Runners who choose to run the challenging Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty 30 for their first ultra running race and finish 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

First Last City State Time Year
Scott Spillman Morrison CO 4:54:14 2015
Kyle O’Brien Arvada CO 5:26:57 2015
Jonathan Rea Golden CO 5:32:56 2015
Andrew Biglow Littleton CO 5:36:12 2016
Tyler Johnson Denver CO 5:43:33 2016
Zachary Morrow Broomfield CO 5:49:52 2015
Taylor Nowlin Westminster CO 5:58:12 2016
David Boyd Fort Collins CO 6:00:32 2016
Michael Raczuk Denver CO 6:01:01 2015
Peter Graf Boulder CO 6:02:37 2013
Thomas Korbecki Black Hawk CO 6:10:33 2015
Travis Brown Ft. Collins CO 6:13:00 2015
Michael Tevebaugh Denver CO 6:13:23 2016
Dhruv Kedar Boulder CO 6:15:53 2016
Derek Houtz Boulder CO 6:24:43 2016
Jeff Maybach Westminster CO 6:29:56 2016
Michael Martinez Colorado Springs CO 6:30:57 2016
Jared Winick Denver CO 6:31:08 2016
Colin Jaskiewicz Boulder CO 6:41:50 2016
Chris Muir Boulder CO 6:46:50 2015
Alex Cummings Wheat Ridge CO 6:55:01 2016
Kevin Kelly Evergreen CO 7:02:28 2015
Tony Monreal 7:06:06 2016
Julie Germond Denver CO 7:07:15 2016
David Taylor Arvada CO 7:11:00 2016
Rob Gonzales-Pita Boulder CO 7:11:40 2015
Abby Mitchell Boulder CO 7:14:35 2016
Cliff Wege Black Hawk CO 7:17:04 2015
Kurt Achtenhagen Boulder CO 7:17:13 2015
Rachel Dedeyn Denver CO 7:18:39 2016
Chad Raper Colorado Springs CO 7:21:50 2015
Erin Kersten Boulder CO 7:22:12 2016
Kathy Butler Nederland CO 7:28:03 2016
Jesse Peragine Golden CO 7:30:55 2016
Gordon Anderson Boulder CO 7:31:24 2016
Jesse Lauder Denver CO 7:32:23 2015
Trent Nelson Boulder CO 7:34:07 2016
Mitch Campbell Boulder CO 7:34:22 2016
Colton Becker Denver CO 7:35:16 2015
Sara Russell Boulder CO 7:35:53 2016
Andrew Huber Denver CO 7:36:06 2015
Sarah Boyum Denver CO 7:36:53 2016
Ryan Lepro Black Hawk CO 7:38:14 2016
Devin Scannell Lafayette CO 7:40:06 2016
Alan Kreisa Denver CO 7:41:03 2015
Johna Iannitto Denver CO 7:44:10 2015
Kristin Burke Golden CO 7:46:11 2015
David Cook Denver CO 7:50:30 2016
Chad Garaide Boulder CO 7:52:16 2015
Amber Allen Louisville CO 7:53:07 2016
John Scheid Denver CO 7:53:08 2016
Hannah Miller Boulder CO 7:57:01 2016
Kevin Doty Longmont CO 7:58:33 2016
Kris Chapman Lakewood CO 8:01:01 2016
Adam Sampson Pine CO 8:04:53 2015
Wade Janecek Denver CO 8:06:14 2016
Anthony Moorhouse Boulder CO 8:09:03 2016
Stephen Rosenman Denver CO 8:10:59 2015
Kristen Fedak Fort Collins CO 8:11:38 2016
Victor Ortiz Centennial CO 8:13:42 2016
Josh Quinn Aurora CO 8:17:03 2015
Shannon Merriman Wheat Ridge CO 8:19:54 2016
Andrew Vargo Denver CO 8:20:36 2015
Chris George Golden CO 8:22:47 2016
Joel Steidl Denver CO 8:22:50 2016
Scott Turpin Golden CO 8:24:13 2016
Boswell Wing Montreal QC 8:25:34 2016
Erik Hopkins Eldorado Springs CO 8:30:06 2016
Tom Lamond Brooklyn NY 8:35:08 2016
Raymond Kessler – Ison Denver CO 8:35:41 2015
Eric Holle Erie CO 8:38:20 2015
Jesssica Vanderkwaak Denver CO 8:40:34 2016
Mark Molinari Chicago IL 8:41:05 2016
Philip Pelto Westminster CO 8:45:00 2015
Ian Talbot Commerce City CO 8:46:13 2012
Laura Parker Denver CO 8:49:25 2016
Sara Foster Denver CO 8:51:39 2015
Ryan Andrist Wheat Ridge CO 8:51:44 2015
Matthew Baron Boulder CO 8:55:26 2016
Michael Flynn Boulder CO 8:55:52 2016
Danielle Ardan Lafayette CO 8:56:14 2016
Chris Casey Layatette CO 8:57:37 2015
Johnny Drozkek Boulder CO 8:57:41 2015
Steven Hird Boulder CO 8:57:46 2015
Itay Halevy Herut ISR 9:00:13 2016
Greg Ryan Denver CO 9:05:36 2015
William Putnam Parksley VA 9:07:19 2016
Tim McNamara Colorado Springs CO 9:11:54 2015
Richard Sitton Denver CO 9:21:05 2015
Sabrina Farmer Louisville CO 9:22:28 2015
Shintaro Kato Boulder CO 9:23:18 2016
Jen Burke Boulder CO 9:29:59 2016
Gavin Weaver Batavia IL 9:34:59 2016
Amy Drees Silverthorne CO 9:39:57 2016
Gordon Harvey Colorado Springs CO 9:40:27 2016
Jason Cannan Conifer CO 9:40:28 2016
Michael Vetter Westminster CO 9:41:50 2016
Ashley Shamus Clarks Summit PA 9:41:56 2015
Spring Jones Green River WY 9:42:05 2015
Megan Ackley Denver CO 9:48:21 2016
Nick Brogna Arvada CO 9:50:45 2016
Katie McKenna Denver CO 9:52:03 2016
Brandon McCarthy Denver CO 9:52:37 2015
Tanya Anderson Highlands Ranch CO 9:56:25 2016
Jim Desordi Omaha NE 9:58:34 2015
Olivia Stransky Denver CO 10:11:05 2016
Meredith Oneill Richfield MN 10:24:28 2016
Molly DiCroce Lafayette CO 10:27:58 2015
Ben Tynes Westminster CO 10:30:18 2016
Ed Gutman Oakland CA 10:30:40 2015
Melissa Evans Boulder CO 10:42:46 2015
Jill Hamilton Ft. Collins CO 10:53:58 2016
Nicholas Holmes Centennial CO 10:56:20 2016
Laura Luhn Denver CO 10:59:48 2015
Adam Gears Bloomington MN 11:14:45 2016
Jen McFarlin Denver CO 12:17:19 2016