Todd Crandell, Professional Counselor (PC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC III), is the founder and President of Racing for Recovery™ and has dedicated his personal and professional life to achieving the goal of preventing substance abuse in adolescents and individual, as well as offering a positive alternative to those currently battling addiction.
Todd’s own thirteen year struggle with drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed his life. It devastated relationships with family and friends and shattered the promise of a professional hockey career.
Todd quit using drugs and alcohol on April 15, 1993, and has been sober ever since. In the process of rebuilding his life, Todd realized traditional recovery programs were not enough to maintain his sobriety. He needed something more. He chose to compete in the most grueling sport imaginable, the Ironman Triathlon. Todd ran his first triathlon in 1999 and has never stopped. He has completed twenty full-length Ironman events all over the world and in 2008 he was the only person in the world to complete Ultraman Hawaii and six days later complete Ironman Western Australia. In 2009 Todd completed Ultraman Canada and became one of 23 individuals in the world who have completed both Ultraman Triathlons.
Crandell’s first experience competing in these events had such an inspiring effect on individuals in his hometown and, in 2001, was the catalyst to forming Racing for Recovery™.
Additionally, Crandell’s book, “From Addict To Ironman,” co-written with John Hanc, gives an unflinching account of his addiction and recovery and has motivated thousands of people in their battle to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.
The newly released full-length documentary, “Running with Demons”, opened to rave reviews and was won Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Pennine Film Festival. The filmmakers were the only crew granted unprecedented access to the Ultraman™ Canada course. The film follows one man’s journey toward redemption and the potential loss this commitment brings with it.
To help others, Racing for Recovery™ offers professional and private counseling services, support group meetings and athletic events across the United States.
Todd regularly speaks to groups and individuals to convey one important message: “With Sobriety, Anything is Possible.”
More information about Todd Crandell and the counseling and speaking services offered, please visit ToddCrandell.com.