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Hour of Power raises funds for ACS

August 3, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

This year, Canfield Swim Club's head coach Mike Barringer brought the Hour of Power for the Canfield swim team to take part in. At the event, participating 11 and older swimmers were split into relay teams, and for one hour they sprinted.

The Hour of Power relay was started in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. When the event began in 2006, 15 teams joined together to raise team spirit, sarcoma awareness and $11,000. In 2011, the number of participating teams exploded to 160 on two continents, including 107 college and university programs, 46 high school and club teams, and seven students-abroad teams. In its first five years, the Hour of Power has raised $330,000.

For Canfield, the swimmers who are 10 and under swam laps for the Cancer Swim Along. The Canfield swim team raised more than $4,100 for the American Cancer Society. The swimmers were treated to Whitehouse Fruit Farm doughnuts and juice when they finished swimming. In the evening, they participated in Midnight Madness where there were pool games, a sundae bar and fun with friends.

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