The CabotFit team’s mission is focused on increasing awareness about the importance of wellness through nutrition and exercise. The team, which has been running since 2013, is comprised each year of bloggers, social media mavens, Twitter masters, Cabot farmers and Cabot Fit Team staff members. Here’s a recap of the 2016 race.

Earlier this month members of the Cabot family and six bloggers from across the country joined together in Middlebury, Vermont as the 2016 CabotFit team ran the Middlebury Maple Run. While the weather may not have signaled a warm start to spring, the friendships forged and memories made were a wonderful way to celebrate the special commitment Cabot farm families have made in supporting health and wellness year round.

Meet the 2016 #CabotFit Team, some awesome women! Recap of their latest race in Middlebury VT Click To Tweet

The weekend’s activities started with Cabot Registered Dietitian Sara Wing connecting with team members Danielle, Roni and Jess in Burlington to enjoy a bite to eat and explore Vermont’s largest city. The group headed to the site of the race to survey the running route and then met up with the rest of the team, Katie, Anne, & Amanda, at the Swift House Inn for a dinner filled with lots of laughter and great energy building for a fun weekend.

On Saturday, breakfast began with a make-your-own Cabot parfait made with Cabot Greek yogurt, strawberries and the Inn’s own homemade granola. Anne and Sara went for an early morning run to see the sites and visit the Middlebury College campus, Otter Creek River and the waterfall that runs thru the middle of the town.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

Photo Credit: Anne Mauney

The remainder of the day included a short 30 minute scenic drive to the Kayhart Brothers Dairy LLC, where Cabot farmer Steve Kayhart spent time chatting with the team and telling them about the history of his farm and his own personal health journey, as well as answering questions from sustainability to milk quality.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

Then, as with every CabotFit team farm visit, the #BabyCowLove began.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

Following the farm tour, team members enjoyed an afternoon in Middlebury and later met up for dinner at American Flatbread for a taste of a special Cabot Cheddar pizza topped with apples, bacon and sharp cheddar.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

Photo Credit: Anne Mauney

On to Race Day!

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

As with every race, excitement was high, even if the weather didn’t seem as cheery. The team — made up of half-marathon runners and “1/4 marathon” relay runners — caravanned to the start were they were met by Steve from the Kayhart farm, 2 NY farmers and 10 Cabot employees.

The race started with Anne and Roni who were running the half-marathon, and Jess and Katie who would hand off to Amanda and Danielle at the 7 mile mark. As is typical of Vermont, there was lots of support from the community along the race route. Middlebury residents played music from their porches and cheered on the teams. After the 7 mile mark, the Middlebury Glee team was singing everyone onto victory.

It was a hilly but beautiful course with the last 4 miles (an out and back) allowing for all Cabot Fit team members (farmers, employees and bloggers) to cheer each other on as they passed one another on the scenic farm road towards the finish line.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

To top off the day and refuel from the race, team members got to enjoy a pancake breakfast complete with Cabot butter.

The day ended with a return to the Swift House for a cheese tasting that included a viewing of The Cabot Story, a discussion about Cabot cheese quality, and a wine, cider and beer tasting. Team members got to experience a cheese plate made up from both Cabot cheese and our farmers own individual farm cheeses.

Cabot Fit Team 2016 | Cabot Creamery

It was a weekend filled with good food, new friends, team achievements and personal successes. We here at Cabot thank each and every one of these ladies for the work they put into training for the weekend and making it a success. And we especially appreciate the work they do each day on their own blogs to support health and wellness with their fans. Cheers to a great weekend and here’s to next year!

To see what  the CabotFit team members shared about their experience on their blogs, please visit their posts below:

Katie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Katie Webster - Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Danielle from Food Confidence

Danielle Omar - Food Confidence

Amanda from The Wholesome Dish

Amanda Finks - The Wholesome Dish

Roni from Roni’s Weigh: Part 1Part 2

Roni - Roni's Weigh

Anne from fANNEtastic Food: Part 1Part 2

Anne Mauney - fANNEtastic Food

Jess from Dietitian Jess: Part 1Part 2

Jess Degore - Dietitian Jess

Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips who, because of injury, ran with the Cabot Fit team in spirit.

Brianne Izzo - Cupcakes & Kale Chips

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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.

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