Dreyer to pull ton of bricks during next swim

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LEIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- A long-distance swimmer plans to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair this summer while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks.

"It'll be a strength workout like I've never experienced," said Dreyer, who has set 16 swimming records across all five Great Lakes.

Jim Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. He's scheduled to begin his swim on Aug. 5 from the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac, and the event is to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

"The distance will be a mile further than crossing the English Channel," added Dreyer.

The swim is expected to take 30 hours and end at Aug. 6 at Detroit's Belle Isle.

If completed, Dreyer's feat of strength would be a world record.

Dreyer made the announcement Tuesday morning in Allegan County by swimming and towing a pontoon boat full of people weighing more than 5,000 pounds.

He's partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to help fund building projects for up to 75 affiliates through the Cornerstone Strength Swim Campaign.

"It typically costs around $80,000 for us to build a house," said Jack Zandstra, Executive Director of Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity. "So our goal is to raise $80,000 through the purchase of bricks so a family can have a home."

Dreyer says he plans to train four days a week over the next two months.


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