Paula said it best as she watched her “Real World: Key West” housemate, Johnny, struggle through the most recent “Rivals II” mission: “Papa’s getting old.” The usually dominant competitor barely made it through “Rampage” alive, while his partner, spring chicken Frank, navigated the game’s steep ramps as if they were inch-high step stools. Johnny, now 31, and Paula, 32, aren’t the only Challengers whose birthday cakes are getting a little crowded with candles, but just because they’re approaching AARP membership doesn’t mean they’re done with “The Challenge” altogether.
Below are seven more competitors who have breached the 30-year-old mark and are still fighting strong. Check ’em all out, and tell us if you think they’ve got a few years left before retirement calls.
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Photos: Rene Cervantes