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 23, 2021

Essex Park, Rochester, MN

Runners arrived at Essex Park on Saturday, October 23, 2021 ready to tackle the 7.42K (4.61 mile) Tour de Essex Trail run. Even though it was a frosty 32 degrees at race start, the runners knew they would quickly warm up on the undulating hills of the Essex Park trails. Bright sunshine took the edge off the chilly morning. The lingering frost required runners to take some care as they descended the numerous hills.

The top three runners finished under a 7:00 min/mile pace with Noah Billings finishing first n a 6:45 pace. Drew Wilson followed Noah with a 6:56 pace and Noah Johnson was close behind in 6:57. Noah Billings was also the champion in 2019 (no race held in 2020 due to COVID) and knocked off almost 6 minutes from his previous time!

Lori Russell was the first woman across in a 7:21 pace which is the 2nd fastest female time in Tour de Essex race history. Branda Anderson was the next woman with a 8:21 pace and Angie Murad the third finisher in 8:41.

Several runners set age-group best mile pace times -

Male 19 and under    6:45   Noah Billings

Male 60 - 69    8:39   Tom Woo

Female 40 - 49    8:21   Branda Anderson

Female 60 - 69    9:22   Gwen Jacobson

Female 70 - 79  13:32   Lin Gentling

Female 80 and over 13:43   Sandra Dalquist

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

Tour de Essex Results 2021

Tour De Essex Top Times

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 Running Club and Rochester Active Sports Club web sites.

The entry fee is a very reasonable $15.00 (that's right - only $15!) for online registration through Thursday, October 21.  The entry fee for race day registration will be $20.  RASC and Rochester Running Club members will receive a $5 entry fee discount.  All entry fees from the race will be put towards trail maintenance expenses.

Race day registration will begin at 8 AM at the Essex Park red barn (not the picnic shelter).

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, and at the same time you'll be supporting the year-round maintenance of the Essex Park and Quarry Hills Park trail systems!

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

For the discounted race fee, join the Rochester Active Sports Club or Rochester Running Club .

Course Map


Tour De Essex 2021 results

Tour de Essex 2020 cancelled due to COVID

Tour de Essex 2019 results

Tour de Essex 2018 results

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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