The Raw Milk Cats Show Good Nutrition Makes a Difference
by Kimberly Hartke
A world class woman’s cycling team with an average age of 50 years old, has just completed a 6 day race across America. They set a Transamerica speed record with raw milk, as their fuel source. The Race Across America (RAAM), began in San Diego and ended in Annapolis.
The team captain is Dr. Kat Berge, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and VET. She is also a state certified epidemiologist and graduate of UC Davis. She worked on a project at OPDC seven years ago to study organic raw milk and calve raising antibiotic resistance, among others. She is also a founding director of the “Raw Milk Institute” that is going to be formally opened and announced later this summer.
The race is a 24 hour, round the clock relay race. One cyclist would pound it out, while the others rested and refueled on chocolate raw milk. Their chase van was covered in GET RAW MILK and Raw Milk information. Their jerseys were decorated with raw milk messages.
The Raw Milk Cats, a 4 woman relay team set a world record in the world’s toughest endurance event. They finished the race in 6 days, 11 hours and 34 minutes, averaging 19,22 mph (31 km/h) (they did it in the time it takes to drive across country in an automobile).
Raw Milk Cats teammates are four women, Isabelle Drake, Lori Cherry, Jeanine Spence and Catharina Berge, between 44 and 58 years of age, beat most male and mixed teams and set a new world record! They biked across the USA, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Says, Cat Berge about the experience, “Did we think we could set an overall US transcontinental cycling record at the start? No, even our age group record of 17.1 mph (27 km/h) seemed like a tough target. We biked day and night, at every minute of the race one of us four girls was hammering as hard as she could. Every time we took our pulls on the bike, we biked for our team mates, our crew, our supporters, and Organic Pastures.”
Organic Pastures, a dairy company which has fought for healthy natural food from healthy animals in natural environments, inspired Cat and her team to push faster and faster. Half way through the race, Cat’s husband Marc messaged her, ‘forget about the 50+ record, you are going for the overall record’!
Cat describes her effort, “When muscles were screaming and lungs were burning, I pushed on: one for all, all for one!”
In a letter she wrote after the race, Cat goes on to say, “Crossing the finish line, my crew chief plays the Swedish national anthem for me, and tears roll down my eyes, as I realize that I have given my team The Raw Milk Cats, my friends, my supporters and Organic Pastures a race of a lifetime and the message that ‘No goals are too high to aspire if they are in your heart’.”
Congratulations to the Raw Milk Cats! Hopefully, many other athletes will hear of your world record, and look more closely at raw milk to give them the nutritional edge.
Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit. The groups Campaign for Real Milk educates consumers about high quality raw dairy products that start with sound animal husbandry practices.