Worcester, Mass. – On Tuesday evening the Clark University men's and women's swimming and diving teams joined forces with the Worcester Boys and Girls Club to take part in the annual Ted Mullin "Leave It In The Pool" Hour of Power.
The contingent in the Kneller Center Pool joined thousands of athletes from the collegiate, high school, and club levels from all across the nation and abroad in the 11th annual event that raises funds for Sarcoma Research and sponsored by the Carleton College swimming and diving teams.
The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006.
The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 170 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years. Participating swim teams engage in continuous relays of any stroke for a full hour of all-out swimming. Dryland teams engage in their particular sport non-stop for a full hour.
In the event's first ten years, participating teams have raised over $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma.
The funds have been used for a variety of projects that evaluate the genetic basis of sarcomas, the identification of novel markers of disease diagnosis or progression, and the development of new small molecule and cell therapies for resistant disease.
Each summer, the University also hosts Ted Mullin Fund scholars, offering four Hour of Power participants an opportunity to advance their interest in science and cancer biology by spending 10 weeks in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, at the University of Chicago Medicine.
All teams are welcome to participate whether or not they fundraise.
The numbers are still coming in, but as of November 8th, 152 teams including an estimated 7,200 athletes have registered for the 2016 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.