SISU Award

SISU Award 2019-01-20T14:14:11-06:00

Runners who choose to run the challenging Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty 30 for their first ultra running race and finish under 10 hours are awarded the SISU AWARD.

Sisu
(see’-soo) noun.

Extraordinary endurance in the face of adversity · persistence, determination, guts · full of courage, tenacity, resolve, willpower, and an indomitable spirit.

Sisu is a Finnish word that cannot be translated metaphrastically into the English language,

but it refers to the idea of continuing to act even in the face of repeated failures and extreme odds. It is a way of living life by displaying perseverance even when you have reached the end of your mental and physical capacities. During the Winter War, the extreme mental toughness of Sisu was all the Finnish soldiers could rely on.

Sisu runs even deeper than grit. It is a type of mental toughness that allows you to bear the burden of your responsibilities, whatever they happen to be, with a will and perseverance that is unbreakable. It is the ability to sustain your action and fight against extreme odds. Sisu extends beyond perseverance. It is what you rely on when you feel like you have nothing left.

“SISU” Award Recipients

Sisu Award Recipients

First Last City State Country Time Year
Scott Spillman Morrison CO USA 4:54:14 2015
Dylan Marx Cedar City UT USA 4:57:56 2018
Adam Loomis Kamas UT USA 5:10:48 2018
Stephen Pretak Fort Collins CO USA 5:13:24 2017
Matthew Kempton Golden CO USA 5:14:27 2018
Cale Allen Denver CO USA 5:25:45 2017
Kyle O’Brien Arvada CO USA 5:26:57 2015
Seth Wealing Boulder CO USA 5:29:47 2017
Madeline Mckeever Denver CO USA 5:30:15 2018
Jonathan Rea Golden CO USA 5:32:56 2015
Andrew Biglow Littleton CO USA 5:36:12 2016
Nate Hatleback Denver CO USA 5:41:01 2018
Nick Stengl LONGMONT CO USA 5:41:28 2017
Jordan Kremer Durango CO USA 5:42:31 2018
Emily Hannah Bozeman MT USA 5:42:57 2018
Tyler Johnson Denver CO USA 5:43:33 2016
Zachary Morrow Broomfield CO USA 5:49:52 2015
Taylor Nowlin Westminster CO USA 5:58:12 2016
David Boyd Fort Collins CO USA 6:00:32 2016
Michael Raczuk Denver CO USA 6:01:01 2015
Greg Horvath Boulder CO USA 6:01:31 2017
Rebecca Boyd Boulder CO USA 6:01:39 2017
Peter Graf Boulder CO USA 6:02:37 2013
Greg Giordano Loveland CO USA 6:04:15 2017
tori tyler Oakland CA USA 6:08:34 2017
Jed Morgan Loveland CO USA 6:10:06 2017
Thomas Korbecki Black Hawk CO USA 6:10:33 2015
Scott Mehring Denver CO USA 6:10:45 2018
Travis Brown Ft. Collins CO USA 6:13:00 2015
Michael Tevebaugh Denver CO USA 6:13:23 2016
Dhruv Kedar Boulder CO USA 6:15:53 2016
Joshua Carey Denver CO USA 6:18:36 2018
Philip Rhodes Broomfield CO USA 6:23:44 2017
Jimmy Picard Salt Lake City UT USA 6:24:16 2017
Derek Houtz Boulder CO USA 6:24:43 2016
Leigh Terry Boulder CO USA 6:27:18 2017
Jeff Maybach Westminster CO USA 6:29:56 2016
Michael Martinez Colorado Springs CO USA 6:30:57 2016
Jared Winick Denver CO USA 6:31:08 2016
Jason Vieth boulder CO USA 6:35:46 2017
Bryan Galante Conifer CO USA 6:36:43 2017
Erika Stasakova Harkins Broomfield CO USA 6:36:51 2017
Brevin Currier Grand Junction CO USA 6:40:47 2017
Julie Powell Colorado Spgs CO USA 6:41:36 2018
Colin Jaskiewicz Boulder CO USA 6:41:50 2016
Benjamin P BOULDER CO USA 6:41:50 2018
Taylor Rice Boulder CO USA 6:45:23 2017
Craig Dixon Golden CO USA 6:45:31 2017
Matthew Davis Knife River MN USA 6:45:52 2018
Whitney Barrett Golden CO USA 6:46:35 2017
Chris Muir Boulder CO USA 6:46:50 2015
Michael Rosenberg Seattle WA USA 6:47:10 2018
Oliver Cunningham Denver CO USA 6:49:19 2017
Eric Stoutenburg Boulder CO USA 6:52:01 2017
Patrick Murray Lakewood CO USA 6:53:48 2018
Peter Hogan Carbondale CO USA 6:54:02 2018
Alex Cummings Wheat Ridge CO USA 6:55:01 2016
Matthew Layman Denver CO USA 6:55:37 2018
Flannery Davis Boulder CO USA 6:58:49 2018
Jules Sherwood Littleton CO USA 6:59:14 2017
Jared Blank Indian hills CO USA 7:01:28 2017
Katherine Waller Boulder CO USA 7:01:43 2018
Kevin Kelly Evergreen CO USA 7:02:28 2015
Christopher Copenhaver Fort Collins CO USA 7:04:59 2017
Jennifer Brown Boulder CO USA 7:05:02 2017
Jesse Beuerlein Arvada CO USA 7:05:05 2017
Tony Monreal USA 7:06:06 2016
Brendan Davis Boulder CO USA 7:06:55 2017
Julie Germond Denver CO USA 7:07:15 2016
Maureen Condon Boulder CO USA 7:08:16 2017
Darren Ramdhan Las Vegas NV USA 7:08:16 2017
Nathan Evans Greeley CO USA 7:08:36 2017
Troy Coleman Denver CO USA 7:08:43 2017
Kevin Kaucher Golden CO USA 7:08:43 2017
Jill Badalati Durango CO USA 7:08:56 2017
James Coon Denver CO USA 7:09:00 2017
Alex Nelson Lakewood CO USA 7:09:29 2017
Richard Duke Boulder CO USA 7:09:59 2018
David Taylor Arvada CO USA 7:11:00 2016
Brandon Jeffs Morrison CO USA 7:11:37 2017
Rob Gonzales-Pita Boulder CO USA 7:11:40 2015
John Halfaker Denver CO USA 7:11:55 2018
Chloe Boehlke Colorado Springs CO USA 7:13:19 2017
Franny Vignola Denver CO USA 7:14:18 2017
Abby Mitchell Boulder CO USA 7:14:35 2016
Jesse Sweeney Saline MI USA 7:15:41 2018
Jonathan Van Dyke Fort Collins CO USA 7:16:11 2017
David Yarian Centennial CO USA 7:16:26 2018
Cliff Wege Black Hawk CO USA 7:17:04 2015
Kurt Achtenhagen Boulder CO USA 7:17:13 2015
Kristyn Meade Fort Collins CO USA 7:17:23 2017
Francy Lang Denver CO USA 7:17:29 2017
Ben Ducharme Denver CO USA 7:18:38 2018
Rachel Dedeyn Denver CO USA 7:18:39 2016
Jason Platt Arvada CO USA 7:18:51 2018
John Mccready Denver CO USA 7:18:52 2018
Kyle Murphy Calgary AB CAN 7:19:16 2017
Chad  Raper Colorado Springs CO USA 7:21:50 2015
Erin Kersten Boulder CO USA 7:22:12 2016
Allison Stiles Denver CO USA 7:24:29 2018
Noah Glick Denver CO USA 7:24:30 2018
Kathy Butler Nederland CO USA 7:28:03 2016
Frank Dworak Golden CO USA 7:28:23 2018
Tim Soneson Denver CO USA 7:28:40 2018
Chad Pranger Littleton CO USA 7:29:07 2018
Jesse Peragine Golden CO USA 7:30:55 2016
Joel Hartter Lafayette CO USA 7:31:07 2017
Gordon Anderson Boulder CO USA 7:31:24 2016
Melissa Estep Boulder CO USA 7:31:34 2017
Bailee Mulholland Boulder CO USA 7:31:34 2017
Laurie Heiner Denver CO USA 7:31:37 2017
Jesse Lauder Denver CO USA 7:32:23 2015
Jonathan Huber Denver CO USA 7:33:20 2018
Trent Nelson Boulder CO USA 7:34:07 2016
Daniel Telford Parker CO USA 7:34:19 2017
Mitch Campbell Boulder CO USA 7:34:22 2016
Preston Mandamin Winnipeg MB CAN 7:35:00 2017
Colton Becker Denver CO USA 7:35:16 2015
Patrick Williams Golden CO USA 7:35:51 2018
Sara Russell Boulder CO USA 7:35:53 2016
Andrew Huber Denver CO USA 7:36:06 2015
Sarah Boyum Denver CO USA 7:36:53 2016
Anna Murray Denver CO USA 7:37:24 2018
Derek Hancock Boulder CO USA 7:37:55 2018
Ryan Lepro Black Hawk CO USA 7:38:14 2016
Brian Gogas Denver CO USA 7:39:37 2017
Russ Rizzo Denver CO USA 7:39:44 2017
Devin Scannell Lafayette CO USA 7:40:06 2016
Kaitlin Pace Louisville CO USA 7:40:10 2017
Alan Kreisa Denver CO USA 7:41:03 2015
Gareth Coville Boulder CO USA 7:41:05 2018
Jeremy Pike Golden CO USA 7:41:21 2018
Bryan Wilson Lone Tree CO USA 7:42:02 2017
Roland Sesselmann Longmont CO USA 7:42:17 2018
Lana Grew Auckland NZL NZL 7:42:44 2017
Patrick Stimson Louisville CO USA 7:43:34 2017
Johna Iannitto Denver CO USA 7:44:10 2015
David Ciplet Louisville CO USA 7:44:11 2017
Ben Kirshner Boulder CO USA 7:44:11 2017
Kristin Burke Golden CO USA 7:46:11 2015
Eric White Dallas TX USA 7:47:54 2018
Chad Masching Golden CO USA 7:48:02 2018
Sean Strong Arvada CO USA 7:48:15 2018
Mark Wilcox Thornton CO USA 7:50:20 2017
Kristen Bartiss Woodway TX USA 7:50:23 2017
David Cook Denver CO USA 7:50:30 2016
Matt Dahl Boulder CO USA 7:50:30 2018
Jeff Ross Greenwood Village CO USA 7:51:36 2018
Tyler Cram Fort Lauderdale FL USA 7:51:37 2017
Pete Miller Golden CO USA 7:51:46 2018
Chad Garaide Boulder CO USA 7:52:16 2015
Zach Johnson Denver CO USA 7:52:49 2018
Ben Beezley Boulder CO USA 7:52:58 2017
Amber Allen Louisville CO USA 7:53:07 2016
John Scheid Denver CO USA 7:53:08 2016
Dain Clark Centennial CO USA 7:53:37 2018
Thomas Gathman Lakewood CO USA 7:53:55 2018
Ian Silberman Denver CO USA 7:54:36 2018
Gavin Maestas Richardson TX USA 7:55:12 2018
Hannah Miller Boulder CO USA 7:57:01 2016
Michael Reschly Boulder CO USA 7:57:28 2018
Kris Niles Conifer CO USA 7:57:34 2018
Jennifer Bellows Denver CO USA 7:58:11 2017
Robert Wood Boulder CO USA 7:58:19 2017
Kevin Doty Longmont CO USA 7:58:33 2016
Bret Poppleton Denver CO USA 7:59:09 2017
Laura Wyse Denver CO USA 7:59:40 2017
Isabel Burgess Boulder CO USA 7:59:56 2018
Michael Pao Louisville CO USA 8:00:12 2018
Kris Chapman Lakewood CO USA 8:01:01 2016
Leah Wasser Boulder CO USA 8:02:29 2018
Melissa Brizic colorado springs CO USA 8:04:20 2018
Jon Voigtmann Denver CO USA 8:04:35 2018
Adam Sampson Pine CO USA 8:04:53 2015
Lily Shiland Boulder CO USA 8:05:05 2018
Nick Tempel Westminster CO USA 8:06:12 2017
Wade Janecek Denver CO USA 8:06:14 2016
Jim Heafner Boulder CO USA 8:06:46 2018
Gregory Keogh Avon CO USA 8:06:47 2018
Adam Berke Fraser CO USA 8:08:08 2017
Angela Alton Denver CO USA 8:08:35 2017
Anthony Moorhouse Boulder CO USA 8:09:03 2016
Stephen Rosenman Denver CO USA 8:10:59 2015
Brianna Dulio Denver CO USA 8:11:29 2018
Derek Cicchitto Boulder CO USA 8:11:37 2017
Kristen Fedak Fort Collins CO USA 8:11:38 2016
Eric Cunningham Littleton CO USA 8:11:38 2017
Stephanie Riley Golden CO USA 8:12:13 2017
Emily Wasserman Denver CO USA 8:12:36 2018
Michael Yocius Denver CO USA 8:12:58 2018
Molly Wiley Boulder CO USA 8:13:18 2018
Nicholas Alcantara Denver CO USA 8:13:18 2018
Kevin Dunn North Las Vegas NV USA 8:13:38 2017
Eric Dude Boulder CO USA 8:13:39 2017
Victor Ortiz Centennial CO USA 8:13:42 2016
Sarah Powers Colorado Springs CO USA 8:14:53 2017
Michael Limback Golden CO USA 8:15:34 2017
Lauren Sepp Golden CO USA 8:16:07 2018
David Boersma Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:16:47 2017
Josh Quinn Aurora CO USA 8:17:03 2015
Kimberly Buxton Golden CO USA 8:17:03 2017
Jennifer Cancellier Colorado Springs CO USA 8:17:40 2018
Noah Kieser Longmont CO USA 8:18:32 2018
Shannon Merriman Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:19:54 2016
Andrew Vargo Denver CO USA 8:20:36 2015
Kat Wiranowski Boulder CO USA 8:22:37 2018
Chris George Golden CO USA 8:22:47 2016
Simon Roberts Morrison CO USA 8:22:49 2017
Joel Steidl Denver CO USA 8:22:50 2016
Scott Turpin Golden CO USA 8:24:13 2016
Sarah O’neil Denver CO USA 8:24:34 2018
Matthew Pennington Lafayette CO USA 8:25:01 2017
Boswell Wing Montreal QC USA 8:25:34 2016
Patricia Decoster Denver CO USA 8:25:44 2018
Paul Kacsmar Longmont CO USA 8:28:21 2017
Rosie Hale Denver CO USA 8:28:25 2018
Erik Hopkins Eldorado Springs CO USA 8:30:06 2016
Rachael Martindale Boulder CO USA 8:32:48 2017
Jennifer Quigley Boulder CO USA 8:33:18 2017
Josh Hughes grand junction CO USA 8:33:30 2017
Tom Lamond Brooklyn NY USA 8:35:08 2016
Derek Kimmerle Idaho Springs CO USA 8:35:17 2018
Raymond Kessler – Ison Denver CO USA 8:35:41 2015
Jc Pinkett Golden CO USA 8:36:09 2018
Peter Gaudreau Denver CO USA 8:36:41 2017
Eric Holle Erie CO USA 8:38:20 2015
Jeanne Bascuk Longmont CO USA 8:39:44 2018
Brian Ceccanti Denver CO USA 8:39:55 2018
Jesssica Vanderkwaak Denver CO USA 8:40:34 2016
Mark Molinari Chicago IL USA 8:41:05 2016
Jennifer Wescott Frisco CO USA 8:41:55 2017
Justin Bastin Boulder CO USA 8:42:09 2018
Kristine Bastin boulder CO USA 8:42:11 2018
Rebekah Stewart Ridgway CO USA 8:42:34 2018
Lucien Meadows Fort Collins CO USA 8:42:44 2018
Katt Clarke Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:43:17 2018
Ryan Clarke Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:43:17 2018
Raymond Mendoza Broomfield CO USA 8:43:24 2017
Joshua Craig Littleton CO USA 8:43:41 2018
Danell Doyle Longmont CO USA 8:44:13 2018
David Laswell Boulder CO USA 8:44:35 2018
Tyler Sewell Denver CO USA 8:44:57 2017
Philip Pelto Westminster CO USA 8:45:00 2015
Ian Talbot Commerce City CO USA 8:46:13 2012
Dustin Rule Aurora CO USA 8:48:05 2018
Felix Petit Boulder CO USA 8:48:44 2017
Evgeny Vinnik Bellevue WA USA 8:48:46 2018
Laura Parker Denver CO USA 8:49:25 2016
Mike Harsh Denver CO USA 8:50:09 2017
Sheri Rosa Thornton CO USA 8:51:02 2017
Sara Foster Denver CO USA 8:51:39 2015
Ryan Andrist Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:51:44 2015
Nick Sisneros Westminster CO USA 8:52:24 2017
Adam Elabd Golden CO USA 8:53:05 2018
Alyson Wiedenheft Boulder CO USA 8:53:27 2017
Samantha Caravello Denver CO USA 8:55:23 2018
Matthew Baron Boulder CO USA 8:55:26 2016
Michael Halford Denver CO USA 8:55:27 2018
Josh Kerns arvada CO USA 8:55:51 2017
Michael Flynn Boulder CO USA 8:55:52 2016
Masamitsu Matsuno Columbus IN USA 8:55:57 2017
Jake Sorrell Newton KS USA 8:56:01 2018
Danielle Ardan Lafayette CO USA 8:56:14 2016
Casey Krizman Centennial CO USA 8:56:16 2018
Ben Stuckey Littleton CO USA 8:56:22 2017
Chris Casey Layatette CO USA 8:57:37 2015
Johnny Drozkek Boulder CO USA 8:57:41 2015
Steven Hird Boulder CO USA 8:57:46 2015
Jacob Sklar Longmont CO USA 8:58:53 2018
Ariel Steele Loveland CO USA 8:59:36 2018
Ingrid Young Loveland CO USA 9:00:03 2017
Itay Halevy Herut ISR ISR 9:00:13 2016
Jacob Gittler Westminster CO USA 9:01:25 2017
Julie Frisbey Lakewood CO USA 9:05:07 2017
Greg Ryan Denver CO USA 9:05:36 2015
Justin Schaller Lake elsinore CA USA 9:06:39 2017
Eric Shields Charlottesville VA USA 9:07:06 2018
William Putnam Parksley VA USA 9:07:19 2016
Crystin Rodrick Denver CO USA 9:08:09 2018
Ruby Bolster Denver CO USA 9:09:04 2018
Allison Davis Boulder CO USA 9:09:50 2018
Natalie Kille Broomfield CO USA 9:09:50 2018
Tim McNamara Colorado Springs CO USA 9:11:54 2015
Jonathan Michels Lakewood CO USA 9:15:41 2018
Ryan Schmitz Boulder CO USA 9:18:46 2018
Kyl Rusk Denver CO USA 9:18:59 2018
Kristi Gladem Lakewood CO USA 9:20:18 2018
Richard Sitton Denver CO USA 9:21:05 2015
Constance Coman Woodland CA USA 9:21:18 2018
Sabrina Farmer Louisville CO USA 9:22:28 2015
Shintaro Kato Boulder CO USA 9:23:18 2016
Devon Winkles Washington DC USA 9:23:58 2017
Neil Fisher Sussex WI USA 9:24:55 2017
Chelsea Cook Lafayette CO USA 9:27:42 2018
Sierra Horton Boulder CO USA 9:28:21 2018
Jen Burke Boulder CO USA 9:29:59 2016
Erica Garrett Denver CO USA 9:30:20 2017
Gavin Weaver Batavia IL USA 9:34:59 2016
Trevor Banks Arvada CO USA 9:35:04 2018
Emily Andrews Denver CO USA 9:38:08 2018
Amy Drees Silverthorne CO USA 9:39:57 2016
Gordon Harvey Colorado Springs CO USA 9:40:27 2016
Jason Cannan Conifer CO USA 9:40:28 2016
Chris Calcao Boulder CO USA 9:40:46 2018
Hilary Davies Broomfield CO USA 9:40:52 2018
Michael Vetter Westminster CO USA 9:41:50 2016
Ashley Shamus Clarks Summit PA USA 9:41:56 2015
Spring Jones Green River WY USA 9:42:05 2015
Fangyu Liu Golden CO USA 9:42:06 2018
Mark Barkmeier Westminster CO USA 9:42:15 2018
Josie Knapp Lafayette CO USA 9:42:41 2018
Meg Martin Golden CO USA 9:44:07 2018
Lawrence Maggitti Boulder CO USA 9:46:56 2018
Megan Ackley Denver CO USA 9:48:21 2016
Kate Wagner GOLDEN CO USA 9:50:30 2018
Nick Brogna Arvada CO USA 9:50:45 2016
Loni Gray Fort Collins CO USA 9:51:47 2017
Brittany Sliter Lakewood CO USA 9:51:50 2017
Katie McKenna Denver CO USA 9:52:03 2016
Brandon McCarthy Denver CO USA 9:52:37 2015
Laura Waldrop Arvada CO USA 9:54:28 2018
Bill Lucey Denver CO USA 9:55:27 2017
Tanya Anderson Highlands Ranch CO USA 9:56:25 2016
Jim Desordi Omaha NE USA 9:58:34 2015
Corinne Magid Golden CO USA 10:05:15 2017
Beth Marvel Louisville CO USA 10:05:58 2018
Steven Wagner Lakewood CO USA 10:09:38 2018
Olivia Stransky Denver CO USA 10:11:05 2016
Ricardo Bottome Boulder CO USA 10:12:40 2018
Katie Kelly Dublin CA USA 10:19:37 2017
Patricia Miller New York NY USA 10:22:18 2017
Deanna Murphy Aurora CO USA 10:23:31 2018
Meredith Oneill Richfield MN USA 10:24:28 2016
Molly DiCroce Lafayette CO USA 10:27:58 2015
Ben Tynes Westminster CO USA 10:30:18 2016
Ed Gutman Oakland CA USA 10:30:40 2015
Merry Carol Porter Denver CO USA 10:32:22 2017
Amy Greensfelder Baltimore MD USA 10:33:40 2017
Joseph Wright Centennial CO USA 10:34:43 2017
Adam Kirsch Broomfield CO USA 10:36:23 2018
Erica Tanamachi Fairfax CA USA 10:36:29 2018
Joseph Comsti Fort Collins CO USA 10:36:29 2018
Carlos Rodriguez Wichita KS USA 10:37:03 2017
Mallory Fleming Denver CO USA 10:39:45 2017
Melissa Evans Boulder CO USA 10:42:46 2015
Jill Hamilton Ft. Collins CO USA 10:53:58 2016
Nicholas Holmes Centennial CO USA 10:56:20 2016
Laura Luhn Denver CO USA 10:59:48 2015
Steve Decker Indianapolis IN USA 11:04:10 2018
Ariel Hellenbrand Lodi WI USA 11:13:31 2018
Adam Gears Bloomington MN USA 11:14:45 2016
Jen McFarlin Denver CO USA 12:17:19 2016