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RSST’s Picnic will be held at the Canfieldwood Lodge in Mendon Ponds Park on Sunday, June 4th from Noon-4:00. All skaters, family and friends of RSST are welcome.

Map: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/parks/jan%2015%20mpp%20map.pdf

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Congrats to RSST’s group of Pink Ribbon 5K lady runners and those doing the 2.5 Mile Family Walk to benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester on Mother’s Day. Thank you to Jerry Roberts and all volunteers for a great event!

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**************************************************************************************RSST provided “servers” for the 1st water stop of the Fleet Feet Flower City Half Marathon and 5K on a very chilly, mostly rainy Sunday April 30th. We spent several hours filling and handing cups to several thousand runners. Great time at Frontier Field!

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Beth Tarduno and husband John ran a Half-Marathon in Vienna on April 23rd! Beth and John and Holly Turner participated in a muddy Medved trail run in Mendon Ponds Park on May 7th, celebrating Beth’s birthday with friends at the finish line. Congrats all!

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Tuesday, March 21st concluded the RSST 2016-17 ice season. Many thanks to our dedicated coaches, supportive families and enthusiastic skater for a great year! The following photos from our last session thanks to Rita LaVeck  Photography.
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Some of our skaters competed off-ice during February: Joanie Sewert/2:41 ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon on the 26th; Beth Tarduno ran snowshoe races including Feb 4th Little Rodent 5 mile, Feb 18 Cummings Nature Center 10K and the World Championship 7.5K in Saranac Lake on a balmy 58 degrees on Feb 25th; Tom and Weston Rossborough and Jerry Roberts completed the Fleet Feet Snow Cheap Trail races with #6 on Feb 22. For the 6-race series Tom placed 2nd M50-59; Jerry 3rd M60-69 and Weston 5th 20-29. Congrats all!

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Congrats to RSST’s young skaters who competed at the Jack Byrne Championships on February 17th with great times! Group photo with retro banner includes skaters with Coach/Olympian Cathy Turner and RSST president Don Goodman. (Jeff Tara photos)

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Congrats to all the Charles Jewtraw All Around Championship skaters in balmy Lake Placid February 18-19. Pictured are RSST’s Kathy Feinberg, winner of the F50-59 division and former RSSTer Sydney Terpening, winner of FJunior B and also the All Around Female winner. Way to go ladies! Congrats to RSSTer Nate Feinberg winner of the M50-59 and Fletcher Codd, another former RSST skater who is a Junior skater and was 2nd in the Senior division. Great skate all and congrats Lake Placid Coach Tom Miller on another successful event (and Syd and Fletcher’s coach).
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Over the weekend Tom Miller’s Lake Placid Speed Skating hosted the National Long Track Age Division Championships and 3 current RSST skaters competed and placed in their divisions. Congrats to Coach Julie Gehring, 3rd overall Senior Ladies; Kathy Feinberg, 2nd overall 50-59 Ladies; Nate Feinberg, 3rd overall 50-59 Men. Also overall medalists are 2 former RSST skaters now training in Lake Placid with Coach Tom Miller: Sydney Terpening, 1st Junior B Ladies and Fletcher Codd, 2nd Senior Men.

 

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RSST’s  youngest skaters and “new recruits” having a great practice Saturday 02/11, many getting ready for the Jack Byrne Meet in Syracuse on 02/18.

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Clive and Evan participated in the Empire State Games with great times! They are pictured with Coach Karen Verrone getting ready for their Long Track 1000M.

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Several RSSTers participated in off-ice races the last week of January.
*Joanie Sewert/34:39 was 3rd F65-69 at the Chilly Chili 5K in Cazenovia on Jan 22.
*Jerry Roberts and Tom and Weston Rossborough ran the Fleet Feet Snow Cheap #4 on the slippery hills of Cobbs Hill Park on Jan 25. Tom/29:50 was 1st M50-59 and 10/189 overall. Weston/34:24 placed 3rd M20-29 and Jerry/40:17 was 2nd M60-69.
*On Jan 28, Beth Tarduno/5K and husband John/15K ran in the Stone Wall Snowshoe race in snowy Mannsville. Congrats all!

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Congrats to skaters Coach Julie Gehring and Kathy and Nate Feinberg! They competed on the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid on February 21/22 at the Jaffe Championships. Julie: 1st in 500, 1000 and 3000 and 2nd in 1500 in LSA division. Kathy was 1st in 1500, 5000 (1st overall) and 1000 and 2nd in 500 in L55 division. Nate placed 2nd in 500, 1500, 5000 (3rd overall) and 1000 in M55. That’s a lot of skating – way to go!

Kathy also competed in the US Masters Meet at the Pettit National Ice Center in WI on February 14-15 and placed 1st F55 in 500, 1000, 1500, 3000 and 5000. Yay Kathy!

(And thank you to the WI meet skater (?) who posted these 2 photos I borrowed. Lake Placid photo: Julie G (right) and Sarah C/Syracuse)

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Dates have been finalized for RSST’s 2017 Learn To Speed Skate and include Saturday and Tuesday choices from January 21-March 7. Information and registration:

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On Saturday some of the youngest members of RSST competed in races at Genesee Valley with PRs for all! Congrats skaters and coaches. (Jeff Tara photos)

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Congrats to RSST skaters Nate and Kathy Feinberg! They are bringing home many medals – and memories – from the Masters REVIVAL speed skating meet in Italy. Held at Baselga di Pine on December 10-11 with Kathy (F55) winning Gold in 500, 3000 and 5000 meters and Nate (M55) winning Gold in 500, 5000 and 10,000 meters. Proudly skating for RSST and USA!

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RSST sends a sincere “Thank You” to Coach/Skater Alec Lang as he begins his RIT Mechanical Engineering co-op at GE Aviation in Cincinnati OH next semester. Alec, a Connecticut native, began skating with us in 2014 when he was a freshman at RIT and soon began coaching. He has been a valuable asset to the Team and to the Learn to Speed Skate program. Best wishes Alec and we look forward to your return!

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Congrats to skater Joanie Sewert/34:07 5th of 56 F65-70; her daughter Shelly/23:59 3rd of 263 F40-44; and friends Cathy H, Kathy P and Monica! They, along with 4000 others, completed the It’s A Wonderful Run 5K in Seneca Falls (the REAL Bedford Falls) on December 10th. Check out the Christmas spirit at www.itsawonderfulrun5k.com

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A few off-the-ice recent activities: Jerry Roberts ran his 16th Race with Grace 10K on Thanksgiving Day with 1000 others and placed 7th of 24 M65-69. Jerry joined 6 RSST ladies-Beth, Tina, Holly, Donna, Marie and Cathy- for the Santa Bike Ride on December 3rd. 70 Santas/Elves rode around Rochester, stopping to sing carols along the way on a cold, windy day. Congrats all!

***********************************************************************Saturday, December 3rd, RSST skaters posed for this Mannequin Challenge. Many hadn’t heard of this but with 30 seconds of instruction, positioning by Coach Alec, and videoed by skater Mia M. we have this. Only did one take and note the small movements to prove it isn’t a stop action picture!

 

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Fall 2016 Learn to Speed Skate now being held. Pictured are some of the participants. Further information on the Learn to Speed Skate page.

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Congrats to RSST skaters who competed in the Buffalo Short Track Meet on October 22 & 23!  Pictured are Clive Wright and Joshua Tara, current RSST members and Sydney Terpening, a former RSST skater and a current long track champion now living/training in Lake Placid. Adam Horeth, a former RSSTer and now training in Milwaukee also competed in Buffalo.  A great meet – thank you Buffalo Speedskating Club and all volunteers. (Thanks to Jeff Tara for the photos.)

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Check out the Learn to Speed Skate page for information on the first LTSS session of the 2016-17 season. LTSS will begin November 12th and you must pre-register.

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Coach Tom Rossborough and son Weston ran in Battle of Bristol July 29 & 30 on some extreme hills at the ski center. On Friday evening they did the Vertical Kilometer up the face and Tom/15:09 was 1st M50-59 and 6th of 96 Overall; Weston/21:13 2nd M20-29.

On Saturday Tom/8:34;24 took on the hills in a 50K (31+ miles) and placed 1st M50-59, 3rd Overall on a rainy day in Bristol. Many DNFs in this race. Weston/1:34 ran the 10K that morning, placed 1st M20-29 winning his first race ever. Congrats Rossboroughs! Several teammates were there to cheer them on. (photos: teammate supporters, Tom near finish and on trail, Wes and his mom Marie)

 

Congrats to skaters Joanie Sewert, Beth Tarduno, Holly Turner and friends Dan, John T, Mike V and Kathy P who participated in the Highlander 100K/64.5 Mile ride through the hilly roads around the west side of Canandaigua Lake on a hot Saturday, July 23.2016 highlander
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Coach Tom Rossborough and Brian Waldock will lead Summer Workouts at Cobbs Hill Reservoir (aka Torture on the Hill) on Tuesdays at 6:00 during the summer. Thanks Tom and Brian!

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On July 9th several RSSTers competed in the Mini-Mussel Sprint Triathlon at Seneca Lake/Geneva. Pictured: Joanie Sewert/2:12 2nd F65-69; Joanie’s daughter Shelly Connors/1:39 10th F40-44; Beth Tarduno/2:08 5th F60-64; and Jayne Knolton/2:19 22nd F50-54. Congrats ladies! Holly Turner/2:19 competed in the Shoreline Half Marathon on July 16, the 3rd of her 4 seasons half marathons. Yeah Holly!

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Several of your teammates spent some time competing on track and trails the past week. On Friday, June 10 Donna and Jerry ran the McMullen Mile at Nazareth College’s track. Donna/9:10 was 1st F60-64 and Jerry/7:04 was 2nd M65-69.

On Wednesday, June 15 at Lucien Morin Park Coach Tom and Weston Rossborough ran the Dirt Cheap Trail Run #3 (of 6 this summer). Tom/29:46 was 1st M50-54 and 5th overall of series runners; Weston/39:50 was 3rd M20-24.

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RSST Picnic, June 5th at Mendon Ponds Park – a great way to start our summer training, on and off the ice.


Congrats to RSST Coach/Skater Julie Gehring and to Master Skater Tina McKean! In May, Julie received her MSEd degree in Literacy Education from Medaille College in Buffalo and Tina receive her MBA in Business/Marketing from Sanders College of Business at RIT. Way to go ladies!


On Saturday, May 7th Holly Turner/2:00:05 ran the inaugural Right to Run 19K (approx. 11.8 miles) in Seneca Falls, home of the Women’s Rights Museum. Congrats Holly!   On Sunday, several RSST skaters and friends ran the Pink Ribbon 5K at Genesee Valley Park. This was the 15th year of the event and Tina McKean has run in all of them.     Pictured are: Eva Culacova/29:28, Tina’s friend Georgie S./27:42, Tina McKean/34:34, Donna Roberts/30:33, Michelle Shayne/30:34, and Julianna Wright/35:21 (skater Clive’s mother). Congrats ladies and thanks to Road Marshall Jerry Roberts and volunteers.

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Congrats to RSST skaters Weston Rossborough/1:54 and Holly Turner/2:18 (both in blue) who ran Fleet Feet Rochester’s Flower City Challenge Half Marathon on 4/24. They toured some of the city’s great streets and the Mt. Hope Cemetery, “home” of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. And thank you to the RSST volunteers who staffed the water stop at Frontier Field.

Congrats to RSST master skater Joanie Sewert for completing the Boston 5K last Saturday, her first race since December knee surgery. Some of RSST’s Cobbs Hill running friends also ran the 5K and are pictured with Joanie (Mike V’s dgtr Emily, Jane K, Mike V, Kathy P and Joanie). 2 days later Mike ran his first Boston Marathon/3:55 and also Larry Beck, a former RSSTer now living in WA ran his first Boston/3:26. Congrats all!

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Congrats to Coach Tom Rossborough who completed the 27.5 mile Breakneck Point Hike on 04/16 in Beacon, NY. The event included 10,000 of accumulated gain and recommended for only very experienced outdoorsmen. Congrats on a great finish Tom!

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A very successful skating season ended in March and now RSST looks forward to the off-season Cobbs Hill workouts – beginning date TBA. Thank you to our dedicated coaches, president, board, parents, families and friends.

The annual RSST meeting will be held on Saturday, April 16th/9:30am at Merrill Lynch, 1241 Pittsford Palmyra Rd. in Pittsford. Please contact President Don Goodman if you have something to add to the agenda.



Congrats to RSST’s Kathy Feinberg who competed at the Master Allround Games in Leeuwaarden, Netherlands March 4-6! Karen Verrone traveled with Kathy and they were joined by six other skaters from the U.S. that many of us know and have competed with: John Diemont, Theron Sands, Joanna Walter, Vince Morris and NYers Glenn Corso and Marty Haire. Congrats all!

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Congrats to Fleet Feet’s Snow Cheap Trail Run finishers from RSST! This is a series of 6 races held every other Wednesday night during the past few months in dark, hilly, muddy, icy, sometimes snowy Cobbs Hill. At the conclusion of race #6 last night, Coach Tom was presented a medal for winning M50-59 for the series and was 3rd overall. Strong finishes by Weston Rossborough/39:59 5th in M20-29 last night and 5th in series; Donna Roberts/57:17, 2nd for F60-69 series; Jerry Roberts/57:16 2nd last night and 6th series M60-69 and Eva Culacova/57:16 10th in F50-59 race #6.
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Congrats to the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse skaters participating in the 2016 Kids/Novice Mini Meet – Clash of the Cats – at Genesee Valley Arena on Saturday, February 20. Thank you to Coach Karen Verrone for directing the event and to RSST’s coaches, skaters, families and friends for volunteering and making this a fun meet. A special thanks to Dan Judd, father of skater Liam, for the outstanding photos of the event – Meet Album.

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Congrats to Nate and Kathy Feinberg on their National Marathon Championships performance at the Pettit Center in Wisconsin February 19-20. They each won their age divisions in both the 25K and the 50K. Great skate Feinbergs! Next weekend they will head to the Netherlands to compete, along with RSST teammate Karen Verrone.

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February news: 1. Congrats to all skaters at Empire State Games especially Evan Phillips of RSST in pre-scholastic with 2 medals, and Coach Julie Gehring with 7 medals in LT and ST. 2 former RSST skaters now training in Lake Placid won Golds in LT – Sydney Terpening and Fletcher Codd and Syd also came away with Gold in ST.

2. Congrats to Kathy and Nate Feinberg who competed at the LT U.S. Master Nationals and World Open Championships in Milwaukee. Kathy raced to 4 U.S. wins/F50 and dominated in the 1500 and 3000 World Open division. Nate raced to the 5000M national title/M55 and had strong finishes in all races.
3. Also in Milwaukee, Sydney won the Long Track Junior C Ladies Champion title and also set a new 1500M national record. Congrats Syd and Coach Tom Miller!
(photo: Sydney and Julie, golden girls at Empires)
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The final Learn to Speed Skate sessions for the 2015-16 season began on January 23rd. If you are interested in LTSS for the next season check out the Learn to Speed Skate page.

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Congrats to the RSST skaters who competed in the Jack Byrne Short Track Championships in Syracuse on January 16. These young skaters brought home many personal best times. Congrats to skaters and dedicated coaches! Pictured: Holden and Josh; skaters with the Team’s vintage Club banner – Evan, Holden, Clive and Josh; missing Hunter and Anthony.

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Congrats to RSSTers who competed on and off the ice the past week! Holly Turner finished the Winter Warrior Half Marathon on 01/09 several weeks after surgery for a broken wrist in 2:19. 01/13 Snow Cheap Trail Run #3: Tom Rossborough/22:23 1st M50-59; WestonRossborough/26:50 4th 20-29; Eva Culocova/38:45 14th of 40 50-59; Donna Roberts/39:10 2nd F60-69; Jerry Roberts/39:10 4th M60-69. Two former RSST skaters now training in Lake Placid with coach Tom Miller competed at the Long Track Junior Nationals in Wisconsin. Sydney Terpening earned the over all Silver Medal Junior C Ladies and Fletcher Codd was 4th in Junior Men.

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Congrats Kathy and Nate Feinberg! At Marathon de Quebec on December 19-20 in the 25K Nate was 3rd/M50-59 and Kathy 4th/F50-59 and in the Defi de l’heure Nate was 4th overall and Kathy 11th overall. Results and photos.2015 12 Marathon de Quebec feinbergs


Congrats to the RSST skaters who participated Saturday morning in a mini meet. Kids and novice adults, some only skating for a short time, posted many PBs. The morning also included an open house and LOTS of cookies, candy and some healthy food. Thanks coaches, volunteers and families. Photo: Coach Karen V. distributing awards to some of the skaters.

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The Rochester Speed Skating Team meets 3 times a week at the Genesee Valley Ice Arena on Elmwood Avenue in Rochester, NY. There are approximately 45 skaters age 4-80 who participate in the training sessions. The Team’s coaches are all competitive speed skaters with a number of them having skated to national and international titles on the Master (over 30) level. Several of our teen skaters went on to train at centers in Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin with several competing on a world team. RSST conducts Learn to Speed Skate sessions several times during the season and anyone interested in learning the sport may email info@rochesterspeedskating.org for further information. Also check out Rochester Speed Skating Team on Facebook or contact RSST at: info@rochesterspeedskating.org


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