Boogie Strong in 2021: Week 6

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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.

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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, RunClub and Boogie the Bridge

It’s wild how much things can change in just one day. We all know this, especially due to the past 12 months. 

Last week, I wrote about the plan for a very small four-people-at-a-time  event. That next morning , we decided to cancel the live event due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Things were changing quickly, so Boogie did, too. Healthy living is about making decisions that are safe, confident and always for the greater good.

For this runner, change is part of life. To understand, there has been a lot of running this past year — about 70 kilometres a week.

Not everyone gets how restorative and healing running is. They think it’s all heavy breathing and muscle aches, but we runners know it’s so much more. I can have fabulous  runs and tough ones, but I always feel better, more grounded and clearer  after a run than before it.

So, I run on. And I bike on. And I hike on. Because, well, just because.

Running is fun and survival for me. It’s the one thing that helps me feel normal. I will continue to run through any temperature, in all seasons and I never care how far or how fast. I do care how it makes me feel and find that life, even during a global crisis, can have more perspective after a run.

During my runs, I stop for a gratitude prayer and say, “Thank you for my health, the outdoors and strength of my body, mind and spirit.”

Boogie is much more than an event.  Boogie is a feeling, a lifestyle, a community. It is love, passion, energy and change.  

We hope you’ll join us in the virtual 8 Days of Boogie from April 18 to April 25.

Movement is Change.

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

Artistic director of Western Canada Theatre

I had an active week, with three tennis matches and a 10K run from Valleyview Arena on a gorgeous, crisp Sunday morning.

After five decades of life, I happily discovered the unique and apparently universal concept of post-workout stretching,” so for the first time in weeks my knees don’t feel like I’m Bobby Orr after a Saturday night double-header.

The route through Valleyview was delightful and quirky, taking us through lovely tree-lined residential neighbourhoods and across the highway to the recycling depot — a perfect microcosm of the beauty and industry of our fair city.

RunClub has been a great way to get to know neighbourhoods from street level, a terrific chance to get to know our city a little more personally.

Themes for the week were “cross-training” and “emotional fitness.” I’ve never been much of a cross-trainer, preferring dogged commitment to a single activity or muscle group until one area of my body feels like the dried-up, burned-out engine in my old ’75 Valiant.

We’re so fortunate in Kamloops to have so many different activity options to fuel the different parts of our exercise rosters (note to self: In the next week, let’s try yoga, mountain biking and a little weight lifting).

We’re all on the emotional pandemic roller-coaster. The past two weeks have seemed the hardest, strangely, with the social-media badinage about appropriate behaviour and vaccine envy reaching, well, pandemic proportions. It’s a tough hill we’re all on and we’re on it together. Let’s try to take Coach Arjun’s sage advice about running up the hill on Vicars Road — small steps, stay on your toes, keep your heads up and remember to breathe.

And, if you need to, don’t be afraid to take it slow and enjoy the view.

Kayla Pepper
Kayla Pepper

Emergency manager with the province of British Columbia

Robin Sharma says that “small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.”

I’m a recovering all or nothing person. Previously when I would commit to getting healthier, I’d make “all” the lifestyle changes at once, only to slingshot back over to the “nothing” end of the spectrum and land in a spectacular fog of nachos and Netflix. I have come to realize that my daily improvements could be small, even minuscule.

On Sunday morning, our inspiring coaches led us from Valleyview Arena to Orchards Walk and back for a distance of just over seven kilometres. Yep, our 5K Bold team is actually training for an 8K — bold move, coaches.

Had I known the true distance before signing up, my inner couch potato would have talked me out of it. But these past six weeks have prepared me for today. Adding just 30 seconds of running each week has given me a whole new appreciation for my body and its abilities.

Boogie is about hope, health and heart. I met with Jo Berry last week and saw her deep commitment to helping our community thrive and flourish.

As the volunteers and organizers pivoted once again to hold virtual space to for us to come together (apart) next week, the best way we can repay them is to participate, by getting outside, moving our bodies, donating and hanging posters in our windows.

Small daily improvements lead to stunning lives — and stunning lives lead to a stunning community.

Kayla Derkach
Kayla Derkach

Promotions/on-air at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

I’m in Week 6 of the spring clinic of RunClub and I’m so proud of myself.

When first beginning this RunClub journey, I had no idea what to expect and it’s been a rewarding experience thus far.

I’m feeling better about myself, I feel more focused and I have more positivity in my days. I am very thankful for having the courage to take that first step with RunClub because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I feel like I can now officially describe myself as a runner on my online dating profiles!

I’m not running because I joined RunClub. I’m running because I enjoy it. I feel like that’s a success. Earlier this week, I learned the valuable lesson of making sure to stay hydrated and to always have a bottle of water handy.

This past week in RunClub, we upped the goal of our runs so that we’re engaging our bodies more. I didn’t bring a water bottle for the run — instant regret. I was so thirsty that when the run was over, I tore apart my car, found a two-day-old bottle of water and chugged it like I was back in college.

It was stale, but I have no regrets. Now I keep a cute, purple bottle of water on me at all times. Stale car water works in a pinch, but the bar has to set higher than that.

We are growing closer to the 8 Days of Boogie this month and I’m excited to see how I do with that 5K run and what I’ll feel like once the RunClub spring training is all wrapped up.

Boogie Week 6 training
Boogie The Bridge Week 6 training schedule.


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