Boogie Strong in 2021: Week 3

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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.

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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 or send an email to


A campaign to raise money to help bring Boogie back to the streets in 2022 is online at If you can help, go to that website and search “Friends of Boogie.”

Jo Berry


Founder of Boogie and RunClub

My first ever “run” was roughly 30 years ago.

It was a slog around my block on a hot day in July.

Back then, I lived close to McArthur Park and this first-ever run is still ingrained in my memory. That day, I ran  as best I could. It hurt bad. I was gasping for air and my legs felt like rocks.

Everything hurt the next day and I never went out again for another couple of years.

The next attempt at running was not running. I walked. I fell in love with walking everywhere. I walked to work (Valleyview Overwaitea). I walked downtown. I walked back home. I walked here,  I walked there, I walked everywhere.

One day I decided, what the heck, let’s try to run again. To my utter shock and disbelief, I managed to run (with walking) for about an hour. It wasn’t easy, but it was a run. Six months later, I ran my first half -marathon and, a year after that, I ran a full marathon.

Another epic running mistake (too much, too soon) and I was off again with every injury imaginable. The next few years, I learned how to run properly and how to be gentle with myself.

Running is an amazing sport and I could never imagine my life without it. But it can be intimidating and there are plenty of pitfalls and land mines to be avoided when first getting started. Amid the pandemic, running (and walking) has been a gift to all of us. Outdoors is not cancelled.

If you have been walking for some time and are wondering how to start running  safely, we are here for you (and excited for you). Follow the program here in KTW and let’s knock off the weeks together.

Make sure you put a ton of walking in your workouts. Be kind to yourself, be calm and be safe. Boogie is our heart project and you are part of “movement is change.” You will do it!

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

Artistic director of Western Canada Theatre

“I’d never belong to any club that would have me as a member” — Groucho Marx

Never more true than when I registered (late) for our weekend RunClub. Our fearless coach Rick told me my usual choice, the 10K Sweet, was full and that he was shifting me to the forebodingly named 100K Bold.

He also noted we’d be running 12 kilometers at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning (!). Never having run 12K in my life, it sounded like a great plan.

I drove out to Mac Isle at 7:30 a.m., gazing enviously at leisurely walkers with their steaming to-go cups of coffee and cavorting dogs. It was a wonderful run — crisp spring in the air and a supportive group of people at an excellent pace, alternating eight minutes of running with two minutes of walking. Turns out 12K takes you on a beautiful path from NorBrock Stadium to Colombo Lodge — who knew? As for the aches and pains? Nothing that a two-hour bath couldn’t fix. Good thing I like to read.

I also spent the past week on a detox plan, with no alcohol, wheat or sugar. I’m tremendously disappointed to discover that it feels great — better sleep, better all-day energy, better mood. I’ve never been one for cleanses and deprivation, preferring moderation, but it really does make a difference.

Now that I’m running a bit more, I’ve renewed my search for a great playlist. I discovered the perfect song for our time — Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. Do yourself a favour and crank it every morning. It’s been a long cold lonely winter, but the smiles are returning to our faces.

Kayla Pepper
Kayla Pepper

Emergency manager with the province of British Columbia

I’m curious about runners who run for the sake of running.

Because they enjoy it? Because it’s what they do for fun?

I run because I know it’s good for me, but it still takes a “pre-game” self-coaching chat to coax me to the sidewalk.

When I started running again (all of three months ago), I turned to Spotify to distract from the actual “running” part of running. My mind wandered to projects at work, what I was going to eat after my run or how to avoid as many steep hills as possible in Juniper. I was far from enjoying the present moment.

So, this week, as a bit of an experiment, I tried being more present. Present to my breath. Present to dodging doggy-doo on the sidewalk. Present to pulling my tights back over my jiggly, belly bits. Present to the crisp, sunny weather signaling a return to spring. Present to practising compassion when I compared myself to other runners with flawless form who were carrying out conversations — in full sentences!

Then, on the Rivers Trail, the darndest thing happened. For more than a few fleeting moments, my thinking mind melted away. I was just going with it. Foot landing after foot, shoulders and hands relaxed and I noticed a slight smile across my face.

I wasn’t running to lose weight or get fitter, but because it felt good. Perhaps a turning point for my journey?

Cheers to week 3. We’re almost halfway to Boogie.

Kayla Derkach
Kayla Derkach

Promotions/on-air at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

As I enter week 3 of RunClub, I can’t believe how quickly this is going and how much I’m enjoying it.

Before RunClub, the only running I did was from my problems and the consequences of my actions. Now I actually enjoy running for fun. Who knew? 

This past week, I discovered RunClub is more than just a running group. I’ve learned a variety of things, like how important it is that your shoes fit your feet and, if they don’t, how they can cause you all sorts of problems, from common sports injuries all the way to bunions. And that you should be changing your runners every 6 months.

My current runners are three years old, so I foresee a shoe-shopping spree in my future. RunClub has also taught me a little bit about yoga. We do yoga after our sessions to stretch and help prevent injury and I’ve actually started to include these yoga stretches into my everyday life.

For example, if I am in my kitchen and need a pot from the bottom shelf, excuse me while I do the downward dog to get it.

One thing I didn’t expect from joining RunClub is how much of the city I’m exploring. It’s incredible how much Kamloops has to offer in its parks, trails and other places.

I had never had the opportunity to check out a lot of these things. The latest run was at McArthur Island and we took a trail I didn’t even known existed, one that was surrounded by wildlife and incredible views. I look forward to experiencing more of Kamloops and soaking up the scenery as I continue my journey with RunClub.

Boogie training Week 3


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