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Sisu Run, Walk raises money for Brimson FD

Runners take off for the 35th annual Sisu Run/Walk Saturday at the Toimi School in Brimson. (Photo by Jan Swart)1 / 3
There were plenty of snacks on hand for runners finishing the 4.4 mile Sisu Run/Walk Saturday at the Toimi School in Brimson. (Photo by Jan Swart)2 / 3
Finisher T-shirts from some of the previous 34 Sisu Run/Walk in Brimson. The run is held each year to raise money for the Brimson Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. (Photo by Jan Swart)3 / 3

The word "sisu" in Finnish has a number of different definitions, but they all have a similar theme. Sisu is associated with endurance, resilience, determination, perseverance, bravery and empowerment, just to name a few. On Aug. 19, 144 runners and walkers showed the meaning of the word during the 35th annual Brimson Sisu Walk/Run.

The run is a benefit for the Brimson Area Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. BAVFD provides fire fighting and emergency medical services for a 365 square mile area, including several townships in St. Louis and Lake counties. The course was about 4.4 miles long and the top finishers in each category were given handmade prizes and awards. The race is held in a different location in the Brimson area each year and this time it began at the old Toimi School.

Here are some results from the race:

• First place male runner: Ed Hudella of North Branch with a time of 28 minutes, 40 seconds. Hudella was also the first place overall winner.

• Second place male was Skylee Bennyhoff of Red Wing with a time of 29:02.

• Third place male was David Worley with a time of 30:04.

• First place female runner was Elaine Nelson with a time of 30:54.

• Second place female was Anna Lahti of Duluth with a time of 31:30.

• Third place female was Robyn Schlangen of Two Harbors with a time of 34:59.

• First place male walker was Greg Madison with a time of 58:25.

• Second place male walker was Lowell Johnson of Fort Ripley with a time of 68:18.

• First place female walker was Cindy Foster with a time of 62:04.

• Second place female walker was Kristy Zwak of Duluth with a time of 65:27.

• The top finishing Brimson resident was Carl Jarvi with a time of 46:00.

• The first Finnish finisher was Maija Maki with a time of 77:51.

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