Boogie Strong in 2021: Week 5

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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 the Bridge founder

On Easter Monday, Boogie race director Karen Henning and I were in Riverside Park, putting down a Boogie route by foot. 

The sun was shining, people were smiling and our Boogie love was being enacted.

This year feels nostalgic and retro. As we walked the route, we remembered the early years, when there was no professional timing, staging, signage, traffic control, etc.

On this sunny Monday, it was just the two of us creating a  5K route to keep Boogie alive  in the community. It sounds simple, but it’s a difficult task. There are many extra layers, with COVID-19 protocols, very limited participation and creation of a route where people can be physically distanced.

On top of it, our entire team has been creating the virtual 8 Days Boogie for the community. Our Boogie team shares a big heart  and a deep commitment to keeping Boogie alive.

This is where you come in, Kamloops.

There is one big goal we need to hit this year, in order to make next year a possibility, and that is to have your support this year .

Our hearts are sharing (in a most vulnerable way) by asking you to stand strong alongside your signature event and support Boogie 2021. By doing so, we can all be together again in 2022.

Boogie is community and connection. 

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

Artistic director of Western Canada Theatre

It was bachelor week in the MacDonald house with my wife away.

It led to relatively unhealthy lifestyle choices for the men of the house: cat, dog and human.

The cat devoured mice, the dog gorged on peanut butter and the human made nightly popcorn and ice cream a key part of a balanced diet.

I played tennis twice, getting the benefit of beautiful outdoor exercise in a week during which we were all restricted from indoor activity.

The downside of the tennis is that there is something in the lateral movement or compression that has been hard on my knees, so my running has been truncated. There were a few tentative trots on the treadmill and a beach run with the dog, but I am feeling distant from my compadres in the RunClub.

I am looking forward to a 12K run this week.

As my business at Western Canada Theatre also relies on the gathering of people, I empathize with our wonderful Kamloops restaurants and pubs as they face an uncertain few weeks ahead. I’ve been supporting our locals with takeout and delightful al fresco experiences on patios.

I read about how living through the pandemic is like running a race and that, paradoxically, the hardest time of the race is when the finish line comes into sight.

That for some reason our feeling of not being able to accomplish the goal increases even as the prospect becomes most realistic, leading to increased anxiety and frustration.

The RunClub philosophy overcomes these feelings of self-doubt by emphasizing that we’re all in it together and that no person will be left behind. That the goal doesn’t need to be the fastest time and that there are many ways to run (or walk) a race.

Maybe we can all take that lesson about the pandemic. It may not be a sprint across the line, but we’ll get there. Soon.

Kayla Pepper
Kayla Pepper

Emergency manager with the province of British Columbia

While running along the Westsyde dike, I thought about how running is kind of like emergency management, but for your life.

That may sound weird, but hear me out.

I’ve been in this line of work for more than a decade and I have seen first-hand how communities mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster events.

RunClub is the mitigation and preparedness to help me respond to and recover from not only the upcoming Boogie race, but also the emotional, physical and mental twists and turns life throws at me.

In emergency management, efforts made in advance (such as building dikes, putting together 72-hour kits, exercising emergency plans ,etc.) all influence how communities experience emergencies.

Showing up to RunClub weekly is the mitigation and preparedness to help me build the physical and emotional fitness required to mindfully respond to moments of stress in my personal and professional life — and then recover a sense of peace, joy and well-being.

On our most recent run, our coaches talked about how moving our bodies is a gateway to emotional and mental fitness (hello happiness endorphins!).

In the RunClub hub, Jo Berry defined mental fitness at RunClub as “not about stopping emotions, but rather about increasing our self-awareness and committing to creating a life based on a culture of compassion.”

The emergency events will come, the emotions will come, the race will come — but it is how we mitigate risks, prepare ourselves, respond compassionately and then take time to recover that makes all the difference.

Kayla Derkach
Kayla Derkach

Promotions/on-air at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

We are now in Week 5 and I cannot believe how quickly it’s going.

I guess it’s true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun, and RunClub is a blast.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the experience. I’ve come to learn that RunClub is way more than a fitness group — it’s a community and a place for self growth.

Not only have I grown more in fitness, I’ve learned about myself, too. In RunClub, we also focus on emotional fitness, where you work on your mental health and challenge yourself to overcome aspects of negativity in your life.

For example, this week is working on starving your negative thinking.

“We are all human, having a human experience. Our minds naturally like to sit happily in our negative patterns and, when we watch that sneaky mind, we start to notice and take control of it, rather than it controlling us.”

That’s an excerpt from the emotional fitness from this week and, for me, it really resonates.

After a year of living amid this pandemic, I hadn’t quite realized I was struggling in my mental health and RunClub has become a bit of a grounding rock for me, for which I’m thankful.

In just five weeks, RunClub has given me a community, a goal for my fitness and a better understanding of my mental health and how to have more self-compassion, compassion for others and self-forgiveness.

One saying that RunClub uses is, some days are going to be rock days and some will be rock star days out there.

This applies to running, walking and life. We all have them all, so be gentle with yourself (mentally and physically).

Keep moving.

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