Boogie the Bridge 2020: Week 2

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.


Jo Berry

Jo Berry
Boogie the Bridge and RunClub Founder

If we have the power to make each other smile, we should do that.

The world needs more of that.

Boogie training started last Sunday and Tuesday amid smiles galore. It continues this Sunday and Tuesday. If you missed out, you can still join in the fun by emailing

The hardest part truly is “getting there.

Many found the courage to walk through that door and are now wondering what took them so long. Many returned and do so because they know it is good for their souls (and soles). We are not exaggerating — the Boogie movement initiates a lot more than running. It’s a game changer.

Investing in ourselves is the best investment we can all make. The “health is wealth” cliché is truth. Sometimes (often), it’s hard to make changes. We are all human, we all stumble in this area in different and similar ways.

New beginnings, new energy, new friends, new movement, new surroundings, new challenges all take courage. Embrace them all. They all equate to new happiness and greater health and well-being.

Boogie training acts as preventive medicine — physically and emotionally. The environment is a safe place to be so completely yourself that everyone feels safe to be themselves, too.

Thus, the big smiles this past Sunday and Tuesday.

So, what does this have to do with running? Or walking? Or movement? Everything .

Movement is a decision — emotionally and physically. There are always people less qualified doing the things they want to do simply because they decided to believe in themselves and take a chance. The most beautiful thing about Boogie training is seeing lives change because they decided to take a chance.

Congrats to all who came out to spring training 2020!

James MacDonald
James MacDonald

James MacDonald
Artistic director, Western Canada Theatre
10K Sweet

We gathered at the Sandman Signature Hotel on a brisk Tuesday evening for our session.

The whippet-fit and trepidatiously paunchy (yours truly) huddled nervously or confidently over their water bottles as Jo Berry brilliantly inspired us with a half-hour motivational talk about the Boogie experience.

I’d had some aches in my back and knees from an ill-advised afternoon spent on Headwalls at Sun Peaks (my brain thinks I’m 18, but my body is at war with that notion), so I was a bit nervous about how my cranky parts would react to repetitive motion running on a sidewalk.

I also worried a bit about my asthma, and my legs, and my stamina.

I joined the 10K Sweet group, where the end goal is a relatively gentle 10K run.

We were warned about the importance of water (of which I had none) and wearing hats and gloves (some ragged old ones luckily found in the trunk of the car).

We bopped out to Riverside Park and began the trot. And it felt — outstanding.

The joints loosened, the breathing came into rhythm and a dozen of us ran in sync — five minutes of jogging, two minutes of walking, repeated six times. Any time someone fell a bit off the pace, the entire group does a “pick up” to collect them, high-fiving and without judgment. By the end, we were warm, rosy and had covered 6.5 kilometres.

I felt so good I went home and hydrated with a fantastic pint of beer.

I’ll have to work on that part ...

Sam Numsen Pride
Sam Numsen

Sam Numsen
Community relations co-ordinator, New Gold Inc.,
5K Sweet

Since moving to Kamloops in 2012, I regularly pitch its many attributes to friends and family, in hopes of having them leave their urban dwellings and relocate to the Interior.

I tout the affordability, the kindness of Kamloopsians and the natural beauty of the area. During the first RunClub clinic last Sunday, as we traversed the Rivers Trail under a bluebird sky, not only did I increase my heart rate, but I found myself reconnecting to the physical space — the landscapes and landmarks that make the city special.

Far-reaching neighbourhoods and unforgiving hills contribute to Kamloops’ label as a commuter city where car is king.

While I’m grateful this is changing thanks to the uptake of more sustainable transportation options, I am no help and drive almost exclusively to meet my needs.

When you abandon the auto for a more mindful experience and choose instead to walk, run or wheel yourself throughout the city, your experience deepens. You notice more of the good stuff.

When you drive, you focus on people who don’t signal, who cut you off or, worst of all, who resist the zipper merge. When you move through the city on foot, however, you notice budding spring growth, interesting plaques and signage, murals, new buildings, changing landscapes and other qualities you’re likely to miss behind the wheel.

These things build a person’s love and connection to a place and I’m looking forward to falling even more in love with Kamloops on my own two feet.

Sabrina Weeks
Sabrina Weeks

Sabirina Weeks
Power Walking

On Sunday at 6:45 a.m., I wake up for my first ever RunClub meeting.

Lying in the dark, I listened to Mike sleep as I tried to convince myself not to go — my bed’s warm, it’s still dark, I could start Tuesday instead.

Eventually, I did get up. I jumped into the shower and wondered if people shower before RunClub? Do they wear makeup?  There will be people there and Lord knows makeup makes me feel more confident. I opt for SPF foundation and mascara.

What should I wear? I don’t run, so I’m clueless. Images of triathletes flash through my mind, with their tight clothes and padded bottoms. Nope. That stuff doesn’t hang in my closet.

I check the weather. The temperature is -3 C, but it feels like -7 C. Crap. I need to bundle up. Should I wear winter boots or runners with warm socks? So many questions.

I arrive at 7:45 a.m. to a room full of chipper, happy people. I immediately want to leave. I cower in the back of the room, feeling very uncomfortable.

Jo Berry then begins speaking, talking about the program and all the people involved. Suddenly, my anxiety lifts. I start getting excited about the process and my decision to participate.

RunClub has a group for every fitness level, so I decide to start with power walking. The group is lovely and the two coaches are fun and encouraging. We walk and talk a distance of four kilometres and leave feeling very inspired.

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