Iron Butt Association - Big As Texas Party and Ride
revised: June 6, 2019
IBA BIG-AS-TEXAS PARTY
Denison, Texas 2019
The Iron Butt
Association will once again be holding its annual event and rides
centered around the Memorial 1000 season held each Fall. The rides and
party will be held on September 26-29, 2019, which is also the final
weekend available for completing a Memorial Ride in 2019.
The year's event will be different than in previous years.
--Our event will be several weeks earlier. This should assure
us of better weather.
--Our event will be in Denison, Texas, about 50 miles north of Allen
where we have held the event in the past. This venue is newer
promises to be a great new home for this event.
--A new rally, the Senior Butt Rally, will start on Sunday, September
22, and end on Friday, September 27. The finishers
join us at the Saturday night banquet. More about the SBR
We have a
limited number of rooms blocked at the hotel for those attending the
party, at $89 per night single/$99 per night double including
breakfast. The hotel does NOT charge for parking or Internet usage.
Once your registration is complete, we will forward you the link to
obtain the negotiated room rate available only to attendees. To receive
the reduced rate, you must make your reservation through the provided
link – NOT through the corporate number or website – so please wait to
receive the link if you want to be sure to get a reserved room.
The BIG-AS-TEXAS PARTY will continue
tradition of hosting
a unique SaddleSore ride for attendees wishing to complete a themed
1,000 mile day, as well as a more challenging 1,500 miles ride
(BBG). Ridemaster Danny Dossman has created these two intense
challenges around Texas.
For those coming to ‘kick tires’ with
fellow IBAers, there
will be ample time on Friday to do just that. While the SaddleSore
and Bun Burner Gold riders are out on Friday
will be a no-host dinner (that means you pay your own way) at a medium
price/nice restaurant near the hotel. We will be scouting out these
'new' restaurants in the Denison and Sherman area.
Festivities include an award ceremony
Saturday at 4 PM
where IBA President Michael Kneebone will present certificates to those
riders who completed any of the rides detailed below, and to those
riders doing certificate rides into Denison for the event. Following
this ceremony, at 6 PM we will have a good old fashioned BIG-AS-TEXAS
Style Dinner. Mike Kneebone will present awards for the finishers of
the Senior Butt Rally. A cash bar will also be available for
those who enjoy an
ice cold beverage with your meal. We will have a short
presentation--you won't want to miss this--after dinner, however the
goal of the three day party is to get a chance to meet fellow
long-distance riders, share stories of your Memorial Rides, and do some
tire kicking as well!
NOTE: IN ORDER TO PARTIPATE IN EITHER
YOU MUST ALSO BE SIGNED UP
FOR THE BIG AS TEXAS PARTY. HOWEVER, YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR THE PARTY ONLY
WITHOUT SIGNING UP FOR EITHER RIDE. SEE REGISTRATION DETAILS BELOW.
Senior Butt Rally--SBR
The SBR is a 6 days IBR-type rally for
teams. Each team will be composed of two riders, who must be
present at checkpoints at the same time. Both riders must
the same route. If one riders DNFs, then the team DNFs.
One rider must be an IBR finisher, and
years old or older. The other rider can be anyone brave
try to keep up with their IBR finisher partner.
BAT SaddleSore 1,000 Route - 1,000
plus miles in 24 hours
Routes and Requirements
These preplanned routes take you to several notable attractions
throughout the state. Just take a picture of the
attraction with your rally flag
photo. IBA staff will be at the hotel 'scoring table' on Saturday
morning to review and discuss your pictures with you. Of
have to be back at the Denison, Texas check
point within the allotted 24 hours.
To document your ride, commemorative
Texas Rally Flags are
issued at sign in. If you have never used a Rally flag, please visit:
route will be provided in multiple popular formats as well as written
GPS co-ordinates and street addresses (where available) no later than
72 hours prior to the 6am Friday September 27th start of the ride so
will have time to set-up your GPS. While the route is fairly simple,
using a GPS will simplify following the route and finding the required
check in locations. The riders meeting on the morning of the ride
should be brief.
Note: These rides are open to IBA BIG-AS-TEXAS PARTY participants only.
In addition to being a fun option for current IBA members, it's a great
opportunity for potential IBA members to earn their first certificate,
personally presented to you by IBA President Michael Kneebone at a
special presentation at 4:00 pm Saturday and then join us for the
festivities at our annual dinner.
In addition, there will be awards
presented at the dinner for Memorial Ride participants who have reached
the 5,000 and 10,000 mile participation levels, as well as recognition
of the rider currently holding the most Memorial Ride miles; and for
the finishers of the First Senior Butt Rally. Trust me,
you do NOT want to miss out on this great event!
IBA staff will be at the hotel when
Last year's event was a sellout, and this year, the Saturday night
BIG-AS-TEXAS PARTY and the BAT Rally and BAT Rally SaddleSore 1000
space is limited (remember--it's a smaller hotel) and will likely sell
out. We pay for the use of the
facilities, so even if you do not want to eat, everyone must pay to
enter. Everyone who wishes to attend must register BEFORE September 1,
2019. We expect a large turnout, so to avoid disappointment, we suggest
you register as soon as possible. Only Iron Butt Association (IBA)
members, their guests or those registering for the SaddleSore 1000 or a
may attend the party. Space is limited and once we are out of room,
well, we are out of room....
To reserve your entry to the party you
have to register on-line
and pay via PayPal, $59.19 US per person. Please do NOT send cash or
checks to the IBA as your registration will not be able to be
confirmed. Please drop us a note if the account name for PayPal is
different from the name you use to register.
If you have problems or questions
when registering please contact HEntmanmd@gmail.com. Your confirmation
letter, along with exact directions, the hotel room reservation link
and contact information, will be emailed to you after you register.
These are not computer generated and it may take a few days to receive
this email; we appreciate your patience. No worries though - as long as
you follow the registration link in a reasonable time after you get the
letter, there will be a hotel room available for you if you've
registered and paid for the event. Your dinner ticket(s) will be
available for pick up at the door - nothing will be snail mailed to
A personal word from the President
“I look forward to seeing each of you
at the BIG-AS-TEXAS PARTY in Denison!”
President, Iron Butt Association
Because the IBA party and rides
require a certain level of administrative and hotel support, the refund
deadline is September 05, 2019 - our deadline for turning in space and
meal commitments to the hotel as well as ordering ride supplies. After
that there will not be any refunds. However, if weather is not
cooperative on the day of the ride, or you can not otherwise make the
start line, you may complete these rides up to two years later
(including later BIG-AS- TEXAS PARTY events) and apply via snail