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.

Upcoming events

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Quarry Hill Nature Center

    Help fund Ian Torchia's campaign to be named to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the World Cup.

    Register here for the 5 km fun-run through the trails in Quarry Hill Park, the chili-dinner and silent auction, or both.

    Unable to come? - please consider a donation to Ian's campaign.


Register for the Rochester Nordic Ski Team! 

Click here to register

Registration Open through Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Jessie Diggins talks about upcoming fundraiser for

Ian Torchia on Nov 23rd

2019 Tour de Essex Results

The only rain in a 6 day period fell right during the Tour de Essex trail run on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Despite the slick conditions on the downhills, the runners successfully navigated the the rolling terrain of the 7.4 K course in very comfortable running conditions of 51 degrees and an 8 mph west wind. A large washed out, rough section of trail caused by recent heavy rains added another twist to the run.

Noah Billings scampered across the finish line in first running at an 8:01 mile pace. Lonny Olson-Williams (8:11 min/mile) and Randy Shelerud (8:20 mile pace) placed 2nd and 3rd.

Finishing first among women and 4th overall was Kris Nelson cranking out 8:54 minute miles. The next women following Kris over the line were Sabrena Resman (10:28 min/mile) and Beth Kangas (12:21/mile).

Congratulations to all of the runners who conquered greasy conditions on the challenging hills of the Tour de Essex.

Tour de Essex Results 2019

Ian Torchia Fundraiser

5k Fun-Run, Chili Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday, November 23

4-7pm  Quarry Hill Nature Center

Help fund Ian Torchia’s campaign to be named to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and race internationally on the World Cup!

4pm: 5 km Fun Run – Join Ian and local runners and skiers for a timed 5k run on the wooded trails of Quarry Hill Nature Center.

5-7pm:  Chili Dinner, Presentation by Ian, and Silent Auction.

  • Hear about Ian’s transition from All-American Collegiate skier to full time professional, his huge training program the past year, and his targeted races this winter.
  • Enjoy wine, beer and other refreshments along with Chili from Victoria’s    Ristorante.
  • Silent auction for U.S. Ski Team gear, top of the line ski equipment, and autographed items from Ian Torchia and gold medal Olympian, Jesse Diggins.
  • Click here for more details on all the above!!

Register (click at top of this page on upcoming events):

Online before November 21: 

$15 for the Fun Run; $10 for the Chili Dinner & Silent Auction; $20 for both

After November 21:

Available as of 3pm, November 23 at Quarry Hill Nature Center:

$20 for the Fun Run; $15 for the Chili Dinner and Silent Auction; $30 for both

Unable to Attend: 

Make a $20 donation to Ian's campaign

Gamehaven Lakeside Grind

Minnesota Series Mountain Bike Race

September 22, 2019

Congrats to RASC member, Noah Billings, on taking 1st in his age group and 4th overall at USA Triathlon 2019 Youth & Junior National Championships in Westchester, Ohio!

Thanks to Ian Torchia for two great dryland training clinics on August 17th. If you missed the opportunity to attend one of these clinics, we are hoping to have ian back in Rochester for another clinic in November.

Below are video clips from the morning session from local news channels.

Congratulations to Jim Bennett who won the free pair of Marwe rollerskis donated by Finn Sisu!

Ian Torchia began skiing the day before he turned 2, but was on his Mom’s back long before then, sliding around Rochester’s golf courses during the winter months. He grew up a runner, chasing his older brother Mike around on the roads and trails and cross country skied in the winters as a member of the Rochester Nordic Ski Team. During his junior year in high school, Ian won the American Birkebeiner Korteloppet race and it was later that year, at his 1st Junior National championship in Fairbanks, Alaska, when Ian decided to cross-country ski at the collegiate level, breaking away from his 4 siblings’ tradition of running in college.  He attended Northern Michigan University under the direction of legendary ski coach Sten Fjeldheim, and accumulated 6 All-Americans, tied for most in program history. His junior season, he became an NCAA champion in the 20k freestyle in Steamboat, Colorado. He was a member of the US Development Ski Team for 3 years training alongside the nation’s best skiers.  Ian earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing skiing at the professional level with the Stratton Mountain School T2 Elite Team, a professional ski team that boasts of 3 Olympians, including Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins.  Ian recently got engaged to his fiancĂ©, Kameron Burmeister, who he coached to a 2:42 marathon at Grandma’s, an Olympic Trials qualifier!  He is stoked to come back to Rochester this summer to teach and inspire the next generation of skiers!
Dryland Clinics with Ian Torchia are sponsored by the Rochester Active Sports Club and the Rochester Nordic Ski Team

Maplelag Photos

Photos from Maplelag time trial

Thanks to Anna Sortland for all these photos


Victoria's Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual RNST team fundraiser on Sunday January 13th. A total of $1300 was raised, simple by team members and friends dining at Victoria's on that day. Funds from this event help to support maintenance of the ski trails in Quarry Hill and Essex Park.

Many thanks to Kristin Sorenson who organizes this fundraiser, and to Victoria's restaurant for their generosity. 

RASC Road Biking Survey

RASC's Road Cycling Committee is working on providing safe and fun rides for all athletic cyclists in the Rochester-area. We've been asked to consider some enhancements this year and wanted to gather your input. Matt Lynch has generated a small survey to get feedback from club members on what they are looking for in club rides in 2019.

If you have not already responded to this survey on Facebook or Google Group, please take sometime to respond to this small survey!

Here is the link to the on-line survey

1st place in the state!!

Congrats to the Rochester Middle School MTB Team on their 2018 season win!

Individual Top 10s for Middle/High School
3rd: Caleb Kittleson - JV2 Boys 
4th: Franziska Rinkleff - 8th Grade Girls

5th: Patrick McCauley - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Ari Walker - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Jack McCauley - 7th Grade Boys
6th: Veronika Voss - 7th Grade Girls
8th: Noah Billings - 7th Grade Boys
10th:Victoria Voss - Freshman Girls 


Eastwood Ski Trails - Dec 16th 

Get out and enjoy the great local trails while conditions last!

Filthy 50

The 2018 edition of The Filthy 50 lived up to it's name, and then some. Epic weather conditions and a badass group of 533 gravel enthusiasts made for a legendary day. Documentary film maker Nicholas Kapanke was on course capturing the carnage. He chose to put these few clips to a humorous tune by Breakmaster Cylinder to give the viewer an idea how insane the day looked through his lense. Oh, he also nabbed a few riders "catching the crapper".  Out of the 533 Filthy riders who took the start, about 40 were RASC riders.. Enjoy!

2018 Tour de Essex Results

Temperatures in the mid 30's and winds gusting to 30 mph greeted runners as they gathered for the Tour de Essex trail run on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Sunny skies took off a bit of the edge as the runners started their 7.45 K sojourn through Essex Park in Rochester.


Three runners bounded up and down the relentless hills under a 7 minutes per mile pace. Joey Keillor led all runners in a 6:16 min/mile pace with Danny Whipple cranking out 6:26 minute miles and Spencer Moul finishing with 6:34 min/mile pace.

Barbara Swenson finished first among women and 5th overall with a 7:17 min/mile pace. Barbara's pace is the fastest pace among women in the history of the Tour de Essex. The next women across were Lindsey Carlson with a 7:42 min/mile pace and Leah Karsten at 8:31 min/mile.

Congratulations to all of the runners who came out and endured the challenging hills of the Tour de Essex!

2018 Tour de Essex Results

Trails Facebook

Google Group for Road Biking

Old RASC General Bulletin Board

Facebook Page for RNST

Facebook Page for Local Ski Trail Conditions 

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