Iron Butt Association Recognition Award
© 2003, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
IBA Recognition Award
This award was created to acknowledge and publicly thank someone who made
an extraordinary effort to help an IBA rider.
One of the most memorable events of long distance riding is sharing in the
determination and efforts of a rider who overcomes adversity and problems
during their journey. Natural challenges, and mechanical problems face all
riders at one time or another. The creativity, and actions of the rider
in a given situations provides great testament to the long distance
rider's inner spirit. Throughout these stories are the times when help
from an unexpected source provides such a unique effort, that it deserves
There are many stories of a kind act, helping hand, or courtesy that has
helped a rider. But the IBA seeks to acknowledge the rare occasion when
someone comes forward to provide an extraordinary amount of personal
effort to help and assist. The Iron Butt Association uses this award to
formally and publicly recognize this person and their contribution on
behalf of the IBA membership. It is also a way for the rider to put some
effort in providing a "thank you" with the support of the entire of the
long distance riding community.
If you are an IBA member and believe you have experienced this
extraordinary type of help and event, then follow the process as outlined
The rider needs to:
* Write up the event as it happened, providing as much detail as
* List 2 witnesses and their contact information.
* Provide contact information for the nominee.
* Put all this in an envelope with $30, and send to:
IBA Recognition Award
c/o Paul Meredith
12213 SE 91st Ave
Summerfield, Fl 34491
The IBA will contact the witnesses, possibly the nominee, and possibly
others as necessary. The IBA will internally review the nomination with
numerous staff and IBA members.
Remember, this nomination will be under very close review and is expected
to truly be an effort that the long distance riding community would view
as "extraordinary". These awards represent the pride and gratitude of the
If accepted, a certificate will be mailed to the rider (submitter). It is
expected this person will arrange a presentation to the nominee and
provide an invitation to other IBA members so they may attend. The type
and format of a presentation has not been formalized, but this should be a
special event that reflects the high honor and gratitude of the Iron Butt
Association. It is also expected that other IBA members attend and
reinforce the community aspect of this presentation.