Boogie the Bridge 2020: Week 1

The big event takes place on April 26, with participants gathering at McDonald Park on Kamloops' North Shore

The 2020 CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 26 as runners meet in McDonald Park on the North Shore to run or walk various distances. The annual event has raised more than $1 million for charity since its inception more than two decades ago.

Kamloops This Week is publishing online and in each Friday print edition a column by RunClub and Boogie founder Jo Berry, along with weekly updates from three participants.

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James MacDonald of Western Canada Theatre, Sam Numsen of New Gold and singer/musician Sabrina Weeks part of Boogie and writing about their experiences training for the event.

Boogie training begins on Sunday, March 6 (at 8 a.m.) and on Tuesday, March 8 (at 6 p.m.) at the Sandman Signature Hotel, across from Riverside Park at 225 Lorne St. Participants can sign up for both training days or choose one from the pair.

All the information can be found by clicking here.

Jo Berry

Jo Berry
RunClub and Boogie the The Bridge founder

Boogie season 2020 is here.
Spring has arrived ( happy dance) and the outdoors beckon us to move.

Running, walking and moving puts everyone in a better mood, but for many of us, movement is key to managing our mental health.

This is a great time for Boogie and mental wellness. Our society is finally shifting into taking the stigma off mental health and going public to spread the message that mental wellness is as important as physical wellness.

For Boogie, this is fantastic because since the beginning, Boogie has been about Movement is Change — movement (fitness) in all spheres: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

The sea of red has always represented passion, energy, community and wellness.

Most of you know my story around anxiety and depression.

After losing my mom to depression, I also experienced this illness and started to connect the dots between moving outdoors and feeling well.

It started a 23-year passion to share this message with anyone who would listen. To this day, my running keeps me grounded, manages my anxiety and feeds my soul.

I believe in running and fitness. It’s a big part of who I am and a large part of what I love.

So it’s hard for me not to stand on a soapbox and preach about this topic.

Forgive me for ranting and raving. Such is an element of passion — and passion for our community.

Movement changes everything, from our quality of life to our functional abilities to our life expectancy.

Boogie shares this same high-energy passion.

Mark your calendar and join us on Sunday, April 26. Together we will celebrate community wellness in all its forms.

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

James MacDonald
Artistic director, Western Canada Theatre

When WCT’s Indigenous Youth Theatre Program was chosen as the charity of choice for Boogie, I couldn’t wait for our organization to collaborate with a group as positive, high-spirited and community-minded as the Boogie team.

I was told I was selected as “WCT Team Captain.” I happily accepted, figuring I’d be amazing at passing out energy drinks while cheering on the actual runners. I was then told the captain leads from the middle of the pack. After five years away from running, it’s time to strap on the rusty sneakers.

I have a love/hate relationship with running.

Back in Edmonton, I’d occasionally drag my sleepy self out of bed on a Sunday morning and wheeze my way around a four-kilometre circuit in the River Valley.

(I reserved this activity for the months you could actually go outside, generally June through August.)

I’d combine this rather minimal commitment to exercise with useful self-righteous thinking, such as “I ran four kilometres today — I think I deserve another pint!”

What I love most about theatre in Kamloops is the gathering of community. Theatre entertains us communally and it promotes our mental health and well-being. Running does the same and I am looking forward to being pushed (and pulled, and perhaps dragged) by my fellow runners.

I am looking forward to the fresh air, the sunshine and the celebration of spring. I’m even looking forward to trimming a few pounds off of my increasingly bulky middle-aged frame.

Most of all, I’m looking forward to the mental and physical health boost that exercise provides. In the past couple of years, I’ve noticed how poor health and lifestyle choices have made me increasingly stressed, including rough sleep and anxiety.

I’ve always said the arts improves our mental health. So does running — and running communally with good friends will be the best boost of all.


Sam Numsen
Sam Numsen

Sam Numsen
Community relations co-ordinator
, New Gold Inc.

Running has never been a source of joy, comfort or confidence for me. 

In fact, the opposite has been true.

For me, running too often stirs up feelings of angst, shame and avoidance. I realize the point of physical activity like running is just that — to be physically active and push our boundaries.

But let’s first consider the mechanics. 

The act of putting one foot in front of the other at a quickened pace over and over again on pavement seems particularly punishing, however fundamental the movement may be. I feel every heavy-footed step take a toll on my 6-foot-4-inch frame as that burning sensation builds in my throat. 

Maximum effort for what feels, at least in the interim, like minimal gain, with the swiftness and agility of expert runners seemingly slipping further and further from my grasp.

Factor in the traumatic baggage of timed group runs in high school gym class and you’ve got 1,001 reasons not to run. 

I know what you’re thinking: get over yourself; lace up and start somewhere; no pain, no gain; blood, sweat and tears; nose to the grindstone; yadda, yadda, yadda. 

And, well, you’re right. Since turning 30 last year, I’m less interested in reasons not to do something and more interested in reasons to do something. 

I’m doing RunClub’s spring Boogie training to uncover some reasons to run and I hope you’ll join me along the way.  

Sabrina Weeks
Sabrina Weeks

Sabrina Weeks

RunClub — wowza!

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would join RunClub. I am feeling very anxious. I am 49 years old, weigh more than 200 pounds and have never run anywhere.

When I picture a runner, I see Tara Holmes — bouncing, energetic and full of piss-n-vinegar. That’s never been me. I love a good couch and a movie.

As some of you know, I’m a musician and have been performing regionally for the past 20-plus years. Recently, I joined Princess Cruises as part of its entertainment team, singing seven days a week in four-month stints since 2018.

During my last contract, my health failed, my throat stopped acting like it should and singing became impossible. I returned home early to seek medical attention and had to take time off to allow my throat to heal. 

It turns out I couldn’t continue working that hard, eating rich food and not exercising without repercussions. Funny that! After returning home, I decided to turn my health around.

I changed my diet once again and started doing yoga and meditating.

In a Judy Basso workshop, I created a vision board to gain clarity. On my board is a woman running.

It became clear I need to increase my strength and endurance. This will be a critical part of my health journey.

Enter Jo Berry and RunClub.

I have no idea how to stop my breasts from bouncing — wish me luck.

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