NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Iroquois Steeplechase, benefiting The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will be rescheduled until June 27. The 79th annual event sponsored by Bank of America will continue to be held at Percy Warner Park.
The highest priority of The Iroquois Steeplechase, a 501(c)3 organization, is the safety of the patrons and participants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that no gathering of 50 or more take place within the next eight weeks, so the Iroquois Steeplechase officials determined to postpone the race from May 9 to June 27.
“We are proud to keep the tradition of the Iroquois Steeplechase in the Nashville community during these unprecedented times,” said Dwight Hall, Chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. “Our race meet benefits charities that impact our community, so it is our obligation to see to it that we continue Nashville’s grand tradition.”
The 2020 Iroquois Steeplechase will continue the tradition of donating to charitable organizations across Middle Tennessee and The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will remain the primary beneficiary of the event. Throughout the past 38 years, the Iroquois Steeplechase has donated more than $10 million to the hospital through the annual meet.
About The Iroquois Steeplechase
The Iroquois Steeplechase is an iconic sporting event that has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941. Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, the annual event attracts more than 25,000 spectators and is Music City's celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and southern fashions. The event also supports several philanthropic causes and has donated more than $10 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since 1981. To learn more about Steeplechase, visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
About The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals, treating and helping to prevent a full range of pediatric health issues from colds and broken bones to complex heart diseases and cancer. The Department of Pediatrics within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the total receipt of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Children’s Hospital’s physicians are nationally recognized innovators in their fields who are discovering new ways to cure and prevent a host of childhood diseases. Their work is preventing and finding new treatments for diseases such as premature birth, cancer, heart disease, spina bifida, trauma and many other conditions, and is an investment in the future. Achieving 10 out of 10 nationally ranked pediatric specialties in 2018, Children’s Hospital was again named among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for the 12th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is currently adding four new floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital's mission. To learn more, visit https://www.childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org.