The Andover Townsman
---- — Thoroughbred horses won’t be the only ones running on the day of the Kentucky Derby. Ironstone Farm in Andover is launching a new road race, the Ironstone Derby, on May 3, as a fundraiser for its nonprofit organization that helps children with special needs, combat veterans and others.
The Ironstone Derby will be a 5-mile run and 2-mile walk through Lowell, beginning and ending at LeLacheur Park, the home of the Lowell Spinners baseball team. People raising money for Ironstone will be able to enjoy a barbecue feast, play games and watch the Kentucky Derby on the giant centerfield video screen.
There will be a fun run inside the park for kids, with other children’s activities and games in the outfield.
The slogan for the Saturday, May 3 event is “Run for the Roses. Stay for the Party.”
Ironstone Farm has 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.
“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 Ironstone Farm Executive Director Deedee O’Brien.
People can run the race, come to the party or do both. Sign-ups are at https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2403/ironstone-derby or by clicking the “Register for the Ironstone Derby” button on the ironstonefarm.org website.
The 5-mile and 2-mile races cost $35. The kids race on the playing field is $15.
Participants who raise at least $100 will receive a wristband to enjoy a barbecue dinner in the stadium’s Gator Pit. Those who raise $100 will receive one wristband, $150 earns two wristbands, $200 gets three wristbands and those who raise $250 will receive four. Runners and walkers are encouraged to build teams of 10. Prizes will be awarded to teams showing the most team spirit and raising the most money for Ironstone.