Zimmerman (second from left) competes in the Texas Water Safari.
This week's story is about 76-year-old Roger Zimmerman, the oldest person ever to complete the Texas Water Safari, a 260-mile annual canoe race.
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Roger Zimmerman of Victoria, Texas, competed in the first Texas Water Safari in 1963. Last month, at age 76, he became the oldest person to finish the 260-mile canoe race in its more than half-century history.
During his fifth outing at the race, Zimmerman and his team overcame strong winds, logjams, and a pack of wild hogs swimming across the river to finish the race in 74 hours and 52 minutes.
"It's my last hurrah, definitely," Zimmerman said. "But then again, I say that after every water safari. I always thought that because you're old, it doesn't mean you can't be in shape."