Boogie The Bridge: Week 6

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

The 2018 CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 29 as runners meet in Riverside Park to run or walk various distances. 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.

Moneca Jantzen, Evan Choy and Tim Shoults are running and writing for the 2018 Boogie:

article continues below
Jo Berry

RunClub and Boogie founder

A huge thank you to our media sponsors: CFJC-TV and Kamloops This Week.

Community health happens because of their commitment to taking the message (Movement is Change) to the broader audience. The No. 1 goal of Boogie is a partnership for a healthier Kamloops. Thank you, CFJC-TV and Kamloops This Week, for your passion and commitment to community health.

Boogie is 100 per cent dedicated to Kamloops.

May the magic of movement open up a new world and bring you joy for your entire life.

Remember when we were kids and we looked at life in total wonder and awe, when we rode our bikes, walked to our friend’s house and ran around the school field?

Life (and movement) was magical. When we were kids, every day included movement and adventure. However, somehow as we grew into adults, responsibilities, problems and difficulties took their toll on us. We may have stopped moving.

The CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge wants to bring movement back into your life. No matter your age, body shape or circumstances, we want to provide you an experience that will be fun, engaging and full of love and support.

Are you ready to experience the magic of movement again? Are you ready to be filled with awe, energy and excitement? Then get ready to Boogie!

If you’re not sure, no worries, come down to Riverside Park on Sunday, April 29, and be a spectator. Get a feel for it. Cheer on the kids. Be part of the Boogie movement. This is your event and we are all part of making a change in our city.

The Movement is Change initiative has greatly impacted our city over the past 21 years. There are many more people moving in Kamloops and, with our passionate sponsors we are making a difference.

Join the Boogie movement. Contact Jo Berry by email 
at For more information, go 
online to and

Moneca Jantzen

Graphic designer at KTW

Recently a dear friend told me before she died that she would come back and haunt me if I didn’t get “healthy.”

I probably wouldn’t object to such a visit from her, but truth be told, her plea from that day haunts me regardless.

I’ve had a few things happen in recent months that are making me delve a little deeper than I am typically willing. I have been on autopilot for some time just getting through life.

Simply going through the motions with RunClub isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Odds are good that going to the group sessions and following through with the assigned playwork will result in positive physical changes.

Nevertheless, the program does offer this entire other world of emotional, and for some, spiritual fitness — and a whole community of support within which to grow.

During most of my earlier RunClub sessions, I have managed to keep much of this touchy-feely, introspective stuff at bay. Like the extra weight that buffers much of my existence in the world, I tend to be more of an observer than a participant.

This, it seems, is one of my lifelong lessons.

The bluntness of what my friend said to me that day shocked me and I vowed to change my ways.

I’m really trying to keep my promise — not just to her, but to myself. I just have to do the work. All of it.

Evan Choy

Manager of customer service at TD Canada Trust
5K Sweet

At Sunday’s training session, we had a lesson on fitness — financial fitness.

There is quite a bit of commonalities between physical fitness and financial fitness. They both require discipline.

Nowadays, everything is so convenient. We even have Amazon’s one-click ordering method that, once you click your card, sees your item get shipped out immediately. We need to stop ourselves from buying that new pair of shoes that we don’t need.

Usually when I have the urge to buy something, my rule of thumb is to wait a whole day, as we all tend to want instant gratification. We perceive wants as needs.

Running is like investing. The more discipline and effort you put into it, the more growth and results you will see. You can start your financial fitness journey by saving and using the “pay yourself first” method, a program that automatically transfers a specific amount chosen by you from your chequing account to your savings account whenever you use your debit card to purchase something.

Then, you just sit and wait and watch your savings add up.

For both running and saving, the growth and improvement is positive reinforcement and this will motivate you to do more.

The key to success for both of these is patience as it is all about the long-term gain.

Tim Shoults

Aberdeen Publishing operations manager

After a week away from training, I had a little trepidation coming back to RunClub — and not just because it felt strange being let into a the TD Bank branch downtown early on a Sunday morning.

But sure enough, the friendly, welcoming, totally judgment-free atmosphere made me feel like I’d never been away. I should have known, but it took skipping a week to truly experience it, I guess.

Also a new experience for me was helping send off our half-marathon group and their coaches, who had to leave earlier than the rest of us due to the length of their run.

They left under a big arch of cheering participants.

In all the years I’ve done Boogie training, I haven’t seen that before and it was wonderful to be a part of the celebration.

From there, we hit Riverside and Pioneer parks for our 5K Sweet run and even managed to Boogie the Bridge! OK, it was the Valleyview pedestrian bridge, not Overlanders Bridge, and we turned around and headed for home immediately after crossing it, but it still felt good.

I felt good enough that despite only having to do eight sets of running followed by walks in our group, when our coach called an optional ninth run, I found myself doing it without even thinking — this despite the fact that I had been trying to argue earlier that our fourth rep had to be our fifth.

It’s great to be back on the program.

© 2018 Kamloops This Week


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Kamloops This Week welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
KTW Daily News Alerts

Question of the Week POLL

Tell us about your Christmas shopping plans this year.

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar