Cheff Center: Augusta MI



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About The Run

JUNE 7th, 2015

Saddle (er... lace) up for a rootin' tootin' good time with the Cowboy Trail Run!  Participants will be hoofin' it over approximately 5k, 10k (new!), or 1k of genuine-bonified horse trails packed with natural obstacles to test their grit.

All finishers will be certified "Cowboy Tuff" and be welcomed back to an after party packed with a Texas style breakfast, a Hudsonville Ice Cream Bar, prizes, and live-on-site 102.5 country radio broadcast!

Fun is expected, dirt is inevitable, and costumes are encouraged. We can't wait to see you at the ranch!


Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
8450 N. 43rd St., Augusta, MI 

9:00 a.m. - 10K Start, 9:15- 5K Start 10:15 Fun Run

The History: 

The Cowboy Trail Run was created in 2012 in an effort to better utilize Cheff Center's beautiful trail system as well as raise funding and awareness for two wonderful causes: The Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of greater Kalamazoo.  Since then, the event has grown and changed according to participant suggestions and the oppinions of area experts, blossoming into an event we are extremely proud to host.  For 2015, we've even expanded to include a wonderful 1 loop 10k course!

For a closer look at all the fun we've had, please visit our facebook page at

What Makes This Event So Special?

First and foremost, the terrain.  The Cowboy Trail Run is one of our areas only events taking place almost entirely off road.  We're not going to lie, surviving the challenging course can be something to brag about!  Regardless of fitness level, participants have a great time soaking in the scenery and the unique atmosphere- which makes number two on the list.  The atmosphere at this run is extrememly unique.  You can't get a whole lot more country than this!  From the horse trails, to the real live horses, and country/rock music, we're pretty good at horsin' around.  The event is extremely family friendly with a fun run, playground, ice cream bar, and plenty to do- EVERYONE can have a great time. 

Last, but not least, the cause. 

Cheff is an AMAZING organazation that changes lives on a daily basis.   Cheff is not supported by the government and relies heavily on donations and fund raising efforts to keep its doors open. Every penny raised makes an impact RIGHT HERE in our community helping those with special needs.

The Courses: 

5k(ish) Course:  About 3.3 miles of rugged horse trails including rolling hills and varied terrain (it can get muddy depending on the weather!)

Mile(ish) Course: between .75 and 1 mile course taking place in our pastures and encompasing some gentle rolling hills.

The Rewards:

Cowboy Trail Run/Walk 5K and 10K: Everyone will go home with something, but the first finisher in every category will go home with something EXTRA special.

5K/10K CATEGORIES: Men and Women's Divisions 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over

The Cost:

Cowboy Trail Run/Walk ±5K: $30

Cowboy Trail Run ±10K: $35

Mile Fun Run: $10

Event Shirts:

Event Shirts (Tech Shirts) available for $5 extra.  These shirts are the NEW tech style (Jerzees Sport)... 100% polyester (wicking) but fit and wear like a super light regular t-shirt... not quite as clingy as regular tech shirts.

To be guaranteed your size shirt, you must register by May 16th

Running in Spirit: $25—can't attend but want to support the cause and get a shirt mailed to you? Here's your chance!

LATE REGISTRATION (after May 30th 5PM):

Cowboy Trail Run/Walk ±5K: $35

Cowboy Trail Run ±10K: $40

Fun Run: $15


Previous Year's Results:

ALL proceeds go directly to the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center!

The mission of the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center is To improve the emotional and physical well-being of special needs individuals through the therapeutic use of horses, and to serve as an international training and education center for therapeutic riding programs.  We encourage everyone to take a look around this site to learn more.  Also- be sure to wander around and ask some questions at the event!

Cheff News

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet Natalie

Everyone who comes to Cheff has a unique experience that oftentimes has far reaching effects.  Today, we'd like to highlight Natalie. 

Natalie is currently our youngest client at the Cheff Center- begining her journey at only 14 months.  Click the link below to read her mom's thoughts on the experience. 

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Birthday Blessings

Since 2005, volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Keelan Pew, has donated her birthday to the Cheff (Ride-a-Thon) - to the tune of nearly $15,000 ($2,475 in 2016 alone!)
Each year, Kathy requests that if her friends and family wish to do something for her in honor of her birthday, that they support her in our Ride-A-Thon.

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What People Are Saying

The Cheff Center means a great deal to our Danny and to us, his parents. It's not only therapy for Danny, it's a place we can come where we're treated with respect and dignity -- like you're one of the family so to speak. There is no place else on earth that we have found outside of our own home we feel more comfortable and welcomed. The Cheff Center staff, and I mean ALL the staff, take the time and effort to understand what it takes to give each student and family the best service they can provide.
- Cheff Parent

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