Charleston Man to Canoe 260 Miles for Lung Health in Survivalist, Endurance Event

Identical Twins Tyler and Porter Robinson will attempt “world’s toughest canoe race” to raise life-saving research funding for lung disease

They will have 100 hours (four days and four hours) to paddle from the center of Texas to the Gulf Coast (260 miles).

It’s all part of the Texas Water Safari and Tyler Robinson, from Charleston, S.C., and Porter Robinson, from New Braunfels T.X. is doing it all to raise awareness and funding for education and life-saving research for lung disease.

“We are excited to participate in this event and grateful to raise funding for the American Lung Association’s efforts to save lives through research, education and advocacy,” said Robinson. “My older brother and I are former smokers and the Lung Association really helped in our journey to quit. So raising awareness and funding for such a great organization just adds to the experience of a lifetime that I’ll share with my twin brother. It’s going to be tough, but I feel confident we will learn something about our own vigilance while finishing something that’s been on my bucket list for a while.”

The Texas Water Safari, billed as the "World's Toughest Canoe Race", is an annual race via the San Marcos and Guadalupe rivers, from Aquarena Springs in the college town of San Marcos, to the shrimping village of Seadrift on the Texas coastline, a total distance of 260 miles. The first official race was held in 1963 and is run annually on the second Saturday of June.

The primary requirement is a boat powered only by human muscle. Racers must take all equipment needed with them, receiving only water, ice and food along the way. There is no prize money for the winners, just bragging rights for the finishers. 

To support Porter and Tyler, visit , to donate to the Lung Association. Almost 90 cents of every dollar raised goes to the Lung Association’s programs and services, including research, advocacy and public health education.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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