REED CITY — The sun stayed by a cloud well into the Spectrum/Reed City’s seventh annual 5K race in Reed City, held each year to coincide with the Crossroads Celebration, and runners were off to a good start.

The pace was fast for many of the leaders, and steady for a good number in the middle, after they wound their way through the streets of Reed City, crossed Chestnut, headed on past the Depot on the Rails to Trails, and continued on through the park, across the swinging bridge, through Rambadt Park and on back to the hospital.

One man declared he might need the hospital even before he got back there. A short ways behind him was hope on two feet and sporting a smile. Dr. Dennis.

Strong runners of both sexes made their way rapidly through the shady park, crossed onto the road on the south end, and many picked up the pace as they got there.

Some, however, were walking. Some rapidly. Some barely. A good many at that point were holding their sides. About then for the majority, the clouds were disappearing and the day was getting hotter.

According to Spectrum volunteers staffing the sign-ins, they had 173 runners signed up and ready to go about 20 minutes before the start. The prediction had been for 175 to 200 runners, and among them was expected to be Reed City native Herb Lindsay.

A press release from Spectrum said Lindsay was, “in his prime, one of the top runners in the world. The graduate from Reed City High School won three straight Crims from 1979-81.

“John Korir of Kenya is the only other three-time male winner of the Crim, winning in 1998, 1999, and 2003.”

It noted that Lindsay “was one of the founding members of the Association of Road Racing Athletes and in 2002 was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame.

“Some world-class runners give up running when they can no longer compete at the level they are used to, but Lindsay has simply adjusted with age, setting more modest goals to stay fit enough and fast enough to compete against high school boys who come out for cross country.”

Lindsay was expected to spend time in Reed City, happy to be supporting Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, and attending the weekend activities of the Reed City Great American Crossroads Celebration.