Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.


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Congrats to 2 outstanding RASC members

RNST alumnus Ian Torchia was recently selected to the U.S. Development Nordic Ski team. Only 2 U.S. skiers were selected to this group and it places Ian in a strong position to continue his development as one of the top U.S. Nordic skiers. At (almost) the other end of the age spectrum, Joey Keillor is far from being over the hill as he displayed at the Drake Relays last weekend. In the 800 meter race, Joey finished a comfortable 0.5 second ahead of the 2nd place finisher. you can see a full replay of the race here:

(scroll down a ways, Past Aly Welch and Kaitlin Miller, until you see a video on a blue track. It should just start playing without needing to hit the play button.)

Rochester Area Mountain Bike Team May 18th

Open to all students in grades 6-12 in the Rochester area and surrounding communities. No experience necessary, just a desire to ride and have fun! 

Try it out session: Wednesday May 18th, 6-7:30pm at Eastwood Park. Bikes will be available to ride and try some trails. Current team members will be present. 

Sign up/Information Session: Wednesday, May 25th, 6-7pm Century High School Forum 

Practices: July-October M, W, Th evenings 

Bike Races: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16 and 10/29-10/30 

Contact: Coach: Marian O'Donnell, 

Stone Grinding for Nordic skis

Henry Walker is planning a shipment of skis to Caldwell for grinding and analysis early this summer.  It is far cheaper to ship a large number of skis at one time and receive a quantity discount from Caldwell Sport, so the more the merrier.  Anyone interested in having a really good analysis of skis and grind selection is welcome to combine with his shipment.  Caldwell does nothing but Nordic, his grinds and ski choices are common in the elite waves and podium spots worldwide and they are no more expensive than other excellent grinds.  We need 10pr to obtain a group discount and save a bundle on shipping costs.  

Contact if you want to grind your skis.  Use the grind chart on Caldwell Sport to decide your best grind option and fill out the grind form.  

The forms will be combined into one and a single payment sent.  Grinding skis now will reduce stress come next fall when you want to ski instead of wait for your skis to be ground.

Haig Glacier ski camp - June 27th-July 4th

This summer Matt Liebsch is again leading a group summer skiing again. Olympic skier, Brian Gregg, will be coming with him as well, great mentor!

If any RASC or RNST member is interested in coming, he is offering a discount rate, $1200, for coaches and athletes.  He offers even greater discounts if there are +3 skiers

Details of the cap can be found here:

Videos of previous camps are here...

Email with any questions: Matt Liebsch -

New Season - New Logo

With Spring in the air and the start of the new cycling season we thought it would be a  a good time to roll out our new logo. This has already been incorporated into our ski suits and we plan to make it the new logo for the club going forward. Thanks to Henry Walker for working with a professional designer to make sure we got something that would work for all our activities.

$7490 raised for MTB Trail Grooming Equipment

Thanks to all the work put in by Dave Halloway, we raised $7490 for fat bike grooming in Rochester! And we're the top 45NRTH fund raiser!!! That means we have won an additional $3000 to fund the grooming equipment and trailer. Thank you to everyone!

$3000 check from 45NRTH that goes to our new Fat bike grooming equipment

Gamehaven Mountain Bike Trail Update (Dec 2015)

With outstanding fall weather, our mountain bike trail crew has completed another challenging loop. Most recently we have added a connector section that will allow us to make a long loop with the new trail going around the “south” point. This is a scenic ride along the lake with a challenging climb at the end.

Temporarily, we will use the Scout road (in red) that will take the riders to the “Rolling Thunder” campsite. Proceed through the campsite to the trail connector and have a fast downhill ride to the trail below. Trail markers – black arrows on a yellow background have been placed to guide you. Please refer to the map below.

Many thanks to all who have worked hard on weekdays and Saturday mornings to make this happen. The temporary trail will be replaced with a trail that will run through the woods behind the scout camp sites. This section has been rough cleared and will be ready for grading in the spring.

Gamehaven now has close to 7 miles of trail.

Rochester Park & Recreation Master Plan (Oct 25th 2015)

The City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department is in the beginning stages of creating a parks and recreation master plan to guide future improvements in parks and recreation programming for the next 20 years. Your input is needed to help develop recommendations and priorities. Please follow this link to an online questionnaire asking about issues, needs, and desires for parks and recreation in Rochester. This link will be active until November 6, 2015. 

Parkwood Hills Bike Trail (Oct 25th 2015)

The city has completed development of a new 10' wide bike trail that runs from the intersection of East Circle Drive and Viola Road, through Parkwood hills and down to the Nature Center in Quarry Hill. The trail continues east from the Nature Center, and connects with RCTC.   

Gamehaven Master Plan Approved!

The Gamehaven Master plan was approved by Rochester Park and Recreation Board on June 2nd, and was approved by the Rochester City Council at its meeting on June 15th. The current version of the Master plan is attached below. note that this is a living document and will be modified and updated based on input and recommendations from planners and park staff.

Total costs for this project are estimated at over $14M !   The next stage is funding and we will begin to apply for Legacy fund and seek benefactor donations to begin work on this project.

(Note: this is a large file ~ 8 Mb)

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