The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world. If you plan on attending Nashville’s 76th Iroquois Steeplechase on May 13, 2017 at Percy Warner Park, you’re in for a real treat! A perfect outing for the whole family, this annual horse race is a great way to enjoy a long standing southern tradition that benefits the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Before you start planning for your first Steeplechase excursion, consider the tips below.

Dress To Impress

From head to toe, the Iroquois Steeplechase is all about dressing to impress. Most men and women start prepping their outfit months in advance, sporting bright colors and large floppy hats. For ladies, if you have the option, try to avoid sporting heels in your southern attire. There’s nothing worse than sinking into the grass with every step you take, so consider sporting wedges or sandals. After a few hours at the event, you’re feet will thank you!

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget about hydrating when you’re watching a horse race, however it’s critical to drink water throughout the day to ensure you don’t get dehydrated. The Nashville sun shows no mercy, especially in the early Spring, so make sure you’re getting sips of water in between the alcoholic beverages available.

If you’re nervous about staying hydrated during the Iroquois Steeplechase, consider stopping by Vida-Flo in Nashville before the event for one of our IV hydration treatments. We offer a variety of hydration packages to meet your specific needs, whether you’re looking to boost your immunity the day before the race or after. If you wake up with a treacherous hangover after Steeplechase, we offer IV treatments specifically designed to cure hangovers as well. Book an appointment with our IV hydration experts today!

Bring Cash For Food Trucks

If you don’t plan to bring your own tailgating fare to the Iroquois Steeplechase, there will be a plethora of mobile food trucks onsite to indulge in. Make sure to bring cash for the food trucks, as some vendors may not have the ability to run credit cards remotely. If you do plan on bringing food to enjoy throughout the day, make sure you don’t pack anything in a glass container, as glass items are not allowed at the event.

Arrive Early & Go With The Flow

While attending Steeplechase is an event in and of itself, it can be a little hectic with more than 25,000 people walking around. In order to make your Steeplechase experience a stress free one, make sure to arrive at Percy Warner Park early, as parking can be overwhelming. If you don’t have a tailgating pass, you will have to park in the general parking area to take a bus to the entrance.

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