First Snow of the Year - Sun Dec 4th
First ski of the season- get out and enjoy it while it lasts!
Just enough snow on the golf courses for a classic ski.
Essex Trail Washout
For safety, fences were put up to block off the trail. (The old middle fence is hanging
mid-air with about a 20 foot drop off.) Park and Rec cut a new path over to the next
trail on the right and widened that trail.
RNST Registration Night
More pictures can be found on the Rochester Nordic Ski Team Facebook site.
With the help of Andy Wood, Jeff Radke, and Mike Trantow we did the nasty job of installing the tracks on the ATV's. Nothing seemed to go right and it took over 4 hours to get the job done.
Tour de Essex - 7K Trail Run
Tour de Essex 2016 Results
Trail runners enjoyed a beautiful fall morning at Essex Park with sunny skies and temps in the low 40s. The race course was about 400m longer than last year's since the race had to be re-routed around a section of trail that had been severely eroded during this summer's rains. This year's course covered 7.8 K of the Essex Park trail system.
Danny Whipple led all runners in a time of 30:17 averaging 6:15 per mile - an excellent pace on the challenging hills at Essex Park. The next three runners, Marjon Joachim, Mario Minelli, and Vauclair Frederic, also averaged under 7 minutes per mile. Jennifer Clark finished first among women with a time of 36:31 followed by Lauren McCullough and Mishawn Edge.
The recent heavy rains have caused damage to the section of the Mayowood bike trail just north / west of U.S. 52. As you can see from the above photo, about 20 feet of the trail as subsided or been washed into the river. Also, many of the local trails, especially those adjacent to rivers or streams, now have sections with several inches of mud on them. Please use caution when biking, rollerblading or rollerskiing, as these sections are very slippy.
Note: with the recent heavy rains, part of the trail near the stream has suffered severe erosion. We will have use modified route to avoid this section and those impacted by the road works on 55th street.
For this winter, a new section of trail will be cut so that the ski trail can avoid the section near the stream.
Here is the new Ditch Witch which RASC secured through a grant from the DNR (thanks to a lot of work by Jeff Robertson on this grant application).
A trail crew led by Jeff just completed a new section of the trail at Gamehaven which is just under 1/2 mile using this unit. The July 2nd Trail crew consisted of (left to right) Marian O'Donnell, Jim Kelly, Dakota Kelly,Jackson Raynor, Emma Raynor, and Gary Gross. These are the parents and members of the High School Team along with Coaches Marian and Gary. They rough cleared a new section of the trail that will be used in the next High School mountain bike race to be held at Gamehaven on Oct. 2.
At the request of many bicyclists, the Minnesota Dept. of transportation has developed a series of county level bicycle maps. There are 125 maps with some counties split into more than one sheet. You can click on a county name to see trails, road conditions and more. Print the maps on 8.5x11 or 11x17 paper to take along to help navigate your trip.
Go to www.mndot.gov/bike/maps.html to scope them out.
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:
https://www.facebook.com/centurygirlstrack?fref=nf(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.)
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
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.