From Mike: In just a few short months, the flagship event of Long Distance Riding - the Iron Butt Rally - will be underway. You'll find here the info for banquet tickets and hotels. If you want banquet tickets for yourself, friends or family, you need to order those online via your www.ibaestore.com account. Start Banquet - Sunday, June 25, 5pm - $55.00 Finishers Banquet - Friday, July 07, 6:30pm -$66.00 Reception starting at 5:30pm - 2 Drink tickets included with the Banquet ticket. If you have not logged into ibaestore since March 1st, your old password will not work, you will need to create a new one via the "I forgot my Forgot" password link on the Login screen. Once you are logged in, scroll way down on the left side (it will probably be off most screens) to the section titled IRON BUTT RALLY and click on that link you will see a short selection of items IBR-START-BANQUET-TICKET - this is used to order START BANQUET tickets IBR-FINISHER-BANQUET-TICKET - this is used to order FINISH BANQUET Follow the prompts to add items to your cart and check out. ******Do NOT order other IBA items during this checkout or they will NOT be shipped. Your banquet tickets will be distributed before the dinner in the hotel lobby area. Your PayPal record serves as your receipt for the event. As with all events, after May 15, these tickets are non-refundable. You may transfer them to another rider no later than May 31. To do so, please send Lisa an email at email@example.com, with all pertinent names, copying also the person who will pick up the tickets the day of the banquet. That email will serve as confirmation they may pick up the tickets that will be in your name at the hotel. NOTE: Because the Start Banquet is more of a business meeting atmosphere, with lots of info after the packets are handed out, we will have designated Rider Only tables near the podium to minimize distractions during the meeting portion. If you are not a 2017 IBR rider, please do not sit at those specially marked tables, even if your best friend/spouse is a rider. We want all riders to be able to hear the instructions. 2017 Iron Butt Rally Headquarters All Start and Finish activities at: Marriott Minneapolis West 9960 Wayzata Blvd St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426 952-544-4400 PARKING: There is a major construction project underway next to the hotel so parking is at a premium. The parking lot in front of the hotel will be designated for 2017 IBR rider motorcycles ONLY. There will be no exceptions as we want riders to be able to work on their bikes and packing chores with a little elbow room -Warchild will be monitoring and that doesn't bode well for scofflaws. Parking for EVERYONE ELSE will be behind the hotel. There is a convenient hotel entrance adjacent to the back parking area. START WEEKEND 6/24 - 6/25 Start Banquet 5:30pm Monday, June 26 Motorcycle Impound 8am Rally Start 10am CHECKPOINT 1 INFORMATION - Wednesday, June 28, 8pm - 10pm Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center 210 East Stacy Road Allen, TX 75002 Penalty points accrue at 8:00:01pm Scoring opens at 5pm Leg 2 Bonuses distributed at 4am, June 29 CHECKPOINT 2 INFORMATION - Saturday, July 1, 8pm - 10pm Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center 210 East Stacy Road Allen, TX 75002 Penalty points accrue at 8:00:01pm Scoring opens at 5pm Leg 3 Bonuses distributed at 4am, July 2 FINISH - Friday, July 7, 10 am Marriott Minneapolis West Penalty points accrue at 8:00:01am Scoring opens at 5am Finishers' Banquet 6:30pm HOTEL INFO: START: If you would like to stay only for Sunday night, 6/25, you may make your reservations using the Start Link below. The host hotel is currently sold out Friday and Saturday of start weekend but there is a good alternative. The La Quinta Inn, just a short walk from the Marriott, has offered us a great rate of $99 for a King. It is a very short three-minute walk, only a tenth of a mile. Breakfast and internet are included so no need to fret here, it's all good!! Marriott Link for Sunday Only http://tinyurl.com/2017IBRStart La Quinta Inn & Suites Minneapolis-Minnetonka 10420 Wayzata Blvd Minnetonka, MN 55305 952.541.1094 Call and request Iron Butt Rally rate. CHECKPOINTS 1 and 2: We have rooms reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Allen for the discounted rate of $99 per night. You may either make two separate reservations for one night each, or you may also book through the entire time if you prefer. Use the link below to access the rate and make reservations. There are just a very few rooms available but there are other nearby options, too. http://tinyurl.com/2017Checkpoints FINISH: There is a very limited number of rooms at rally headquarters Marriott at the negotiated rate of $104.00 single/double per night or $134 for a suite, including breakfast, parking and high speed internet. The negotiated room rate has been made available to us for the Finish, July 5 - 9. When you click on the link below, you'll need to change the date windows on the page to reflect your check in/out dates. If the link shows there are no more rooms available you may check back as we get closer. Some rooms may come available but there is no guarantee. Attention Marriott Rewards people - Marriott corporate will not have access to our room rate so please do not call the 800 number for information. http://tinyurl.com/2017Finish DO NOT SEND, CROSS POST OR FORWARD THESE LINKS OR HOTEL INFORMATION TO ANYONE. The Iron Butt Rally is always exciting and, if the past is any indication, I'm sure we'll have a lot of spectators. We hope to see you there!!