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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Apart from a long television career, distance running has always been a part of Rick Mater's life. In Six Hours, he recounts his extraordinary experience of running 17 miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up as a sixty-four-year-old survivor of cardiac arrest. A lifelong distance runner, Rick suffered an almost fatal heart attack in 2007, leading his doctors to caution against distance running. With surgeries on his "widow maker" artery, it was unimaginable that he would ever take up running on dangerous trails again. In addition, the Grand Canyon contains some of the most treacherous trails in the world. Starting at the South Kaibab trail and having an initial scare of Alzheimer's after taking a wrong turn, Rick had to traverse the Tonto and make his way up with The Death March through the Bright Angel trail.
A tale about willpower, resolve, and persistence to chase one's dreams, Six Hours is an inspirational odyssey that's hard to put down. Rick Mater tells his true story of running through the heart of the Grand Canyon in his sixties despite being a heart patient and finding a way to overcome his physical limitations. People who follow their passions through adversity always have motivational stories to tell, and Six Hours is no different. Rick has a smooth flow to his writing that makes the narrative a breeze to go through. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Six Hours, and if you love to read true stories that inspire and motivate, you will too.