Maybe there is something that can stop Tegze Haraszti from competing in the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim.
But nothing's done the trick so far.
Haraszti, who hails from Hungary but goes by the decidedly American name Tex, has participated in the half-mile contest every year since the early 1970s. Along the way, he's swum while sick, recovering from back and shoulder surgery, even partly paralyzed on one side.
On Saturday, the 68-year-old Newport Beach resident plans to hit the water again for the swim around the Huntington Beach Pier. And he expects to add another trophy to his collection at home — especially since the city added a category this year for 65 and older.
"I think the city was very nice to me," said Haraszti, who toughed it out the last few years against men more than a decade his junior. "They created a new age group, so I have a chance of winning."