IRONSTONE DERBY ROAD RACE & PARTY WAS MAY 3, DAY OF KENTUCKY DERBY
And they’re off… Ironstone Farm on May 3, 2014 launched its first Ironstone Derby.
The Ironstone Derby is now an annual road race and Kentucky Derby party on the day of the Kentucky Derby horse race. The slogan? Run for the Roses, Stay for the Party!
This year people could choose a 5-mile run or a 2-mile walk through Lowell, beginning and ending at LeLacheur Park, the home of the Lowell Spinners baseball team, a Single A Red Sox affiliate. After the races, people enjoyed an all-you-can eat barbecue feast, or concession food. Kids had their faces painted and made and raced their own stick horses. Then, everyone was able to watch the Kentucky Derby on the new Jumbotron.
The race and walk were organized by Dave McGillivray and his company, director of the Boston Marathon. “You’ll be the only people to be able to say, in 20 years, you did it each and every year,” McGillivray said to the crowd before the inaugural race.
The second Ironstone Derby will be May 2, 2015 – the day of the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Mark your calendars!
[caption id="attachment_1966" align="alignright" width="218"] Female winner Leanne Terry ran the Ironstone Derby on her first anniversary to Jeff Tensfeldt. “It’s a great charity. We really like the whole idea of Ironstone Farm and what they do,” she said. “It’s our anniverary and I thought, What a great way to celebrate.”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1965" align="alignleft" width="214"] When Jeff Doroh arrived at the first Ironstone Derby, he already had won an early-morning race that day. Call it a tune-up.
“Two for two today,” he said with a smile after winning the Ironstone Derby. “That was a lot easier than the earlier one. I was awake!”[/caption]