2011 Iron Butt Rally Registration

The 2011 Iron Butt Rally will take off in late June of 2011 from the West Coast. Once again, it will be a challenge not only to your riding skills but also your ability to map a successful route in order to maximize points and solve the time/distance equation. In no particular order, the checkpoints will be in the Southeast, the Northeast and finish back on the West Coast. Exact locations, dates and times will be announced at a later date. Please note: the rally will not start and finish from the same location

As in 2005, 2007 and 2009, there will be a minimum number of points required in order to qualify as a finisher. In other words, it is possible that you will ride for 11 days, not obtain enough points and NOT qualify as a finisher. Important: There will not be the opportunity to be a checkpoint-to-checkpoint rider. If this finds you shaking in your boots, remember the Iron Butt Rally is for the World's Toughest Riders.

Positions are extremely limited and not everyone who seeks to enter the rally will be able to find a spot. We wish we could accommodate more applicants, but unfortunately, we have limited facilities and staff to conduct the rally. The entry fee for the 2011 Iron Butt Rally will be $1,850 ($2150 two-up)(U.S.Funds) payable in two parts. If you are drawn for the rally (information on how to enter the drawing follows), to hold a position, the initial deposit of $800 will be due September 30, 2010 with the remaining $1050 ($1350 two-up) fee due January 15, 2011.

Please note new changes for the 2011 entry process:

ALL 2011 applications will be done on-line at:


In the past, there has never been an application fee for applying for the IBR, however, due to the cost of the high number of people that were drawn and offered spots and then did not take them, we have instituted a $100 application fee payable via PayPal payment engine at the ironbuttrecords web site. However, if you are NOT drawn, this $100 fee will be REFUNDED in full. If you are drawn and secure a place on the start line your, $100 will be applied to your entrance fee. If you decide NOT to accept the position, the application fee will NOT be refundable.

Important: All entries MUST be entered at www.ironbuttrecords.com no later than September 1, 2010. On or about September 10th, a drawing will be held for available positions from entries received before the deadline. Everyone, with the exception of several positions to be used at the Rallymasters' discretion (for example, interesting antique motorcycle attempts), will have to pass through the drawing.

To apply, you will have to create an account (unless you have already done so as part of another rally or purchase) at:


and then click on the link titled: 2011 IBR App

Your application is not complete until you have completed the process in Paypal.

Due to the high volume of applicants, it is not feasible to maintain a wait list. In the event that a position becomes available, we will again draw from the remaining entries. As long as you provide a current e-mail address and can accept email without blocking, everyone who applies will receive a letter notifying them that their entry was drawn or not.

If you are drawn for the rally, you have until September 30 to get the deposit to the Iron Butt Rally offices. After that date, you will forfeit your position. Please note: the $800 fee to reserve a position on the starting line is NOT refundable. Under no circumstance should you submit your fee if you are not certain that you will be able to ride. This policy has been in effect since 1988 when so many last-minute rider cancellations resulted in the cancellation of the rally itself.

If you are unfamiliar with the mechanics of the rally, you should immediately obtain a copy of Ron Ayres' book, Against the Wind (a very good account of Ron's Iron Butt experience), and visit the Iron Butt Association's web site at www.ironbuttrally.com and read the reports from the 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1995 rallies. You should also carefully study the rules at

IBR Draft Rules

You should also be aware that the rally will have many bonuses in Canada. Due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, exit and entry from the United States has become a hassle for some people. While we will attempt to place bonuses near smaller border crossings (which may not get you across any easier, it should cut down wait times), there is no guarantee that you will be able to cross the border without incident. Such is the risk of attempting a bonus that takes you across an international border.

There will be no bonuses located in Mexico and while we will attempt to ensure there is no short-cut across Mexico, it may be remotely possible for some odd combination of bonuses to utilize a route across northern Mexico.

You should also be aware that while the primary goal of the rally is to reach the checkpoints and arrive on time, collecting some bonus points may require an extraordinary effort and bravery. Earning bonus points can require long hikes (for example, a one-mile steep uphill hike to an ice cave) or participation in other extreme activities (in 1999 bonus points could be earned by riding an open air roller coaster located on top of and on the outside of a 100 story tall building and in 2005 some riders had to wade across a waist deep Pacific Ocean inlet to reach a bonus at a lighthouse).

If all this talk about drawings, rules and regulations sound like we are not a fun group, I assure you the Iron Butt is about friendship, loyalty, trust and most of all, having a great time. The rules and guidelines we have developed over the years are to keep the playing field level and to keep the event fun. Some of the best memories of my life have been because of the Iron Butt Rally and I assure you that you will ride away from the rally a changed person with new life-long friends and some of the most treasured memories of your life!

If you need additional information on the Iron Butt Rally do not hesitate to e-mail me at rallymaster@ironbutt.com

Lisa Landry

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