Boogie Strong in 2021: Week 4

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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

RunClub and Boogie founder

In both my professional and personal worlds, I’m seeing a theme emerge. We are having to redefine and reinvent our sense of connection and community.

The pandemic has done a huge number on us. The previous “automatic” ways we were able to engage (or disengage) with others has been cracked wide open.

Before, we could hide in our everyday lives and tolerate behaviours. Things just didn’t seem so potent. This past year, everything has been exposed. Relationships are changing and our own sense of health and well-being is much more important.

We have all been forced to slow down and look at the very things inside ourselves that make us healthy (mentally and physically). Many of us have deepened and evolved in our health. Along with this is the awareness that our connections and our community have to deepen and evolve with us.

RunClub has evolved to a very heart-centered group of individuals, seeking more health — physically , mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Their humanness is open to all the possibilities and learning to live a healthy life. Relationships are deeper and there is a reciprocal energy where people give and receive. There is a massive capacity to show up and love big and true.

Is this not what healthy living is all about? Movement in all modalities? To look deeper than just the physical? Yes, people are busting some very impressive running goals, but they are also busting into new ways of being, thinking and sharing.

As we get through this year, we are all realizing we have an opportunity to truly be healthier. Things we tolerated before are no longer serving us. This makes sense.

What does this have to do with Boogie? I know we have always felt this energy on Boogie day — an authentic connection.

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

Artistic director of Western Canada Theatre

Last week was Week 2 of my detox, with continued high energy, excellent sleep and vigorous exercise. I “celebrated” the end of the cleanse on Friday with a couple of nice cold beers — and promptly had a terrible sleep and felt sluggish all day Saturday. Hmmm.

For the first time this year, I was able to play tennis outside, a spirited match in which my tennis partner, Alan, took it a little easy on me, allowing me to take a few games while running me ragged. I am happy that my running and tennis seem to have had a very positive effect on my cardio.

The fresh air rejuvenates the spirit and, in these cautious times, allows us to breathe deeply and freely.

his year, we’re all itching to get outside of our four walls, with the approach of spring bringing hope and optimism to our souls. Unfortunately, post-match my body went to war with my positive mindset, with my knees, back and hips all rising in rebellion against my youthful spirit, with cramps and twinges lasting several days.

I’ve always been a bit of a weekend warrior, choosing to lie on the couch for five days, then climb the proverbial Everest on Saturday, whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing or softball.

There was a time when aches and pains survived my lack of training (and the lazy post-workout stretching), but no more.

My body is telling me that if I want to put a few miles on the old chassis, I’d better check the engine regularly, put in the proper fluids and keep up the maintenance.

A paint job wouldn’t hurt, either.

The great news of the week was the announcement of the distanced in-person version of Boogie the Bridge at the end of April. Looking forward to putting together a team from WCT!

Kayla Pepper
Kayla Pepper

Emergency manager with the province of British Columbia

On a windy, sunny, Sunday morning in Dufferin, RunClubbers gathered for another round of walk/run intervals (four minutes of running and two minutes of walking).

Coaches Arjun and Rawya spoke to us about running form. While they shared some wise practices (relaxed shoulders, hands like you’re holding potato chips, avoid side-to-side arm swinging), they also emphasized that your stride and form should fit what works for your body.

Last week, I wrote about comparing myself to folks with flawless form. This week, I learned there are as many expressions of flawless form as there are people out there moving their bodies.

One of the best running hacks I’ve picked up since joining RunClub was Arjun encouraging me to shorten my stride.

He pointed to our radiant leader, Jo Berry, as an excellent example. I seem to be surrounded by long-legged folks when out for walks or runs — Arjun included — and whether consciously or not, I was trying to mirror their strides, only to find myself getting tired and sore because my stride wasn’t natural for my body.

Part of running is finding what feels good in my own body (a.k.a the safest, most energy efficient way to move).

My stubby legs holding up my five feet and five inches can still keep pace with my towering friends, but the number of steps I take (also called “turnover”) might be a bit quicker. Whether a 5K takes 6,000 steps or 8,000 steps, the finish line is there waiting for us all.

Kayla Derkach
Kayla Derkach

Promotions/on-air at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

I can’t believe in how being involved in RunClub for such a short time could already have such huge positive impacts on my life.

I’ve started to rearrange my schedule and habits around my runs and I’m loving it. We run Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Before RunClub, a typical COVID-19 Saturday night for me was staying up late, having some drinks while Zooming with friends and playing games into the wee hours of Sunday morning — and basically making the rest of my Sunday useless.

I was recovering from my Saturday night shenanigans all day Sunday and really wasn’t productive.

I now look forward to an early night on Saturdays so I can tackle that 8 a.m. RunClub. And I now get so much done on Sundays. I’ve noticed a huge increase in my energy levels, I feel more focused and there’s more positivity in my life. It feels good. I’ve been struggling with quitting smoking and with the increased amount of physical activity I’ve been doing, RunClub has given me a kick in the butt to help me kick this habit, even though it’s still a work in progress.

Right now, we’re only jogging for two minutes at a time and two minutes does not sound long until you’re jogging uphill in the Dufferin area, sweat in places where sweat shouldn’t be, counting down the seconds until that two minutes is up.

Having a goal of being able to do that for 5K is incredible and, even though I sometimes struggle, I’m feeling my stamina increase and, overall, my well-being is benefiting from this whole experience.

It’s given me goals to strive toward.

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