Iroquois Steeplechase 2020 race canceled due to COVID-19

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 13:09:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The 79 Iroquois Steeplechase race in 2020 has been canceled amid the current public health crisis.

Organizers will instead plan a citywide safer-at-home celebration to honor the Nashville tradition.

The event was first scheduled for May 9 and later rescheduled for June 27 after the outbreak began in Tennessee.

"The highest priority of The Iroquois Steeplechase, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is the safety of the patrons and participants," said Chairman Dwight Hall. "It has been determined by rules and regulations from our city officials and health department that social distancing will still be in place on our scheduled date of June 27. The magic of the Steeplechase is the camaraderie among friends from boxes packed with 10 to 12 people to tailgaters hosting large group parties in the infield.”

Organizers say details on the celebration will be announced soon.

Iroquois Steeplechase will continue to donate to organizations in Middle Tennessee, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Ticket holders can find more information on the Iroquois Steeplechase website in the coming days.


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