According to Mlive and the Ann Arbor News, a 63-year-old Dexter woman is training to become the oldest person to swim the Straits of Mackinac. Julie Woods, who has degenerative disc disease and is a victim of sexual abuse, hopes to inspire others to overcome obstacles when she achieves her goal next summer. She also wants to raise $5,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Woods swims more than 2 miles per day. She lifts weights and is trying to gain weight to prevent hypothermia. The average summer temperature of the waterway is between 45 and 50 degrees. She plans to start in St. Ignace north of the Mackinac Bridge and end near the lighthouse in Mackinaw City and she expects the swim to take between five and eight hours. To read more about Julie and her adventure, click here.