History of Boogie The Bridge
Boogie the Bridge is Kamloops’ largest celebration of movement. To date, Boogie has had over 36,000 participants (averaging over 2,000 for the last 12 events) and raised over 1 million dollars for local Kamloops charities.
Boogie is much more than a running event – it empowers people to achieve their dreams and move their bodies, energy and souls to becoming the best they can be.
Founded by Jo Berry, Carol Gillis, Nina Reimer, Dawn King and Tracy Smith, all of who wanted to make a difference in their community. The event’s purpose was to promote the benefits of running to improve both physical and emotional well being. The original group of five believed in giving back and the theory that “Movement is Change” can assist in huge changes for people.
Originally an all women’s event in year one. By year two men, children, and families wanted to be involved so Boogie became an all inclusive event. The first event attracted 62 participants and through the years has captured the imagination and hearts of the city and became a passionate ‘movement‘ for its citizens. The event continued to grow and morphed into the phenomenon it is today with the colour red symbolizing passion, energy, fun and change. The entertainment part of boogie (live music at the start and finish as well as along the route) has made Boogie a party on the run! Thousands descend upon Kamloops streets each Spring in celebration of our grassroots movement: Boogie the Bridge!
Each year, thanks to the generous support of the community and its partners, Boogie is able to donate close to 50% of each registration fee to local Kamloops charities. Chosen every two years, Boogie donates funds raised each year to two charities of choice and the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund (began in 2005).
Boogie truly takes a community and without the support by its loyal and dynamic Boogie team, Boogie society, community partners, sponsors, volunteers and participants it could not happen, so THANK YOU.
Boogie The Bridge is proud to have become one of Kamloops’ spring traditions and hopes to be for years to come.
Boogie The Bridge Participation Over The Years
|YEAR||# of Participants|
|2021||no in-person participants as Boogie celebrates virtually||Again, due to the pandemic, Boogie had to continue with the celebration of movement done virtually.|
|2020||no in-person participants as Boogie celebrates virtually||Due to the pandemic, Boogie had to transition to the celebration of movement being done virtually.|
|2019||2222||Due to planned construction in downtown Kamloops, Boogie had the chance to showcase an incredible part of our City – the North Shore! Boogie started and finished at McDonald Park on the North Shore, and still Boogie’d the bridge – just not the one everyone was used to. The feedback was fantastic, our North Shore neighbors were amazing and we are thrilled to be back on the North Shore for 2020.|
|2018||2804||We welcomed our two new charities Kamloops Brain Injury Association and YMCA-YWCA – Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Intiative (KELLI). The weather was cool and for the first time ever, the skies opened up and rained for warmup, mini boogie and parts of the race. A new start/finish near the Signature Sandman.|
|2017 (20th annual)||2879||Our two charities remained the same as 2016 and it was a perfectly beautiful bluebird sunny day down at the start/finish at Riverside Park.|
|2016||2,677||Our two new charities of choice are the A Way Home Program and the Crossing Bridges Art program (Kamloops Arts Council). It was a mixed weather day as we started and finished at Riverside Park again!|
|2015||2,549||Our two charities were The CMHC Youth Clubhouse and the Family Tree Family Centre. We returned our Start line to Riverside Park due to the Overlander Bridge being under major repair.. It was a bright, sunny day!|
|2014||2,373||Sadly the Daily News closed it’s doors but we are thrilled to announce our new Title Sponsor CFJC TV! It was a sunny, slightly windy, beautiful Sunday with 2,373 participants to support our Two Charities The CMHC Youth Clubhouse and the Family Tree Family Centre.|
|2013||2,464||BIGGEST Boogie ever although it was a tad chilly, the turnout of 2464 participants warmed our hearts! We partnered for a second year with Big Brothers and Sisters of Kamloops.|
|2012||2,342||Another Successful Year, Our Fabulous Charity of Choice Big Brothers and Sisters of Kamloops. It was a fabulous Spring Morning.|
|2011||2,200||2200 again show up on a cold May morning boogie while the committee once again partners with ASK Wellness of Kamloops to raise funds.|
|2010||2,200||2200 people Boogie through the streets of downtown Kamloops as our event moves from the park to the heart of our downtown core and the committee partners with ASK Wellness of Kamloops to raise funds|
|2009||2,200||2200 people Boogied and brave cool temperatures, and KELLI program is thriving because of the awareness.|
|2008||2,200||2200 people Boogie and awareness of KELLI program|
|2007 (10th annual)||1,800||People Boogie and continue to raise monies, awareness, and participation in movement and health.|
|2006||1,507||1507 Raised the awareness of CMHA Youth Clubhouse and promoting movement and health!|
|2005||1,200||1200 Boogiers come out to assist and raise funds for low income families and children in Kamloops.|
|2004||847||Boogie -4- Kids school based program is added as a pilot project for the first time! An overwhelming success with over 350 kids running either 1K mini boogie/ 5K or 10K distance. The half marathon is fast becoming a large event as well! Boogie raised enough money to purchase a Boogie Bus for low income families and children through the ARCH program.|
|2003||503||Kids event’s see a significant increase in attendance . The high energy warm up brings people ‘out of their comfort zones’ and put into a philosophy of living life to the fullest while running down the gorgeous river trail. Funds raised go to the Kamloops Sexual Assault Center.|
|2002 (5th annual)||383||Kamloops Daily News comes on as an amazing corporate community sponsor and becomes passionate about contributing to community health. The message of “Movement is Change” is taken out to the community and healthy living increases in our beautiful city! 1k Mini boogie is added for kids! Funds raised go to the Kamloops Sexual Assault Center|
|2001||350||Boogie adds the half marathon distance! Funds raised go to the Kamloops Boys and girls Club.|
|2000||190||This celebration in Red is becoming better known and the energy contagious. The kids decorate the bike bridge with beautiful life size cut outs of people running and playing. 5K and 10K Boogie raises money for the Kamloops Boys and Girls Club.|
|1999||101||The Kamloops own rube band warms up the crowd on a very windy day. Yes : The beginning of putting the “ Boogie” into “ Boogie The Bridge”. This is a 2 day event with Trisha Sellmer and the Kamloops Art Council putting on an amazing art exhibit all on body image the night before Boogie also including a wine and cheese celebration in red. Boogie becomes an all gender event and raises money for the Women’s Resource Center.|
|1998 (1st annual)||62||Boogie was created by Jo Berry. Boogie took place out of Java Cycle and was attended by 62 runners and walkers. Boogie was born from a pivotal event in Jo’s life, the loss of her mom, and she moved forward with recruiting a group of women. Jo believed in giving back and the theory that “Movement is Change” can assist in huge changes for women. This was an all women’s event in year one. Distances were 5K and 10K run / walk or stroll . Funds raised went to The Shop Program Women’s Lending Circle and the BPW club.|