PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2015) – The Caltech men's and women's swimming and diving teams will join as many as 200 teams across the country as participants in the 10th Annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power' Relay for Sarcoma Research this Wednesday, Nov. 11.
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 180 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.
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.
While there is a national start time across all time zones, teams are encouraged to participate whenever is most feasible within their program. Last year's event raised more than $67,000, bringing the event's nine-year total to $550,000. The Beavers will begin their "Hour of Power" at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The event is open to all collegiate, high school, club, masters and other interested teams. All programs should register by Friday, Oct. 23, so essential information about this year's event can be sent to you.
To sign up for "Hour of Power" and to find out more information on this event, use the link at the top of this email. The "Resources for Coaches" link provides additional insights on fundraising strategies.
On behalf of the Mullin family and the Carleton College swim teams, thank you for your support and involvement. The Carleton Knights look forward to having your team join us and so many others for another exciting and inspiring Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power" relay event.