Brimson Sisu

About Sisu


Sisu is a Finnish word generally meaning determination, bravery, and resilience. However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language. Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity.

Our first Sisu was August 20, 1983. Info on past Sisu events will be added as it becomes available.

Please help by providing items on events such as dates, weather on race day, pictures, or other notable items. Please email

The prizes for our Sisu Walk / Run are donations of locally produced crafts and food. The prizes are awarded to both runners and walkers, male and female, in various age groups. Prizes are also awarded to the highest finisher of 100% Finnish ancestry, to the persons who have participated in all the Sisus (currently four), to the person who came the farthest to the Sisu, and to persons who fit many other interesting categories.

The proceeds benefit the Brimson Area Volunteer Fire Department (BAVFD) & Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The BAVFD provides firefighting and emergency medical services for a 365 square-mile area including several townships in St. Louis and Lake Counties.

Refreshments will be sold by members of the Volunteer Fire Dept. and will include coffee and pop, sweet corn, hot dogs, Polish sausage, veggie dogs, and other items plus donated baked goods.

The Sisu has a wonderful tradition of changing the course often. What fun to see new places, from the old Finnish homesteads, the Mother Bear Ski trail, the Cloquet River, the Toimi drumlins, the bogs and the berries.....

Come enjoy the fun and fellowship! The more the merrier!