What an AMAZING weekend I just experienced.
Thanks to the commitment the 1,200 farm families who own Cabot make to not only support community, volunteerism and producing the World’s Best Cheddar, but also health and wellness, I got to spend last weekend with 10 talented, fit, fun and inspirational bloggers as a part of the 2nd Annual CabotFit Team.
In celebration of the farmers across New England and New York who own Cabot, last year’s team ran the coveted 10K race at Beach to Beacon in Maine. This year, we brought the team to what I consider “old school” Cabot and ran in Vermont, courtesy of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.
It was an awesome weekend, that kicked off with a Friday “cheese grading” hosted at Lake Champlain Chocolate’s Southend Kitchen…
(A word to the wise — it’s never a bad idea to enjoy a little Light Cheddar for calorie control, but you MUST try the new Legacy Collection. That stuff is seriously good… I know this because I’ve tasted… and because Craig Gile, Cabot Master Cheese Grader taught us all about it.)
Saturday, we braved the clouds and intermittent rain to visit Percy Farm, one of the local Cabot farms, and of course, pet a few cows…
…before swinging by the Trapp Family Lodge (confession — the rain basically meant we showed up, took a picture and high tailed it to drier land). Next up we refueled with a quaint lunch (and some much needed apple cider donut carb loading) at The Apple Barn…
…before a visit to “Cheese Mecca” — the Cabot Annex, where the ladies got to sample any and every of cheese Cabot makes. (When you get a bunch of bloggers together, hashtags abound. We referred to this stop affectionately as our time to be #FueledByCheddar.)
But even with all that fun, the best had to be Sunday. Race Day. I’ll confess… I’m not a runner. I mean, I run and a workout a lot. But I’ve never run a race. Ever. Being on site to cheer for these ladies and watch them achieve goals, set PRs and just muscle through the course was overwhelmingly inspiring. Standing behind the barricades watching hundreds of people work so hard to achieve their goals is like watching a life lesson in what hard work can do for you. And I think it’s suiting that Cabot Farmers would support such a notion… because that’s what they all believe in. The value of hard work and doing your best.
Congrats to all the runners for not only finishing, but killing PRs! Can’t wait to do it again next year!
Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.
Editor note: We’re continuing to update to include CabotFit Team blog posts as they go up! Most recent update 5-30-14.