Ironstone Derby Road Race

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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!


[caption id="attachment_2064" align="alignright" width="300"]Ironstone's big spring event is a race and party on the day of the Kentucky Derby! Launched in 2014, the Ironstone Derby came to Ironstone Farm itself last year, 2016. More than 500 people enjoyed the race and party. Ironstone’s big spring event is a race and party on the day of the Kentucky Derby! The Ironstone Derby was launched in 2014.[/caption]

When – Saturday, May 6, 2017

Tentative schedule for the day

  • Farm and free games open at 3 p.m.
  • Kid’s Stick-Horse Race at 4 p.m.
  • 5K Race/Walk at 4:30 p.m.
  • Kentucky Derby party after the race
  • Barbecue with ribs and chicken, plus sides, by Texas Roadhouse
  • Beer, mint juleps from Lenzi’s
  • Horse exhibition at 5:30 p.m.
  • Kentucky Derby live on screen at 6:25 p.m.

Where – Ironstone Farm, 450 Lowell St. (Route 133), Andover, MA 01810



5K race or walk – $30 (price will increase to $35 on race day)
5K race/walk for 12 and younger – $20
Kids stick-horse race– $10

Adult barbecue (ribs, barbecue chicken, rice, corn, more) – $20 (through April 26, then increasing to $25)
Kids hotdog meal with sides – $5
2017 souvenir pint glasses – $7 or two glasses for $12

DO-IT-ALL SPECIAL – One adult 5K entry, one barbecue meal ticket, one 2017 pint glass – $55


Who doesn’t want to spend Kentucky Derby day at a beautiful horse farm?
Run for the Roses, Stay for the Party!



Ironstone Farm was very fortunate to have a number of great sponsors for its 2016 event, the first at the farm itself. To see the complete list click here.


Prizes will be awarded to the members of the largest team. There is also a prize for best hat (one man, one woman).

Individual prizes will be awarded to top three race finishers in each category: (women, men, female teens (13-17), male teens (13-17), boys 12 and under, girls 12 and under).



Runners complete the 5-kilometer race along Route 133 and Andover roads behind Ironstone Farm, with friends and family cheering at the start and finish line. Then everyone can stay for the party and live showing of the Kentucky Derby on screen.
Last year, the WROR Street Team was on hand to entertain at the event. The Ironstone Farm horse-and-rider drill team performed, and there were games and prizes for all ages. A similar experience is expected, with planning underway.

There are free tech shirts guaranteed for those who register by Friday, April 15; free T-shirts for kids who sign up for the stick-horse races, games and prizes for everyone, and the option for post-race food. Eat, play games, watch our horse-and-rider drill team perform, pick a favorite race horse and watch the Kentucky Derby live on a projected screen in our indoor arena after the race!

The race benefits the nonprofit work of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, which serves children with special needs, combat veterans, people diagnosed with cancer, adults with special needs, teens at risk, elders with memory issues and others.


[caption id="attachment_4144" align="alignright" width="300"]Three runners from the stick-horse race in 2014. Three runners from the stick-horse race in 2014.[/caption]


Designed for children 10 and younger

Children 10 and younger can do a shorter stick-horse race in our white riding ring.

Children are welcome to bring their own stick horse or make their own stick horse ahead of time, including at special Ironstone events. There will also be a small number of stick horses available to buy or borrow on race day.

After the stick-horse and 5K races, people can stay and enjoy the party. There will be games, face-painting for kids, as well as plenty of entertainment for adults, too. Our horse-and-rider drill team will perform.

Would you like your preschool or other youth group to get involved? Email



Interested in participating in the event but aren’t a 5K runner? Consider donating your time to help out with small tasks such as handing out water, directing runners or leading games.


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