The rally came first as an 11 day event, and then morphed into the rally as it’s known today. Basically, it’s 1K/day for 11 days. A sizeable percentage attain what’s known as the 10/10ths on the rally, which is 10 consecutive 1000 miles days. FWIW, I traveled 12,463 over the 11 days in 2005. Yes, I was sore…and had funny things growing on my body at the end (yuk!). The rally is a scavenger hunt with the idea of getting the most number of points in the most efficient manner possible. Top riders will travel anywhere from 12K to 13.5K+.
The saddlesore award (1000/24 or 1500/36) is minimum requirement for entry into the IBA. Other awards include 100CCC (Coast to Coast to Coast in under 100 hours) 50CC (Coast to Coast), awards for number of National Parks visited, saddlesores within cities/states, etc….you name, there’s probably an award for it. Most importantly, and I’m sure it seems funny…is that it’s done safely. It’s hugely embarrasing to have an accident or to do something stupid in the quest for an award.
You may want to try sometime yourself! There’s plenty of people around that would be happy to help you plan and document your paperwork for you if it’s something you want to try!