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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

20-Hour Swim Pulling A Car On A Barge Is Delayed

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Michigan endurance athlete Jim Dreyer postponed his upcoming event due to an injury that he sustained in a Lake Superior swim in 2002. Dubbed The Human Tugboat, Dreyer most recently pulled a 27-ton ferry 800 yards across Newport Beach Harbor for a television special last year and has been training for another major swim in Lake Huron.

Recently, Dreyer was clearing trees to build more parking space for a clinic he is hosting at Shark's Haven, his beach in Lake Michigan. His shoulder gave out again, this time leading to an unavoidable delay in his planned 3.58-mile swim where he will pull 16.5 tons including a Pfeiffer Lincoln MKC vehicle on a barge to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron.

Originally scheduled for July 4th, Dreyer's swim is now pushed back until August 15th.

Dreyer estimates, "Physical therapy is going well, and I plan to be successful on August 15th. The swim could take up to 20 hours to complete, depending on the conditions. The swim will take place between just outside the swimming area of the American Legion Memorial Beach in St. Ignace and the docks at British Landing on Mackinac Island. The direction of the swim will depend on the conditions.

The reason why a Pfeiffer Lincoln MKC will be towed is because it will be raffled off at the Mighty Mac Swim finish line party on Labor Day, to help revitalize Michigan neighborhoods through Habitat for Humanity

Mighty Mac swimmers who are attempting to cross the Straits of Mackinac are selling raffle tickets for a 2-year lease on the Lincoln MKC, and have raised over US$220,000 to date. For more information, visit here.

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