Mighty Mac Swim and Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes for American Heroes


There are some exciting changes to the 2017 Mighty Mac Swim in northern Michigan. Usually held on Labor Day, the Mighty Mac Swim will now take place on the second Saturday of August (this year August 12). Funds raised through the Mighty Mac Swim will now go towards building a home for the family of a “deserving American hero,” and other home improvement projects for veterans and first responders across the state through Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

In an unprecedented event called “HouseBoat for Heroes,” Mighty Mac Swim Director Jim Dreyer, also an ultra-marathon strength athlete, will attempt to tow building supplies on a barge for more than 4 miles across the turbulent Straits of Mackinac. This new event is planned to begin the morning of August 5, 2017. All totaled, the weight of Dreyer’s load will be approximately 18 tons. Once the cargo arrives at the dock of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, volunteers will frame the home on August 8.

The Mighty Mac Swim has raised more than $630,000 in its first two years.

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