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Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research

Join us for the Ninth Annual Hour of Power!

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

2014 Registration and Information:

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Quick Facts

Who: All collegiate, high school, club, masters, and other interested swimming & diving teams. Dryland teams are also welcome.

What: "Hour of Power" Relay in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. Funds raised through this event support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma in young people. When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, sarcoma awareness and $11,000. In 2012, participation exploded to 171 teams and 8,300 athletes, who combined to raise an all-time high of $83,000 for the Fund. In its first seven years the Hour of Power has raised over $410,000.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Central or 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific (or on a date or time convenient to your program)

Where: Your program's Home Pool


The eighth annual "Leave it in the Pool" event features an “hour-of-power” relay practice on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST or 5 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. PST. The set is one of the Carleton College Knights’ favorites and the team felt it would be an appropriate memorial to Ted to run a “Leave it in the Pool” practice consisting of continuous relays, any stroke, all-out swimming, for an hour, with the objective of keeping all lanes in each pool on the same length.

(Click here for a description of the “Leave it in the Pool – Hour of Power” Relay Swim Set)

Swimming the "Hour of Power" simultaneously across the country on one afternoon adds to the spirit and fun of the relay. However, those teams unable to participate at the scheduled date/times are encouraged to hold a relay event whenever possible.

The participants in the event are asked to gather donations for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. Checks should be made payable to "FJC/Ted Mullin Fund" with the team name in the memo line, and mailed to the Ted Mullin Fund, P.O. Box 437, Winnetka, IL 60093-0437. Donations may also be made online. All donations made to the Ted Mullin Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by United States law.

We encourage participation to raise team spirit and sarcoma awareness whether or not your program is able to fund raise.

About the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research

Where Does the Money Go?

Funds raised act as seed funding for the University of Chicago’s pediatric sarcoma research program. The program brings together oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and physician scientists who have a particular interest in adolescents and young adults with sarcoma. At the University of Chicago the Ted Mullin Fund supports research into novel chemotherapy and biology agents for sarcomas, new ways to administer chemotherapy in this disease, techniques to visualize the response of tumors in the patient more accurately, the identification of high risk sarcoma patients using novel genomics strategies, the personalizing of therapy for each person diagnosed with sarcoma to maximize benefit while reducing treatment-related toxicity and treatments for metastatic or resistant disease which seek to use the patient’s own immune system to attack residual tumors.

The University of Chicago opened an adolescent and young adult multidisciplinary clinic focused on sarcoma in August 2012. The University established the Ted Mullin Fund Scholars program in summer 2012:  student/athletes who have participated in the Hour of Power are invited to apply to a 10-week program working in a laboratory under the mentorship of a pediatric cancer researcher within the University's Section of Pediatric Hematology/OncologyFuture plans include, in collaboration with other national programs, the development of a consortium to facilitate more rapid development and availability of new molecular and biologic therapeutics for sarcomas.

For more information: Contact Rick Mullin,, 847-971-5003

Participation Facts & Figures

Total Teams
171 160 146 134 104 55 15
8300 8000 6979 6471 5983 3092 --
111 107 102 103 85 46 --
High Schools
27 19 16 11 8 4 --
Club Teams
27 27 21 17 9 4 --
International Teams
6 7 7 3 2 1 --

*estimated figures