All Comers One-Mile combined with Rochesterfest One Mile race in 2017
The Rochester Track Club annual All Comers' One Mile has been combined with the Rochesterfest One Mile race in 2017 to make a premier one-mile race in southeastern Minnesota.
The All Comers has traditionally been a free race in conjunction with the youth All Comers Track Meets held during the summer. However, the race directors for the All Comers said the combination has been challenging as children aren't always aware of the adults in the races, crossing the track during competition. Also, attendance has been low, only 21 participants in 2016, partially due to the time of the meet in the early evening on a Tuesday.
With the Rochesterfest parade moving to a Saturday afternoon, the race directors of the two events thought it would make sense to combine the races and try to make a premier event in southeastern Minnesota. The Rochesterfest race, now in its fifth year, is held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, just prior to the Rochesterfest parade, which until this year had been held Friday evenings.
The run is a fund-raiser for YMCA Camp Olson, which promotes programs that help children and adults have a healthy spirit, mind and body. Camp Olson also provides scholarship assistance to ensure that children who want to attend Camp Olson can do so, regardless of financial limitations, thus supporting the mission of RTC.
Because the race won't be free to RTC members anymore, a substantial discount is available (see event story). The race course will be USTAF certified and results submitted as a qualified race for Minnesota Runner of the Year.
In 2016, only four one-mile races were available for runners competing for USTAF runner of the year and none were in southern Minnesota.
However, the race will continue to be a popular race for runners of all speeds since many Camp Olson supporters, including walkers and young children, participate in the race.