Derby FAQ

What time does the Ironstone Derby start?
Our May 6, 2017 event starts at 4 p.m. at our nonprofit Andover horse farm, Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St. (Route 133 between I-93 and 495), Andover, MA 01810.
There will be parking at a large lot down the street from us, with shuttle buses, so allow additional time for this.

Can I register on May 6, 2017, race day?
Yes, there will be walk-in registration, but people are encouraged to register ahead of time to avoid lines, and to have the ability to pick up shirts, bibs and any food or souvenir glasses, stick horses, etc.

Online registration will close on the Friday before the event.

Is there parking?
There will be free parking at a large parking lot on Route 133, a short distance from Ironstone Farm. Shuttle buses will run throughout to take people back and forth from the lot.

I’ve registered in advance. Where and when do I pick up my bib and T-shirt?
People will be able to pick up bib numbers and shirts on a specific day at Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St., Andover, MA. The farm is on Route 133 in Andover, between Interstates 93 and 495. The day(s) and time(s) will be finalized closer to the event.

Come on by and get a look at our beautiful farm!

Where does the route go?


Not running, but coming to the party?
There will be a lot to do! Free games, a free exhibition by our horse-and-rider drill team, a free chance for kids to see our horses, an optional $20 barbecue by Texas Roadhouse, mint juleps and beer for purchase and more. End the experience by watching and cheering with the crowd as the Kentucky Derby is shown live on our big screens.

Will the event be canceled if it rains?
No! The Ironstone Derby will take place rain or shine. While the race is indoors, we have a large indoor arena for the party.

How do I join the all-you-can-eat barbecue?
Purchase tickets online at, or call us at 978-475-4056, or come by the farm. You do not have to run or walk in the race to come to the barbecue, but we encourage you to do both the race and party. Finish 3.1 miles and then enjoy the food and fun!

Please know the barbecue sold out last year! It is highly unlikely you will be able to buy a barbecue wristband the day of the event. [There will be race registration the day of the event.]

How do I form a team?
When you sign up online at, select that you want to be a team captain. The button is “Team Captain – Create Team”. Captains who create a team of at least 10 will receive 2 classic Ironstone Derby pint glasses.

Team prizes will be given for:

  • largest team,
  • the team with the most Kentucky Derby spirit.

How does my team show “team spirit”?
You can’t go wrong with a Derby hat! We encourage all race participants to make headbands or hats to wear during the race to show your team’s spirit. Get creative! There will be a prize for the Team with the Most Derby Spirit.

Is there a way to see who has registered for a tea?

Team information is available online at, on the left hand side of the home page. You can click on a team name to see the people who have signed up to run or walk the Ironstone Derbyb 5K as part of that team.

I’ve never run a road race before, can I still participate?
If running is not your forte, sign up as a walker! Many people come just for the barbecue and party. Kids 10 and under do have a fun stick-horse derby, divided into races for different age groups. Bring the whole family along!

Can I bring a stroller or wheelchair?
There will be handicapped parking at Ironstone Farm for people in wheelchairs.
People are encouraged to bring umbrella strollers, because large strollers may not fit on the shuttle buses taking people from the lot down Route 133.

Are pets allowed?
We kindly ask that people do not bring pets. We want our horses to have a great day, too, so we must ask that people not bring unfamiliar animals (pets) to their home.

Are there individual awards?
Yes. The top 3 finishers in each category — men, women, teens (13 to 17) and kids (12 or younger) — will receive awards.

What is the Stick Horse Derby?
Kids may enter a fun stick-horse race, running with their own stick horse.

In addition, kids may build their own stick horses with us during a special day this spring, bring their own stick horses, buy stick horses at the event.

There will be a small number of stick horses available for kids to borrow when they race. These horses may be available for sale after the races, depending on demand.

What is the Ironstone Derby Party?

The party takes place after the race starts and includes Kentucky Derby-themed games, the barbecue (with either the $20 Texas Roadhouse meal or a $5 hot dog meal for kids), a best hat contest, a horse-and-rider exhibition and other entertainment before we watch the Kentucky Derby live on large screens. There will be beverages — including mint juleps and beer.

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