SISU Award

SISU Award 2018-02-06T14:43:48+00:00

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

First Last City State Country Time Year
Scott Spillman Morrison CO USA 4:54:14 2015
Stephen Pretak Fort Collins CO USA 5:13:24 2017
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
Jonathan Rea Golden CO USA 5:32:56 2015
Andrew Biglow Littleton CO USA 5:36:12 2016
Nick Stengl LONGMONT CO USA 5:41:28 2017
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
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
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
Colin Jaskiewicz Boulder CO USA 6:41:50 2016
Taylor Rice Boulder CO USA 6:45:23 2017
Craig Dixon Golden CO USA 6:45:31 2017
Whitney Barrett Golden CO USA 6:46:35 2017
Chris Muir Boulder CO USA 6:46:50 2015
Oliver Cunningham Denver CO USA 6:49:19 2017
Eric Stoutenburg Boulder CO USA 6:52:01 2017
Alex Cummings Wheat Ridge CO USA 6:55:01 2016
Jules Sherwood Littleton CO USA 6:59:14 2017
Jared Blank Indian hills CO USA 7:01:28 2017
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
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
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
Jonathan Van Dyke Fort Collins CO USA 7:16:11 2017
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
Rachel Dedeyn Denver CO USA 7:18:39 2016
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
Kathy Butler Nederland CO USA 7:28:03 2016
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
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
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
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
Bryan Wilson Lone Tree CO USA 7:42:02 2017
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
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
Tyler Cram Fort Lauderdale FL USA 7:51:37 2017
Chad Garaide Boulder CO USA 7:52:16 2015
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
Hannah Miller Boulder CO USA 7:57:01 2016
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
Kris Chapman Lakewood CO USA 8:01:01 2016
Adam Sampson Pine CO USA 8:04:53 2015
Nick Tempel Westminster CO USA 8:06:12 2017
Wade Janecek Denver CO USA 8:06:14 2016
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
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
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
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
Shannon Merriman Wheat Ridge CO USA 8:19:54 2016
Andrew Vargo Denver CO USA 8:20:36 2015
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
Matthew Pennington Lafayette CO USA 8:25:01 2017
Boswell Wing Montreal QC USA 8:25:34 2016
Paul Kacsmar Longmont CO USA 8:28:21 2017
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
Raymond Kessler – Ison Denver CO USA 8:35:41 2015
Peter Gaudreau Denver CO USA 8:36:41 2017
Eric Holle Erie CO USA 8:38:20 2015
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
Raymond Mendoza Broomfield CO USA 8:43:24 2017
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
Felix Petit Boulder CO USA 8:48:44 2017
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
Alyson Wiedenheft Boulder CO USA 8:53:27 2017
Matthew Baron Boulder CO USA 8:55:26 2016
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
Danielle Ardan Lafayette CO USA 8:56:14 2016
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
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
William Putnam Parksley VA USA 9:07:19 2016
Tim McNamara Colorado Springs CO USA 9:11:54 2015
Richard Sitton Denver CO USA 9:21:05 2015
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
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
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
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
Megan Ackley Denver CO USA 9:48:21 2016
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
Gerriann Pelto Westminster CO USA 9:54:02 2017
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
Olivia Stransky Denver CO USA 10:11:05 2016
Katie Kelly Dublin CA USA 10:19:37 2017
Patricia Miller New York NY USA 10:22:18 2017
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
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
Adam Gears Bloomington MN USA 11:14:45 2016
Jen McFarlin Denver CO USA 12:17:19 2016