Heading to Steeplechase? Here's What You Need To Know!

 

It's that time of year again - the 76th Iroquois Steeplechase is next Saturday, May 13! For those of you have been before, you know that Steeplechase is Nashville's rite of spring. Lucky for us in Franklin, Steeplechase is just a short drive away (22 minutes to be exact)! In the past 7 decades, Steeplechase has captivated thousands of folks from near and far with its traditions and pageantry. 

Now I may have only been going to Steeplechase for five years, but I know a thing or two that will make your experience enjoyable and unforgettable! From toilet paper (I'm not kidding!) to sunscreen, here are my life hacks to Iroquois Steeplechase.

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Hydrate. Hydrate. Oh, and did I mention Hydrate? 

It’s is also well known that people will enjoy a cocktail or 5 during the day at Steeplechase.  Mixing booze and the all day sun can be a dangerous combo, so make sure to hydrate.  You’ll never know when those Jello-O shots will creep up on you.


Iroquois Steeplechase is a rite of spring for Nashvillians. The race takes place at Percy Warner Park, just 20 minutes from Franklin, Tennessee

Make new friends (with your neighbors), but keep the old

You’re going to be spending all day with the folks in the spaces next to you.  The last thing you want to do is have weird cranky people next to you, so be kind and introduce yourself to them.  Plus, it’s so much fun to meet the people next to you! If you keep coming back year after year to your same spot, you may even form a friendship that will last for Steeplechases to come!


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Bring rainboots and a change of shoes to Iroquois Steeplechase for the best experience possible

Rain Boots are Essential

Without fail, Middle Tennessee tends to be a tad wet or muddy in early May. That being said, a pair of rainboots is essential for Steeplechase. I always wear my Hunter Wellies and bring a change of flats. Some years I’ve kept my boots on all day. Maybe I'm biased, but there's something incredibly cute about rainboots and a dress, don't you think?


Iroquois Steeplechase is a rite of spring for Nashvillians. The race takes place at Percy Warner Park, just 20 minutes from Franklin, Tennessee

Pick up your trash (I mean it)! 

The kind folks who run Steeplechase provide you with a garbage bag, so please, at the end of the day fill it up! Pick up your trash, your neighbors trash, and then double check to make sure you got all your trash. It’s such a sad sight to see trash on the field. It’s not that hard, so let’s be kind to our lovely racing space and pick up after ourselves.


Iroquois Steeplechase is a rite of spring for Nashvillians. The race takes place at Percy Warner Park, just 20 minutes from Franklin, Tennessee

BYOTP (Toilet Paper, that is!)

In our five years at Steeplechase, we’ve been lucky to always be in the Topside area of the race, so we've had some fairly nice restrooms. Being an all day event, you’ll have to, well, go several times. It’s a well known fact that ladies do no enjoy the Port-o-John, but sometimes you have no choice. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the toilet paper goes fast and you don’t want to be going to the restroom at 3pm without any, so I always bring a few extra rolls (for our friends too).


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Most importantly...

Just make sure that you enjoy the day, be respectful of others and wear sunscreen! If you see me out and about at Steeplechase, be sure to say hello!

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