CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Joining thousands of athletes across the country, the MIT men's and women's swimming and diving teams raced relays to support the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power on Tuesday. In the seven years since the event first began, participants have raised over $410,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in young people.
Started to honor former Carleton College (Minn.) swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, the Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" Relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to 171 teams in 2012, with 8,300 participating athletes who joined forces to honor all those who are fighting against or have lost the battle to cancer. This year the MIT swimmers were joined by associate head coach Karin Brown and fellow Carleton alumni Will Kruesi who were co-captains with Ted while at Carleton and helped to start the event in 2006.
The event is a one-hour, all-out practice consisting of continuous relays of any stroke. The objective is for all of the relays to be on the same length for the entire hour, which requires constant communication and teamwork from everyone involved.
Last year's event included 111 college and university programs representing 38 conferences across NCAA Division I, II and III, and Independents, along with 54 high-school and club teams. Also participating were a Masters team in Sweden and The American International School of Muscat, Oman.
This year's numbers are on pace to match last year's totals. All who participated hit the water with a shared goal—to "think outside the pool" in order to increase awareness about sarcoma and raise money for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.
2013 Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" Relay registrations (as of November 11):Total Registered Teams: 145 Colleges and Universities: 96 High School and Club Teams: 45 International Teams: 4 Estimated Athletes: 7,200
For a full description of what participants do during the event and how donated funds are used, please visit http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower