(WXYZ) - World record ultra-marathon athlete and Michigan native Jim Dreyer is swimming 22 miles self-sufficiently without a support boat from Lake St. Clair to the Detroit River while pulling two thousand pounds of bricks with him.
The swim will begin at the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac, Michigan, and finish at the Belle Isle Beach in Detroit. He started at 8 a.m. and the journey is expected to be 30 hours long.
If Dreyer is successful, his swim will be recognized as a world record for feat of strength.
He is using GPS and landmarks when he can to try and stay west of the international border and the shipping lanes to find his way to Detroit. Since he has a GPS device his position can be tracked. Just click on the following link to track his progress: http://bit.ly/1559f0s
Dreyer plans to finish at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6. There is supposed to a celebration for his accomplishment.
Dreyer says this is his toughest challenge yet because he will be dragging everything he will need to survive for the entirety of the swim.
"I will pull two dinghies, each carrying 1000 pounds of bricks, which I refer to as the 'train of pain.' My pain is symbolic of the economic pain felt by the city of Detroit and families all across the state of Michigan trying to keep their heads above water," says Dreyer.
The swim will also support Habitat for Humanity and their mission to rebuild Michigan through affordable housing.
"Instead of sinking with the weight of our burdens, I believe that we can pull together and be the bricks that rebuild lives, rebuild communities, and strengthen the foundation of this great state."
The bricks from his swim will be sold to raise money for Habitat for Humanity to fund building more houses. Purchase options include bricks that are hand signed by Dreyer, bricks that are personalized with a name and logo, and may include bricks that are co-signed by Dreyer with Michigan notables and other celebrities.