- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) - A long-distance swimmer’s latest strength and endurance test is swimming to northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island while towing a barge carrying a vehicle loaded with fudge.

Jim Dreyer started the roughly 3.5-mile swim Saturday morning, pulling 16.5 tons. “Pfeiffer Lincoln Murdick’s Fudge Run” was postponed from last month after Dreyer injured himself clearing trees near a Lake Michigan beach.

Dreyer’s assistant, Katrina Murphy, says he’s “going way faster than expected” and on track to arrive by early afternoon.

The barge carries a Lincoln MKC loaded with fudge, a well-known Mackinac Island product. The swim from St. Ignace was organized to draw attention to the 2015 Mighty Mac Swim, a planned crossing of the Straits of Mackinac on Labor Day.

Both events are Habitat for Humanity of Michigan fundraisers.

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Online:

http://www.mightymacswim.com

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