrated, I was re-joining the 5K Sweet group so I wouldn’t be pushing myself too hard. I could do this.

As we ran, I could feel my calves starting to cramp up again, just as they had done the week before, and I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

Something else is wrong.

It’s frustrating, to say the least. My lungs weren’t out of breath, I wasn’t sweating or in any other way unable or unwilling to run, but my calves weren’t having it.

Again, I was surrounded by coaches; Arjun, Jo and Jeremy were all right there with me, talking it through and giving me ideas to try to work through it.

While my body is yelling at me, I have to listen and work through the problem. It’s the mental part that’s going to be difficult. To not beat myself up will be the biggest challenge. The mantra of injury-free running/living rang very true to me that evening.

I won’t give up. I’ll take all of the valuable lessons and information from the coaches and I will find my pace. As much as I dislike falling short of a goal, I also enjoy a challenge.

I think my 30-minute goal is something I have to let go of at this point, but I will keep going and I will cross the finish line.

Max Patel and Jo Berry
Max Patel with Jo Berry.

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10K Sweet

As Boogie the Bridge draws nearer, I find myself pondering new questions.

“What is the average time it takes to complete a 10K event?” and “Should I have a time goal for my first race?”

The answer to both queries I got from RunClub coaches was simple: Don’t worry about timing and just enjoy the race. I think that is the right way to go, at least for someone like me, who is still a rookie.

In our last training session, we started on McArthur Island, where Jo Berry talked about injury-free running and an injury-free life.

It’s great how RunClub includes talks about more than just running and also teaches you very simple and small life lessons.

After missing a session last Sunday, my confidence was a little low in the beginning of this past Tuesday’s run, but with coaches around, it wasn’t long before I found myself ready to finish strong.

While we were running around McArthur Island, I explored new areas of the park. Soon after completing my training, for the very first time in my life, I experienced an allergy attack. I never had allergies before and to have an attack is not fun.

Finally, a reminder to everyone about the Boogie fundraiser taking place next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Red Collar Brewing, downtown at 355 Lansdowne St.

Please join us for some great beer 
and fun.

Boogie Week 5 training


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