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Heart surgery patient ready for first Sound to Narrows

Posted on Jun. 10, 2015 ( comments)
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Rick Scott stands on the Sound to Narrows course with the pillow he received after having open heart surgery at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in January.

In January 2015, years of stress, lack of exercise and bad eating habits caught up to Rick Scott. 

"I had given up. I knew what to do. I just didn’t have the motivation," Scott says. "The 23rd of January my motivation changed."

That change happened when Scott went to MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital for an angiogram. He woke up to learn he needed more than a stent, a low level of intervention to repair a damaged artery.

A few days later he was recovering from triple bypass surgery at Tacoma General Hospital.

In the Cardiac Health & Rehabilitation Program, Scott found his new focus. He wanted to be active again so he set a goal to walk around Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open.

His goal grew bigger as he grew stronger. 

"I saw a Sound to Narrows poster and decided to sign up," Scott says. "A nurse asked if I was going to do the 5k. I told her I was going to walk the 12k."

The Roman Meal Sound to Narrows race course is challenging and marked by a handful of hills — big ones known aptly as The Monster and The Hill. For 43 years, South Sound runners have trained for months to prepare for the 7.46-mile course that begins and ends at Vassault Park.

Scott says he isn't going to let a hill scare him away from participating in Sound to Narrows for the first time. He calls heart surgery a wake-up call and is committed to take good care of himself for his family. 

That commitment includes building his endurance by walking the race course. He's completed a 12-kilometer walk twice and will keep training until race day.

"I feel alive," he says. "I had a wake-up call and I’m going to live my life."

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