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.

                RASC NEWS

Paddling Film Festival - May 5th at Cascade Meadow

The Reel Paddling Film Festival returns to Cascade Meadow (third year) to showcase the world's best paddling films and inspire you to explore rivers, lakes and oceans; push physical and emotional extremes; embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate wild places.

The film festival is a contest that awards winning films in 10 categories; including Adventure Travel, Environmental, SUP, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Whitewater and more. Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by a variety of compelling short films. We’re excited for this event and we hope you can join us!

What: Reel Paddling Film Festival, hosted by Tyrol Ski & Sports

Friday, May 5th 7pm. The doors open at 6:00pm for a “mini” expo with a few local vendors including Grand Rounds Brewing Co. Films will run ~2 ½ hours with a short intermission.

Cascade Meadow, 2900 19th St. NW

$12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 students. Tickets can be purchased at Tyrol Ski & Sports or online by going to

*Proceeds to benefit the Zumbro Watershed Partnership, a nonprofit organization. More info at

*For more information go to:

RASC Road Cycling Group Spring Kick-off Meeting

Tuesday 7th March, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bowlocity Entertainment Center 

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Join us for a fun and informative evening!
Date & time: March 7th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Bowlocity Entertainment Center banquet room.
              2810 N. Broadway, Rochester

6:30-7:00pm Social Time-pizza/pop 
7:00-7:30pm General Meeting 
7:30-7:45pm RASC Riders’ Video
7:45-8:00pm Q&A
8:00-8:30pm Group Breakout Sessions

Pizza and pop will be provided.

The meeting is open to all that are interested in road riding, members and non-members. Feel free to invite anyone that you think may be interested in checking out our club and our rides. For more information, please contact 
Bill Rogers at

Here is a note from RASC member Brett Ostby:

Hello fellow RASC members!

I'm on the board of We Bike Rochester. We Bike Rochester leadership is recruiting new board members who want to be active in community organizing.  We are working to build a biking culture in Rochester that is inclusive to all abilities, ages, creeds, etc.

More info about We Bike Rochester is at the  website:
There is also a Facebook Page

No application is needed, just a statement of interest.  The board has existed for several years.  We Bike Rochester is now a chapter of BikeMN (  We are in the process of replacing leaders that have had to step away due to family and work responsibilities.

All interested applicants can email me at

Thank You!

Brett Ostby

Donations to RASC and RASC-related Projects (Ski Trails, RNST, RMBT)

We are off to a strong start in 2017 with close to $2000 in donations. Most donations are for continued support of the ski trails in Quarry Hill and Essex Park that are essential for our Rochester Nordic ski team (our high school / middle school program).  



$1000 and up

Victoria 's Restaurant (for RNST)

$500 and Up


$100 and Up

Lisa and Jerry O'Brien
Curt Shellum
Randy Shelerud

Up to $100

William and Sarah Oyler (for Essex ski trail)
Gary and Kathie Kleist (for RASC ski trails)
Joel and Anita Cayou
Roger Grimm (Gamehaven winter park)
MTB Radio / Ben Welnak (Gamehaven trails)

If you would like to donate please either complete the on-line donation form or send your donation to Michael O’Connor, 3128 Lake Vista Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901. 

Please indicate if your donation is for a specific project (i.e a specific trail project) or for general support of RASC, RNST, RMBT or trail development and upkeep. All donations are fully tax deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.

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. 

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)

New Google Group for Road Biking

Click icon below to go to the old RASC General Bulletin Board

Facebook Page for RNST

Facebook Page for Local Ski Trail Conditions 

Facebook Page for Mountain Bike Trails

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