PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- On Nov. 13, Lake Erie swimmers joined thousands of athletes across the country in support of the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay. Over the first seven years of this event, participants 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.
First 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.
"We took a moment before we kicked off the relay to say the names of friends and family that we have lost to cancer or who are still fighting the good fight," said LEC Head Coach Nicole Rose. "I am really proud of our efforts for a great cause and hope that Storm Swimming Supporters will also join in the effort to raise money for the Ted Mullin Fund."
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 those athletes will hit the pool 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 to date:
Total Registered Teams: 145
Colleges and Universities: 96
High School and Club Teams: 45
International Teams: 4
Estimated Athletes: 7,200