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Border to Border Application

© 2011, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois

The Border to Border application may be reproduced and distributed as needed for personal or club use.

The Border to Border is a ride from Canada to Mexico (or Mexico to Canada) that is completed in less than 36 hours. Rides that are completed in 24 hours or less are listed as finishers of Border to Border Insanity.

You may complete this ride any time, by yourself or with a group. If you are looking for a premier ride covering Mexico to Canada, THE ride to try and snag a ticket for is the 3 Flags Classic held over the Labor Day Holiday. For more information, please visit Please be aware the SCMA Three Flags is a popular event and tickets are hard to come by. A drawing is usually held each February and the entry deadline is in January...but if you can get a ticket, this is the ride to do!

The rules are identical to those of a SaddleSore 1000, except you must document your ride from Mexico to Canada (you and your motorcycle MUST cross both borders!)

The SaddleSore 1000 rules are located at


Please note: You must prove you crossed the border with your motorcycle to both Mexico and Canada. Due to the langauge difficulites, we are flexible on documentation but still, the burden to prove you made the crossing is on you.

Some acceptable forms of proof include:

- Written statements from Customs agents that you crossed the border (use witness form). Be warned that these maybe difficult to obtain.

- You may cross the border and obtain a time/dated receipt for a purchase and then cross back into the USA to obtain the ending witnesses.

- Pictures are also considered evidence on this ride that your motorcycle was in Mexico and Canada


A Passport or Nexus card (those are difficult to obtain) is required to enter back in to the USA!


Most motorcycle insurance is NOT valid in Mexico. Most riders will have to purchase special insurance (if you cannot find it locally, it is available in most USA border towns near the Mexico border). In Canada, you must carry an endorsement to show your insurance is valid in Canada. If you are from outside the USA and contemplating this ride, the USA has similiar requirements for operation of a motor vehicle you will have to meet.


The best resource for up to date information is available by reaching out to IBA members on the IBA forum at

If you have any questions about this ride, you may write to the Iron Butt Association, P.O. Box 9450, Naperville, IL 60567-9450 USA or send e-mail to


Greg Rice report

Checklist of documents needed for Iron Butt Association Border to Border

DOWNLOAD THE SADDLESORE 1000 RULES!  Use the SaddleSore 1000 rules and forms and 
then attach these documents on top of the SaddleSore logs and witness forms!

___ Copies of Witness forms (starting and ending, others) 

___ Copies of Receipts (do not send originals!)

___ Map (may be photocopy) showing route with towns stopped in circled

___ Explanation of any problems encountered, for example, "In central
    Wisconsin, at my third gas stop, I was unable to get a dated 
    receipt.  I asked the attendant to sign his name on the back
    but he refused to do so. The phone number of the station is
    (555) 555-1212 - he will verify that I was there at 10 a.m. 
    on August 4, 1997."

Also, please complete the following information for your certificate
(it goes to the person that does the certificate and not the verification 

Ride you completed:

Border to Border in less than 36 hours               ____________
Border to Border Insanity in less than 24 hours      ____________


Please use the following fee schedule to calculate the cost of awards: 

Border to Border certification (certificate only)               $40.00

Border to Border pin if desired:                                $ 7.00

World's Toughest Riders plate back if desired:                  $ 6.00


Border to Border certificate, BtoB pin, IBA plate back $50.00 (savings of $3.00 over individual pricing) Total Enclosed: ____________ Have you ever completed an Iron Butt Association ride before? ________ Address to mail certificates to: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Contact phone number(s), best time to reach you: _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ If you have one, your e-mail address: ___________________________ Name you want on certificate: ___________________________________ (for example, Jonathan J. Smith, SR or John Smith) Your age (only used for statistics): _________ Circle One (only used for statistics): Male Female Did you do this ride with anyone else? Y/N If so, who: ______________________________________________________________ Date of start: ___________________ (for example, May 5, 2011) Motorcycle make/model ridden: _______________________________ Note: this is used on your certificate. For example, do you want us to list your Honda Gold Wing as a Honda GL1500 or do you want us to list it as a Honda Gold Wing. You may also include a model year if you want, for example; 1993 Honda Gold Wing. NOTE: If you are applying for both a SaddleSore and BunBurner, please indicate mileages for both rides and start/end and mid point cities for both rides (you can do this on this part of the form or duplicate this page with the information). Method (and name of program if you used a computer) used to calculate your mileage (mapping program, paper map, hoped your odometer was ok?): Method: _____________________ Miles/Kilometers Calculated: ___________ Miles Ridden according to your odometer: _______________________ Note: These will probably be changed by the verification team. If you used a GPS (Global Positioning Device) and noted your mileage, please enter that reading here: _______________________ Cities/towns your route included: NOTE: The following is used only for the people that do the certificates to make them more understandable. Try and answer the following questions to make your certificate reflect your ride. Sample wording of the Border to Border Certificate (please keep this format in mind as you answer the following questions): This is to Certify that on September 7, 2002, Gary Rollins rode a BMW K1200LT a total of 1,406 grueling miles in less than thirty-six hours starting in Regina, Canada continuing on to Denver, Colorado before ending in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico while participating in the Border to Border ride. Name of start city: ______________________________________ Note: for the **certificate** you may substitute a large city nearby if you want); for example, if you start in DesPlaines, Illinois, (a suburb of Chicago), it is acceptable to put Chicago as the starting point for the certificate. Your certificate will highlight up to two cities as midpoints. Please list UP TO TWO cities that helps highlight your route for your certificate: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Name of END city: ______________________________________ Note: for the **certificate** you may substitute a large city nearby if you want); for example, if you start in DesPlaines, Illinois, (a suburb of Chicago), it is acceptable to put Chicago as the starting point for the certificate. Please note that this is only an attempt to make your certificate more readable - do not stop 60 miles short of Los Angeles and expect us to create a certificate that reads Los Angeles. This is to make the certificates more readable so that when you display them, your riding friends will better grasp the immense ride you took. Finally, you must certify that what you are telling us is accurate: I (print name): _____________________________, hereby certify that the statements in this application for certification are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I rode my motorcycle from Mexico to Canada and crossed into both countries by motorcycle in the time frame applied for. Signed: _________________________ Date: ___________ Send the package, along with a check for US funds to (PLEASE DO NOT USE A STAPLE ON YOUR CHECK) to: Iron Butt Association P.O. Box 9450 Naperville, IL 60567-9450 DO NOT send CASH! Please contact if you are from outside of North America and need alternate means of payment! Finally, should you decide to tackle the Border to Border we wish you, the best of luck and look forward to hearing about your ride!