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Mighty Mac swimmer

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Jim Dreyer known as the Human Tugboat, before crossing the Straits of Mackinac

Mighty Mac swimmers (also known as Team Dire Straits) are the participants of the 4.2-mile Mighty Mac Swim, an open water swim across the Straits of Mackinac organized by Jim Dreyer on Labor Day (7 September 2015) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Straits of Mackinac[edit]

The Straits of Mackinac is the narrow waterway separating the U.S. State of Michigan's Lower Peninsula from its Upper Peninsula. It connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The Straits of Mackinac is a major shipping lane providing passage for raw materials and finished goods.

Mighty Mac 50th Anniversary Swim[edit]

On 3 September 2007, Jim Dreyer, Kellie Nightlinger and 50 swimmers of Team Dire Straits crossed the Straits of Mackinac in a charity swim to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge, swimming between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. The Mighty Mac 50th Anniversary Swim was part of the 50th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Governor Jennifer Granholm initiated the annual bridge run and came up with the idea of having 50 swimmers cross the Straits for the 50th Anniversary of the bridge together with Jim Dreyer and Kellie Nightlinger.

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