68-year-old one of 211 racers at Spectrum Health 5k REED CITY \u2014 Warming up before running her first 5k race, Sandy Sikkila said her goal was to reach the finish line \u201csome time today.\u201d The 68-year-old Reed City resident wanted to do her best, but not push herself beyond what she could handle. Sikkela was one of 211 racers in the eighth annual Spectrum Health 5K race Saturday morning in Reed City. Walking has been part of her daily routine for years and when her son, Mark, started running competitively two years ago, she decided to try it out for herself. \u201cEvery day I walk four to six miles \u2014 I go by how I feel,\u201d Sikkila said. \u201cWhen I come across U.S. 10, I have to run. Then I started running between lamp posts and I kept increasing my speed, so I thought I might as well give it a try.\u201d Though she was among the oldest runners in the Spectrum Health 5k, Sikkila\u2019s family members were determined to keep her from being discouraged. Her sisters, Judy and Linda Knutilla, both 66, made posters for Sikkila and placed them throughout the 3.1-mile stretch. As the course took Sikkila through the streets, trails and parks in Reed City, inspiring messages waited for her at each turn. \u201cGo for the win Sandy!\u201d \u201cThe goal is within sight!\u201d and \u201cLooking Good Sandy!\u201d were among the signs strategically placed by Sikkila\u2019s younger sisters. \u201cIt was nice that I didn\u2019t have to read them out loud because I was out of breath,\u201d Sikkila said jokingly after the race. After completing two-thirds of the race running solo, Sikkila was joined by her son, Mark, who finished the race with a time of 20:32 and went back and ran with his mom for her last mile. \u201cI\u2019m very proud of her,\u201d Mark said. At the finish line, Linda sat waving pom-poms and Judy cheered on her sister as she took her last steps of the race. \u201cI don\u2019t care what time she came in, I\u2019m just so proud that she finished,\u201d Judy said. The Spectrum Health 5k race draws runners as young as 4-years-old and as old as 74, said Sue Snavely, Media and Marketing Manager at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. \u201cIt\u2019s a healthy outreach we plan every year during the Crossroads Festival,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have a lot of first-time runners who have never run a 5k and a lot people who come every year.\u201d The race began in 2006 with 30 runners and has grown in participation each year. The 211 runners came from as far as Florida and Illinois along with local runners from Mecosta, Osceola, Lake, Mason, Kent and Montcalm counties in Michigan. Three-time race champion Joe Oehril completed the course in just over 16:30 and racers of all ages and experience followed. Rounding out the last leg of the race with her son by her side, Sandy met her goal and finished the race in 48 minutes. \u201cNothing is impossible,\u201d Sandy said. \u201cYou just have to give it a try.\u201d Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the 5k.