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Colleen Ihnken

Colleen Ihnken

Colleen Ihnken

Home Base
Frisco, CO
Occupation
Nurse Practitioner
Years on Atlas Racing
13
Story

I think it might have been Danelle Ballangee who encouraged me to give snowshoe racing a try. Despite spending most of my time face down in the snow disentangling myself from myself that first race, I was hooked! What a freakin’ aerobic workout! I love the grassroots feel and camaraderie. I prefer technical, steep courses: being in the woods, hopping over logs, jumping over streams, snowshoe “skiing” down steeps. Some of my accomplishments include first places at Swift Skedaddle, Turquoise Lake, Overall place finishes at the State Championships and this year I was the Colorado State Champion. On my birthday this year I won the master’s division North American Randonee Championships.

Accomplishments
  • 1st place Huairasinchi Expedition Race, Ecuador.
  • 1st place Mary's Loop Run, women's division.
  • 2nd place female, COSMIC Randonnee Series, telemark division.
  • Adventure Xstream, Team Eolus, currently 1st place overall.
  • Teva Games Ultimate Mountain Challenge, 6th place female (after driving mountain bike into parking garage and borrowing a replacement bike and leaving my front wheel for time trial at home - wasn't my best weekend)
  • Lake City 50 - my first 50-mile trail run - 1st place 40 - 45, 7th female overall
  • 12 hour Adventure Xstream, Buena Vista, 2nd place Elite division.
  • Swift Skeddaddle Snowshoe Race Silverthorne, First place female.
  • Swift Skeddadle Snowshoe Race USSSA National Qualifier, Breckenridge, Colorado, First place female 40-49.
  • Loveland Cosmic Randonnee Rally Race, 2nd place Telemark Division.
  • Arapahoe Basin Marmot Grind, 2nd place Telemark Division.
  • Xterra Winter Worlds, 2nd female 40 - 49
  • Lake City 50 –– 1st place 40 – 45
  • Summit Trail Running Series Champion, Female, Age 40-49
  • Solomon 7 K Gold Rush Snowshoe Race, 1st female.
  • Sage Burner 50 K, 1st place female, 40 – 49
  • Elk Mountain Traverse Backcountry Ski Race, 2nd place female team 40 – 49.
  • Swift Skedaddle Snowshoe Race, 2nd female
  • Turquoise Lake 20 mile Snowshoe Race, 1st female
  • Run For the Mountains 10 K trail race, 1st female
  • Run Rabbit Run, 50-mile trail race, 1st female, Master’s division.
  • Swift Skeddadle Snowshoe Race USSSA National Qualifier, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2nd place female 40-49.
  • Arapahoe Basin Marmot Grind, 1st place Telemark Division.
  • Season Goals
    I always enjoy Pedal Power’s series and would like to do most of them. Perhaps I’ll even give the Winter Tri a try. I’d still like to make it over to Redstone for their Snowshoe Festival. Race at least 2 of the BC races. Of course the Swift Skedaddle. I’ll do some Rando races too. My goal is always to at least place in my age group.