Join Me at the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party

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You can celebrate the Kentucky Derby this May at an Andover horse farm, and all the fun will support a great charity. Join The Running Griffin at the Ironstone Derby 5K!

Ironstone Farm in Andover will host the “Ironstone Derby,” an afternoon 5-kilometer charity race-and-walk and barbecue followed by a Kentucky Derby party– all on the day of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 7. The party includes a barbecue with ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork, hotdogs for kids and more. It benefits the nonprofit work at Ironstone Farm that helps children with special needs, veterans 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 a barbecue and after-party, all at Ironstone Farm horse farm on Route 133 in Andover, Mass. Some people come just for the party! Eat, play games, win prizes, 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! Lenzi’s of Dracut is expected to serve beer and a Kentucky bourbon drink. A live band and deejay will keep the party going, along with a magician and face painter for kids.

Race day is Saturday, May 7, and the race motto is “Run for the Roses – Stay for the Party!”

The Ironstone Derby 5K is a USATF-certified race. Runners and walkers who sign up by April 15 are guaranteed to 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 are $25 for adults and $20 for youth 12 and younger. The cost is $10 for the kids stick-horse run. The adult 5K price will increase by $5 on April 19. Register at Online registration will end Friday, May 6 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, including Burtons Grill gift certificates and roses will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. The top 12-and-younger 5K runners also will receive a prize.

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

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