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.

Tour de Essex - 7K Trail Run 

9 AM - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Essex Park, Rochester, MN

In the 2017 event, lightning and downpouring rain greeted trail runners as they arrived at Essex Park on Saturday morning, October 21 for the Tour de Essex trail run. The rain ended a few minutes before the race start providing runners with an enjoyable run under cloudy skies and 58 degree temps. The course, soft and slippery in spots due to the rain, covered 7.45 K of the Essex Park trail system.

The top three runners all finished under a 7 minutes per mile pace on the challenging hills at Essex Park. Joey Keillor was the first across the line at 6:11 per mile with Danny Whipple finishing second in 6:17/mile and Ali Khalili rounding out the top three in 6:42/mile.

Jennifer Clark, finishing fifth overall, led the women across the line in a 7:36/mile pace followed by Kris Stevens in 9:36/mile and Lana Lappi in 11:03/mile.

Tour de Essex 2107 Results

Experience the rolling hills of the Essex Park trails at the Tour de Essex.  Enjoy the trails used for hiking, running, dog walking, and cross country skiing.  These trails are expertly maintained throughout the year by volunteers of the Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC).

The approximately 7K trail run will start on the Essex Park entrance road and then head onto the trails.  Running surfaces on the race course are mainly grass and dirt with short sections of gravel and asphalt.  

This is a low key, low frills race.  No race mementos (e.g. shirts) or awards will be provided.  Water stops will be on the course.  Runners will be timed with results published on the Rochester Track Club and Rochester Active Sports Club web sites.

The entry fee is a very reasonable $10.00 (that's right - only $10!).  All entry fees from the race will be put towards trail maintenance expenses.

Registration will only be handled on the day of the race.  Registration will begin at 8 AM at the Essex Park red barn. 

The race starts at 9 AM.

If you have any questions, contact John Resman at

Come on out and enjoy a great fall morning touring the Essex Park trails!

This race is jointly sponsored by the Rochester Track Club and Rochester Active Sports Club.

Tour de Essex 2017 results

Tour de Essex 2016 results

Tour de Essex 2015 results

Tour de Essex 2014 results

Tour de Essex 2013 Results


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