Boogie The Bridge 2018: Week 5

The 2018 Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 29.

Training sessions are underway and KTW has asked three participants to keep us updated on their efforts to be ready for race day.

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As always, Boogie and RunClub founder Jo Berry also weighs in weekly with inspirational messages to keep you motivated.

Jo Berry



Boogie and RunClub founder

Boogie is just 23 sleeps away.

As we count down to another fantastic Boogie day, we can ask ourselves: Why Boogie?

Boogie has three pillars:

• Community health: Thousands of people have been part of the Boogie training program and changed their lives. Thousands of people have crossed the finish line and accomplished their goals. Community health happens at Boogie and it has changed the landscape of our city. Movement is change.

• Community contribution: The CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge has raised more than $1 million dollars for local charities. Boogie continues to raise significant funds for our charities and gives the most back per runner in Western Canada (and, perhaps, all of Canada).

• A signature event for Kamloops: Boogie is the largest attended wellness event in Kamloops — plus it’s a grassroots, homegrown initiative. The sea of red shirts, bands on the route and a high-energy environment make Boogie a whimsical event and there truly is a pace for everyone.

Why Boogie? The answer lies in one of sport’s greatest paradoxes: running for health and running for others is one of the most self-serving things any person can do. Purpose is a meta-goal. It provides a bigger reason to shoot for and, when people have a purpose, they demonstrate better focus and motivation. They change.

Doing things for others — the very definition of being unselfish — can have very self-serving effects. Years of research have shown ego-driven goals create pressure, tension and anxiety, whereas having a self-transcending purpose moves us beyond our ego.

Boogie helps us break down our castle walls and become open to new ideas and endless possibilities. Boogie is much more than running.

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

Moneca Jantzen

KTW Graphic Designer

There’s a pop song on the airwaves with a chorus of “one foot in front of the other,” which seems to garner my attention when I hear it, if for no other reason than it speaks to the simplicity of my fitness goals.

I just want to keep moving. Hopefully, this goal will evolve into something more complex, but for now, I’m trying to set myself up for success, however limited. I’m keeping things real and taking it all one step at a time.

In Week 2, my running shoes “ate” my left sock and proceeded to gnaw away at my heel, so now I have an owie. It opened up again on my first playwork last week, so I’m trying to find ways to hasten its healing, but keep walking.

I don’t want it to become a problem. I’m aware my resolve is still fragile and all of this is not yet a habit. 

My procrastinating, workaholic ways consumed my long weekend and, sadly, I didn’t get to my second playwork, so I’m feeling guilty about that. But I am trying not to dwell on the negative.

I happily went to the third Boogie session on Easter Monday and, although my legs protested every step, I enjoyed being with everyone and being outside.

As for Oliver, my walking buddy, I felt like I was crushing his energetic little heart by leaving him behind. Oh, to be wired like that.

Evan Choy

Manager of Customer Service, TD Canada Trust
5K Sweet

Running is all about your mindset and having self-belief is critical when no one is watching.

As headed out for my morning runs this week, I found that when I was optimistic and had positive energy, my days were great.

Even when I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, I still felt good as I focused on the positive things happening in my life.

When I am feeling down, I ask myself what’s the point of being negative, as it won’t help me.

The days when I really don’t feel like training are usually the days I need it because it indicates I need to get some individual time and reflect on what is going on with my life.

I like running both with a group and by myself.

On Sunday’s RunClub training session, I had a chance to run and chat with some new people and get to know them on a more personal level. The one thing I love at RunClub is the no-judgment atmosphere and positive energy coaches bring day in and day out.

They are focused on listening to your body and having a healthy mindset. We need to raise awareness about the mental benefits of running as it reduces stress by boosting levels of serotonin in your brain, creating a more positive mood.

Tim Shoults

Operations Manager, Aberdeen Publishing
5K Sweet

Unfortunately, a hectic week with some personal challenges that cropped up prevented me from taking part in Boogie training this week.

I do have four weeks of training in and plan to resume as soon as possible.

Thanks for following our journey and I hope to be back next week with a Week 6 diary entry.

© 2018 Kamloops This Week


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