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.
 

About RASC 

Rochester Active Sports Club is a multi-sport club designed to provide a framework for the support and development of sports such as cycling (MTB and road) and nordic skiing in South East Minnesota. The club is organized as a nonprofit organization in the State of Minnesota and has 501 (c)(3) status. The charter of the club allows the members to form additional groups to support other activities such as in-line skating etc. Most of the business of the club is conducted via e-mail and the internet as they provides rapid, inexpensive means of communication. RASC is strongly orientated towards active participation in endurance sports. Most of us would rather be out biking or skiing than in a meeting. With its strong emphasis towards endurance sports, many of the members actively compete in their sports. One of our primary goals is to build up active participation through coaching sessions and clinics to improve members skills in biking and skiing. We organize coaching sessions, ski events, bike races and regular bike rides. The coordinators were picked because they are very active in their sports and had been informally organizing many such events over the last few years.



RASC Board and Committees (2020-2021)

Below is a list of the main groups in the club, from the RASC Board to all the biking / ski groups, and associated groups involved in trail work. If you are interested in helping in any of the groups or committees listed below, they would love to have additional help. To that end, we have listed the e-mail address of the primary people involved in each group, should you want to contact them.



RASC Board

This is the main RASC Board – we meet sporadically, usually a few times a year.

President: Michael O’Connor (mkoconnor@mayo.edu)

Treasurer : Dave Greymont (birked@charter.net)

RMBT representative: Marian O’Donnell

RNST representative: David Herbert

Board members

Robb Welch

 Henry Walker

 Kristin Sorenson

Carolyn Franzone

Joey Keillor

Jim Bennett

Jackson Raygor

 Joe Gyura

 Joel Raygor  


   

RASC Road Biking Committee

This is the group that organizes the weekly RASC bike rides for all abilities

Chairman:  Pete Betz (mtbduluth@gmail.com)

Ed Denbow

Mark Enzler

Johanna Ficatier

Steve Sponsel

Ben Romberg

David Steensland

Matt Lynch

Joel Raygor



Rochester Nordic Ski Team

This group manages the RNST, interfaces with the school district, plans ski meets, and the annual ski camp etc.

Head Coach: David Herbert (dherbert4320@gmail.com)

Assistant coaches:

     Joe Gyura        

Joey Keillor

Barry Knapp

Leah Karsten

Joan Rabe

    Andy Wood

 Operations committee

Rochester School Liaison: Steve Felton

RNST Ski camp coordinator:  John Resman

RNST equipment manager: Michael O’Connor

RNST Administrator: Kristin Sorenson

Dave Greymont

  Henry Walker



Rochester Mountain Bike Team

This group manages the RMBT, interfaces with the school district, and the state and national high school organizations.

Team Director: Marian O'Donnell (pm.odonnell@charter.net)

Head coach Mayo HS: Marian O’Donnell

Head coach Rochester Composite : Matt Blanshan

Head coach Century HS: Scott Hogen

Operations committee:

Nancy Peters

Eric Johnson

Dan Doering

Sarah Srp



Quarry Hill trail maintenance (winter/summer)

This group manages the trails in Quarry Hill park. This involves mowing and trail maintenance in summer and grooming in winter.

Head groomer: Peter Wollan (peter.wollan@gmail.com)

Groomers:

Barbara Barry

David Squillace

Evan Peterson

Harvey Bertrand

Henry Walker

Joey Keillor

John Resman

 Mark Foley

Michael Holmes

Tom McKinely

Essex Park trail maintenance (winter/summer)

This group manages the trails in Essex park. This involves mowing and trail maintenance in summer and grooming in winter.

Head groomer: Andy Wood (andy@ergowellinc.com)

Groomers: 

Joe Gyura

Laura Zumbrunnen

Lisa Luetmer

Brennan Kelly

Barry Knapp

Matt Hawkins

Dan Nath

Chris Brunholzl

Grant Johnson

Wayne Sadeski 



Gamehaven Park Project

This group is involved in developing Gamehaven Park as a winter/summer sports park. Initially it is working on plans for snowmaking in collaboration with the Rochester Parks and Recreation Department.

Jim Bennett (bennettnvac@gmail.com)

Jeff Robertson

Dave Greymont

Michael O’Connor

David Herbert

Henry Hocraffer



Gamehaven/Eastwood MTB Trail Management & Development

This group is involved in developing and maintaining the MTB trails in Gamehaven and Eastwood parks.

Jackson Raygor (raygorjackson@charter.net)

Jeff Robertson (jrob5630@gmail.com)

Scott Hogen

Bill Baker



RCTC MTB Trail Project

This group is exploring the development of new MTB trails in the 70-acre forested area on RCTC grounds to the north of U.S. 14.

Scott Hogen (scott.hogen@gmail.com)

Henry Walker (walker.henry@mayo.edu)

Bob Gritman

Patrick Sheedy



RASC – We Bike Rochester liaison

We Bike Rochester is a chapter of Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and works to empower our community to include safe cycling in their lifestyle and normalize biking in Rochester. Matt Lynch is a RASC member and also serves on the Board of Directors of We Bike Rochester.

Matteau Lynch (matthieu.lynch@gmail.com)




    On-line Registration System
    We have an on-line registration available that handles all our membership categories and gives you full control over your membership details. If you do not wish to do an on-line payment, you must still complete the on-line form. You can then mail in your membership dues and your membership will be activated at that time. 

    If you wish to mail in membership payment, send the check (payable to RASC) to Rochester Active Sports Club, 3128 Lake Vista Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (or within Mayo Clinic to Michael O'Connor at Charlton 1-225).  




    Olmsted County: Live for Others 

    RASC was one of 9 organizations/ people nominated for the 2010 Olmsted County: Live for Others - Healthy Community Award. Dave Greymont attended the reception in the Government Center on the 13th April 2010, and accepted the Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the club.






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