Ironstone Derby 5K, barbecue
and Kentucky Derby Party 2017

People looking for a fun way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this May can join a race and party at an Andover horse farm.

Ironstone Farm in Andover will host the “Ironstone Derby,” an afternoon 5-kilometer charity race-and-walk followed by a Kentucky Derby party– all on the day of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 6. The party includes a barbecue with ribs, barbecue chicken,  hotdogs for kids and more. It benefits the nonprofit work at Ironstone Farm that helps children with special needs and others.

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The day starts with a stick-horse race for kids at 4 p.m., followed by the 5K race and walk at 4:30 p.m. and then an after-party, all at Ironstone Farm on Route 133 in Andover, MA.  Run or walk the race, then enjoy the Kentucky Derby party on the horse farm. Some people come just for the party! Eat, play games, see our horse-and-rider drill team perform, pick a favorite horse and watch the Kentucky Derby live on a big screen after the race!

Race day is Saturday, May 6, and the race motto is "Run for the Roses - Stay for the Party!"

The Ironstone Derby 5K is a USATF-certified race. The first 500 runners and walkers who sign up will receive a free short-sleeve tech shirt. Children 10 and under who run the stick-horse races will receive a free T-shirt. There are fun games and prizes for everyone after the road race.

Entry fees for the 5K:

  • $30 for adults
  • $20 for youth 12 and younger. 
  • The cost is $10 for the kids stick-horse run.

Register at Online registration will end Friday, May 5 at 11 a.m. There will be race-day registration on Saturday. Team registration is encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest team and the team that is most creatively dressed for the Ironstone Derby -- think derby hats! 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 younger) and girls (12 and younger).   There will also be an award for best derby hat.

The race benefits the nonprofit work of Challenge Unlimited 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. Learn more at


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