People can raise money for Ironstone Farm’s programs by running road races.
Interested in joining Team Ironstone and running a race for us? Contact Carolyn Burt at 978-475-4056, or email Neil Fater at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ironstone Farm is once again a beneficiary of the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in 2016, thanks to the generosity of the Merrimack Valley Striders.
The holiday tradition draws about 10,000 runners and walkers to Andover each Thanksgiving morning. People can walk or run the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or 5-mile event. There are also kids races on the Shawsheen track near the starting line.
Some proceeds from the race benefit local nonprofit organizations, including Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm.
You can raise more for Ironstone Farm yourself, by donating or running for team “Ironstone Farm” and collecting pledges.
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Choose “Ironstone Farm” as your team and half of registration fee comes to usREGISTER NOW
Dave McGillivray and his company DMSE — co-creator of our Ironstone Derby 5K and race director of the Boston Marathon — has created a new local race event, the “Runner’s World Classic powered by DSME Sports.”
It’s a race where half of the registration money can come to a charity — IF PEOPLE JOIN THAT CHARITY’S TEAM WHEN THEY SIGN UP. So please, run one (or more) of the great races that are part of this event, and join the “Ironstone Farm” team!
(After you fill in T-shirt size information there’s a “Team Information” question. Select that yes, you want to join a team, and then select “Ironstone Farm” from the list.)
Remember, you must join the team “Ironstone Farm” when you register to support us! Then half of the registration fee will come to our nonprofit programs for children with special needs, veterans and others.
Want more info about the RWC? It has kids races, a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon, plus the opportunity of taking on the challenge of the Hat Trick (run the 5K,10K and a half-marathon) and the Five & Dime (run the 5K and 10K). There are also seminars, a pasta dinner and more. Click schedule below to learn more.COMPLETE SCHEDULE JULY 15-17
Ready to register?REGISTER NOW
Run for the Troops
The Run for the Troops in Andover is the first Sunday in April each year. The race supports Ironstone Farm’s veterans experience, which is free to veterans.
Thanks to all who attended the dinner April 1 and ran the snowy race on April 3, 2016.
BOSTON MARATHON RUNNERS
Ironstone Farm appreciates people running the Boston Marathon on our behalf. In the last two years a total of nine people have run the marathon on our behalf, together raising about $60,000 for our nonprofit programs.
If you are running the 2016 Boston Marathon and would like to raise money for Ironstone Farm’s programs, please contact us at 978-475-4056.
In 2015, an ultramarathoner and a school teacher who had never run a marathon before became the latest to run the Boston Marathon for our nonprofit.
These amazing new friends, Jason Abernathy and Jacki McLaughlin, each completed the race and together raised more than $20,000 for Ironstone.READ ABOUT OUR 2015 RUNNERS HERE
Seven runners took on the historic 2014 Boston Marathon to raise significant money for Ironstone Farm.
The runners raised nearly $40,000 to help Ironstone Farm programs.
The six people who pledged to raise at least $4,500 while running one of America’s iconic events were:
If you are running the 2017 Boston Marathon and would like to raise money for Ironstone Farm’s programs, please contact us at 978-475-4056.
IRONSTONE DERBY IS SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
Run for the Roses — Stay for the Party!
Thoroughbred horses aren’t the only ones who run on the day of the Kentucky Derby.
The Ironstone Derby is an afternoon 5K, USATF-certified race followed by a Kentucky Derby party – all on the day of the Kentucky Derby and barbecue. Sleep in, and then come to the afternoon race/walk, kids stick-horse race and after-party at Ironstone Farm!
When – Saturday, May 6, 2017
- Kid’s Stick-Horse Race at 4 p.m.
- 5K Race/Walk at 4:30 p.m.
- Kentucky Derby party after the race
- Barbecue by Texas Roadhouse
- Beer, mint juleps expected from Lenzi’s
- Kentucky Derby live on screen
Where – Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St. (Route 133), Andover, MA 01810
Who doesn’t want to spend Kentucky Derby day at a beautiful horse farm?
Learn more about 2016 Ironstone Derby
Run for the Roses, Stay for the Party!
IRONSTONE DERBY CREATION
Thoroughbred horses aren’t the only ones who run on the day of the Kentucky Derby. In 2014, Ironstone Farm in Andover launched the Ironstone Derby, a road race and Kentucky Derby party that is also a fundraiser for its nonprofit organization that helps children with special needs, veterans with post-traumatic stress and others.
The slogan for the event is “Run for the Roses. Stay for the Party.” People can run the race, come to the party or do both.
There is also a fun run for kids, with other children’s activities. Youth make in advance, purchase or borrow stick horses and race them.
To create the event, Ironstone Farm partnered with Dave McGillivray’s company DMSE, which also directs the Boston Marathon and, locally, events such as the Feaster Five Road Race in Andover.
“Every time I visit Ironstone Farm, I continue to be touched and in awe of the work they do and the results they generate. Just to see the smiles on the faces of these children receiving therapy on these beautiful horses is priceless. You can’t help but want to be part of this special environment,” says McGillivray. “The Ironstone Derby gives everyone an opportunity to support the wonderful work being done at the Farm while having a lot of fun by being involved in this unique and exciting road racing experience.”[caption id="attachment_1963" align="alignright" width="300"] Leanne Terry, the first woman to cross the finish line at the inaugural Ironstone Derby, receives her roses and awards from Deedee O’Brien, Ironstone Farm executive director.[/caption]
The first two Ironstone Derby events were at the Lowell Spinners stadium, where people enjoyed a great barbecue after the race, and watched the Kentucky Derby live on the Jumbotron.
“The ‘Run for the Roses – Stay for the Party’ event is a really important fundraiser for Ironstone Farm. We hope that it will bring new people into our ‘family’ – and we are so grateful to the Lowell Spinners and DMSE Sports for all their help to make it possible!” says Executive Director Deedee O’Brien.