Boogie Strong in 2021: Eighth and final week

Questions about training methods? Go online to runclub.ca or send an email to joberry@boogiethebridge.com.

While the 2021 CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge event was not be held due to the pandemic, organizers are hoping a sea of runners and walkers can gather for Boogie in 2022.

Despite the a second year of postponement, Boogie and RunClub founder Jo Berry was urging participants to continue training on their own as it is more important than ever to pay attention to health, in body and mind.

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To that end, an 8 Days of Boogie event was completed, which saw those training do their Boogies in their own neighbourhoods between April 18 and April 25.

The regularly run annual event, which sees participants run and walk various distances, has raised more than $1 million for charity since its inception more than two decades ago.

Each year leading to Boogie, Kamloops This Week publishes, online and in each print edition, a column by Berry, along with weekly updates from three participants. This year, the trio consisted of James MacDonald of Western Canada Theatre, Kayla Pepper with the provincial government and Kayla Derkach of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group/

This is their eighth and final submission as they talk about their Boogie training experience in 2021.

Questions about training methods? Go online to runclub.ca or send an email to joberry@boogiethebridge.com.

HELP KEEP BOOGIE ALIVE

A campaign to raise money to help bring Boogie back to the streets in 2022 is online at gofundme.com. If you can help, go to that website and search “Friends of Boogie.” I think the best way to fall in love with a city is through running — connecting with the world as you move from gravel to pavement, trails to neighbourhoods. There’s commitment in that connection.

Jo
Jo Berry

JO BERRY
Founder, Boogie the Bridge and RunClub

While the 2021 CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge event will not be held due to the pandemic, organizers are hoping a sea of runners and walkers can gather for Boogie in 2022.

On that note, an online fundraising campaign has been launched to help keep Boogie going. Click here for more information.

Despite the a second year of postponement, Boogie and RunClub founder Jo Berry has urged participants to continue training on their own as it is more important than ever to pay attention to health, in body and mind.

The annual event, which sees participants run and walk various distances, has raised more than $1 million for charity since its inception more than two decades ago.

Kamloops This Week will continue to publish, online and in each print edition, a column by Berry, along with weekly updates from three participants.

James MacDonald of Western Canada Theatre, Kayla Pepper with the provincial government and Kayla Derkach of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group are writing about their experiences as they continue to train for their goal.

We hope you find inspiration in these insights and that they prompt you to do what you can to ensure your physical and mental health is in as peak shape as possible. The community continues on RunClub's Facebook page because outside isn't cancelled.

Questions about training methods? Go online to runclub.ca or send an email to joberry@boogiethebridge.com.

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

JAMES MACDONALD
Artistic director of Western Canada Theatre

Last week’s romp was from Pioneer Park, where peaceful picnickers enjoy the sunset along with marauding canine brutes.

One frequent attendee is my own little peanut butter monster Sunny, who also took the opportunity this week to turn my nice new running shoes into a giant spongy chew toy.

Discovering this on my way to RunClub ON Sunday at 7 a.m., I was tempted to use the old “my dog ate my homework” excuse to stay home, brew a pot of java and crack open the news.

But in the end, I dug out an old pair and trekked out into the sunshine. I was glad I did.

Sunday coincided with official Boogie the Bridge day and I was fortunate to share our 10K Sweet run with the heart of Boogie, Jo Berry.

Jo is a visionary leader in our community and she reminds us constantly about how the benefits of RunClub are not just about running goals, but about the improvement of our physical, mental and spiritual health.

At Western Canada Theatre, it’s been our pleasure to partner with Boogie the Bridge as the charity of choice for two unusual years. Thanks to Jo and the team for persevering in finding ways to support youth programs at WCT.

Education in the arts builds character and improves creative, communication and collaborative skills for young people.

We’re proud to be able to offer these programs in our community. If you are able, support Boogie through their GoFundMe page (go online to gofundme.com and search “Friends of Boogie”).

Your support ensures the 2022 event will roar back bigger and better than ever — and won’t we all be ready for a deep breath by then?

Many thanks to Chris and the whole team at KTW for highlighting our journey this spring, and for keeping local stories at the forefront throughout the pandemic.

See you next year!

Kayla Pepper
Kayla Pepper

KAYLA PEPPER
Emergency manager with the province of British Columbia

Congrats on completing Boogie 2021!

I got in a couple runs and even did a 5K Boogie in Barnhartvale last week with my mom.

On April 25, there wasn’t the usual sea of red rushing across Overlander Bridge, but there was a meandering stream of us winding along the Rivers Trail and across town.

While we were distanced physically, it was the closest I’ve felt to my community since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

For this final column, we were invited to reflect on the past eight weeks and I’d like to circle back to the Boogie values and what I have learned:

1. Trust: Trust yourself (and your coaches) because you are capable of far more than you know. Also, trust the process. Movement is change.

2. and 3. Kindness and Commitment: This is the true currency of RunClub. I also saw commitment to practising kindness in how we show up for ourselves and others.

4. Integrity: Live and be an ambassador of these Boogie values both on and off the sidewalks/trails.

5. Respect: Extend respect to yourself, your community, the lands we live on — and remember to pass on the left!

6. Fun: This past Sunday, I literally ran eight kilometres in a fluffy pink tutu and loved every second of it. Boogie is about having fun and lifting up others. Take a walk down Schubert Drive before it rains and you’ll see what I mean.

My deep gratitude to Kamloops This Week, the sponsors and RunClub.

In many ways, I feel like Boogie is just the beginning. I plan to keep going and I hope you’ll join me.

Kayla Derkach
Kayla Derkach

KAYLA DERKACH
Promotions/on-air at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

I’m sitting here trying to think of how I can summarize my experience with RunClub and Boogie the Bridge in a few short paragraphs — and it’s hard.

It is difficult to summarize the impact on my life after joining these programs and how immediate that impact occurred.

The RunClub spring clinic is only eight weeks in length and this year’s Boogie event was an eight-day virtual event.

Both projects spanned a very short amount of time, but I know the lessons I learned will carry on with me long after this experience ends.

When I was first starting out with RunClub, I was not treating my body kind. I was making unhealthy decisions, from eating poorly, staying up too late to watch “just one more” episode of something on Netflix, to losing interest in exercising and, therefore, not getting off my ass.

The end result took a huge toll on my mental health and I didn’t even realize it was happening. 


Starting to move my body and have a goal really helped to push myself and my limits to actually completing my very first 5K run — and you better believe I bragged about it to my mom!

Through RunClub and Boogie, I was able to reconnect with our amazing community, set goals for myself, meet incredible people and learn to be kinder to myself and treat my body with respect.


If given the choice to do it all over again, I would — 100 per cent.

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