One man swimmer, Brent Flewelling, is catching the current to swim 7 miles across the Straits of Mackinac and raise $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. Brent is set to swim on August 12 at dawn. He will start on the Upper Peninsula shore in St. Ignace and swim 7 miles across the Straits, under the Mackinac Bridge, to end in Mackinac City on the Lower Peninsula. He will be joined in the water by five other individuals including a kayaker and boat captain, Tim Drake.
100% of the proceeds that Brent raises will be given back to Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley as Brent is personally paying for all costs. The costs for him to attempt this courageous feat includes: the cost of Coast Guard permission to swim, a former Big Ten swim coach from Colorado, and accommodations during the swim for the whole crew. Brent has been working with Nick Hansen since early winter to train for his swim challenge. Since early summer he has spent four days a week training in open water. As one can imagine, there is a lot of time put into training for a physical challenge and being a dad of two, Brent knows what he is sacrificing to do this. He fondly recalls watching his three year old daughter wave to him as he sets out on his training swims. He gives a special thanks to his wife, Tiara, for all of her loving support through his endeavor.
Brent enjoys his time training as he says that it is mentally grinding and an opportunity for peace and quiet to refocus himself. He has set forth this challenge because it represents many aspects that he’s proud of: “thinking outside the box, setting big goals, physical fitness, and raising money for a good cause”. Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is Brent’s charity of choice for this year’s swim because he has worked in realty for 17 years and sees the need in the community to provide safe and stable environments for everyone. Charles Reinhart, the realty company that Brent works for also completes volunteer build days with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.
Habitat Huron Valley families are asked to complete 250 sweat equity hours (per adult household member) and enroll in financial management courses to become a homeowner. Brent focuses on the quote, “Don’t wish for it, work for it”, a lesson Habitat families certainly understand.