Boogie the Bridge 2022: Last week of training

Bogie is back! Questions about training methods? Go online at or email [email protected]

Boogie the Bridge celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and when walkers and runners gather at McDonald Park in North Kamloops on April 24, it will be the first in-person Boogie since 2019.

The pandemic has scuttled the mass in-person event for the past two years.

Registration is open online at, with different course options – one-kilometre kids’ mini-boogie, five-kilometre half-marathon, 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre – available for the event which raised more million dollars for charities. Western Canada Theater and its First Nations Youth Theater Program is the Boogie’s Charity of Choice in 2022.

As in previous years, Kamloops This Week publishes, online and in each print edition, a column from Berry, as well as weekly updates from three participants.

KTW Sales Representative Paul De Luca, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Coun. Joshua Gottfriedson and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra General Manager Daniel Mills, Councilor Tk’emlups, and Daniel Mills write about their experiences as they continue to practice towards their goal.

We hope you find inspiration in these ideas and inspire you to do what you can to ensure that your physical and mental health is as optimal as possible. Questions about training methods? Go online for or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Joe Berry
Founder of Boogie the Bridge and RunClub

Boogie 2022 is only two berths. We are thrilled to be back and welcome back our Kamloops family.

For two years we haven’t had a Boogie. Over the past two years, we have all had challenges. All different, but identical.

But the spring of 2022 is really here and we are, overall, moving past the worst times, making it a good time to take a deep breath and assess the changes that have occurred. While no one would be upset if we could magically erase this whole pandemic experience, it has been the crucible of our lives for over two years and we have a lot to gain from it – and even a lot to gain. Life is different now.

We know that family, friends and community are the most important parts of our lives and can be the best medicine of all. We have learned how much we need each other. We learned that loneliness is much more harmful to our health than we thought and that loneliness is everyone’s problem. It happens to all of us and it hurts a lot.

We have learned that nature and movement are essential to our mental health. The sky and the fresh air are now all more familiar to us. The same goes for birds, trees, bees, shooting stars and flowers. Moving outside is exceptional and we all need it.

Boogie is all of this and more. Standing in that sea of ​​red on the starting line this year is going to be different. Better. Important. Powerful. Real. We will look side by side and see our family and friends by our side.

We will look ahead and behind and deeply feel our community. We will realize that we are all in this together for all the right reasons: love. Yes, we all share the same heart space.

Last week at Boogie practice, people threw themselves into their impossible. They realize all their dreams. Heading now for a 5K, 10K or 21K, many for the first time know they will achieve their goal. They also know that their mental health is brighter. Movement is change. See you on April 24.

Copy of Paul De Luca

Kamloops this week

Last week’s run was the big daddy before Boogie, a dry run of the course, just two kilometers short of the actual 21k distance.

Needless to say, I was nervous, but I felt well placed, physically and mentally, to finish the race.

On Sunday morning, I was getting ready for the race. I slept well, ate a healthy breakfast and played a few tunes to cheer me up.

That was it – a chance to really show myself that I have what it takes. As I negotiated the corner of McDonald’s Park, I was in the zone. I saw a crowd of red shirts and knew it was time.

I parked the car and turned off the music, heard cheers and saw commotion. As I exited the vehicle, I immediately realized that the cheering was not for me, but for my group as it began its run without me. Oh no.

I quickly jumped out of the car and ran to catch up with them, like I was in a scene from a romantic movie, when the protagonist is at the airport, trying to catch up with his true love.

Running frantically in front of everyone, hands full of my gear, I managed to catch up. Instead of declaring my love, however, I greeted my group with deep, labored breaths.

Fast forward 18.9 kilometers later we crossed the finish line, I had done it. It was amazing to know that, even with a tough start, I’m confident that I can do it.

Joshua Gottfriedson 2022

Advisor with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Wéyt-kp (Hello to more than one).

I started a trip to the United States last Friday.

Our first attempt, the red eye to Orlando, was thwarted by a few gusts of wind. We were delayed for a few hours and reluctantly purchased a room for one night in Kelowna.

After a few hours of sleep, we hopped on a plane to Toronto, only to be met 13 hours late. Luckily my partner and I had a few friends to welcome us into their home for the evening, which gave us a few more hours of sleep. We were woken up by the intrusive sound of our alarms and headed to the Toronto airport for a flight to Orlando.

Finally, we reached our destination and the happiest place on earth two days later than planned.

At first it seemed easy to be angry and negative. Then I realized where my beautiful girlfriend and I were, a place I could only dream of as a young boy – Disneyworld! I am literally living my best life with someone I completely love and adore. Life is beautiful and every day I am shown how easy it is to be grateful.

I grabbed my shoes and will show this new part of the world my love and appreciation by showing up to earth with every step I take. I carry the love and support of the RunClub community to the East Coast of America.

Kukwstsétselp (Thanks to more than one).

Daniel Mills 2022

General Manager of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

Early on Sunday, April 24, the morning after the last Kamloops Symphony concert of the 2021-2022 season, I will be waking up early to attend my very first in-person Boogie the Bridge.

My goal since day one has remained the same: to have fun. And I guess we’ll see how much speed is involved in this “fun” when we get to that starting line.

What a rewarding seven weeks it has been as part of RunClub. Seeing Jo in her fashion and all the energy and inspiration she brings to others has really earned my involvement.

Of course, there were so many other surprises. A big highlight was the conversations I had with other runners, hearing their reasons for running with the team, whether it was the first or 21st RunClub training session.

The general conversations about life that naturally flowed from the practice runs were equally rewarding.

These conversations and connections renewed my belief in running and reminded me how adaptable, accessible and social this sport can be.

To all of the RunClub attendees and everyone who attends Boogie Sunday, including the wonderful volunteers, have an absolutely fantastic time.

No matter what, just embrace the experience. I can’t wait to see you all at the finish line.

Evelyn C. Tobin