CLEVELAND – On November 11, 2014, the Case Western Reserve University swimming & diving program joined thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school and club teams across the nation and abroad in the 9th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research.
The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton College (Minn.) 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 160 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 all-out 60-minute relay is a challenging workout that fuels team spirit and fosters cooperation among team members. The event aims to generate awareness of sarcoma, a rare cancer that disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults.
Over the first eight years, participating teams have raised almost $500,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma.
As of November 9, 167 teams and 8,200 athletes registered for the 2014 Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay.