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 by registering as a virtual runner


Carry the Torch!

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

Jessie Diggins talks about upcoming fundraiser for

Ian Torchia on Nov 23rd

Ian Torchia Fundraiser

5k Fun-Run, Chili Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday, November 23

4-7pm  Quarry Hill Nature Center

4pm: 5km 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.

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

Silent Auction: Fundraiser Auction Inventory.pdf

Click here to view some of the many ski items that will be going up for auction / raffle during the chili feed.

Silent Auction update: 

Two new items added to the auction, courtesy of Finn Sisu and the Loppet foundation

New Salomon S-LAB Classic Skis

Retail $800.00

Take the skis to Finn Sisu ski shop in Minneapolis and they will size you and swap these for the same model in your size, OR you can trade their value toward a new pair of Salomon Skate skis.


New Marwe model 610a Rollerskis

Retail $299.00

You can take these rollerskis to Finn Sisu ski shop in Minneapolis and they will let you trade their value toward other Marwe rollerski models. 


2 Tickets to World Cup Ski Races in Minneapolis

 March 17, 2020

2 tickets General Admission for the World Cup sprints on Tue, Mar 17, 

from noon - 9 PM  ($25 value each)


2 Tickets for the Parallel 45 Tour, March 15, 2020

Ski on and experience the World Cup Ski Race Course in Minneapolis

$35 value each – 5:00 to 5:30 PM on March 15th - skiers can ski the world cup course as many/few times as they would like in the allotted half hour time period

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!  

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