Todd Crandell’s Raceography

To promote the mission of Racing for Recovery™ and bring awareness to the ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction, Todd Crandell regularly competes in Ironman™ and Ultraman™ events around the world. +

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St. Joseph’s Sylvania — Referral Letter

I have known Todd for several years but I had never heard him speak to a crowd of people. He was just as honest and genuine in front of 100 people as he is talking face to… +

August 26, 2010 –

Exercise for Healing Explore how exercise helps your body and mind work though life’s challenges and how to +

May 20, 2010 – Toledo on the Move

Local Group Battles Addiction Together By: Laura Rice SYLVANIA, OH — From drug and alcohol addict to extraordinary +

May 1, 2010 –

National Athlete of the Month | Todd Crandell By: Staff Writer Todd Crandell’s 13-year struggle with drugs and +

March 18, 2010 – Toledo Free Press

New Film to Chronicle Ironman’s Break from Addiction By: CJ Joshua | | Todd Crandell offers a +

November 6, 2009 –

Extreme Athlete Shares His Story in Portsmouth to Help Others By: Geoff Cunningham Jr. PORTSMOUTH — Todd Crandell +

November 4, 2009 –

Struggles with Addiction Proves Crandell to be an Ironman™ By Aimee Lockhardt PORTSMOUTH — Todd Crandell had a +

June 29, 2009 – Newsweek

From Excess to Exercise: Group Helps Men and Women Live Sober Through Sweat By: Kate Dailey – Newsweek +

June 5, 2009 – CNN Health

Former Drug Addicts Find New Fixation on Triathlons By: Madison Park – CNN (CNN) – When rehab and +

April 3, 2009 – The Times Picayune

Todd Crandell Helps People Through Racing for Recovery™ By: Staff Writer You may have heard of Crandell. He’s +

October 2, 2008 – Dayton Daily News

Todd Crandell’s Anti-drug Story is Inspiring, but Often Ignored By Rachel Hutzel – Contributing Writer LEBANON — Todd +

October 1, 2008 – Excell Magazine

Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman By: Todd Crandell In this excerpt from his book, Racing for +

September 1, 2008 – Arizona Together

Addict to Ironman By: Barbara Nicholson-Brown Todd Crandell is founder of Racing for Recovery™, a non-profit foundation offering +

February 25, 2007 – Denver Post

Sterner says he started smoking weed at the age of 8. By 12, pot was a habit and he had moved on to taking pharmaceutical speed. He also stole marijuana from his dad’s stash and sold it to other middle school students. +

December 1, 2006 – NA Sports

The Ford Everyday Hero Award was presented at each of the five full Ironman events that Ironman North America / North America Sports held in 2006. Nominations were solicited through the NA Sports event specific newsletter. +

October 12, 2006 – New York Times

Strenuous exercise has not been a part of traditional recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or the Betty Ford Center, which emphasize abstinence above all else. But a few treatment centers… +

April 16, 2006 – WCVB Boston

Todd Crandell Will Run His First Boston Marathon on Monday, and Some Might Call That a Miracle in Itself +

April 9, 2006 – Ironman Live

Many athletes consider Ironman to be a lifestyle. For Todd Crandell, Ironman has proven to be a lifesaver. A drug and alcohol addict for 16 years. +

February 20, 2006 – Sylvania Advantage

“While I’m thrilled to have my story in print…I now have one more tool to get my story out. By sharing, I am hoping to prevent substance abuse and show the person who is using drugs or alcohol that recovery is possible.” +

February 10, 2006 – Maximum Fitness Magazine

Co-written by Maximum Fitness contributor John Hanc (“America’s Toughest Gym,” page 102), this inspiring biography chronicles the turnaround in the life of Todd Crandell. +

January 1, 2006 – Triathlete Magazine

Crandell now competes regularly in Ironman Triathlons, works as a profestional speaker and drug counselor and runs a foundation (Racing for Recovery) that helps others use sport to prevent or escape from addiction. +

November 28, 2005 – Inside Triathlon Magazine

WHILE YOU ARE THERE: Sylvania is a stone’s throw away from Toledo, “the Glass City,” home to the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art, minor league baseball’s Toledo Mudhens and countless restaurants. +

August 1, 2005 – Journal Times

It’s not drugs or alcohol that he’s addicted to, however – it’s triathlons. +

June 26, 2005 – Avalanche Journal

When Skylar Crandell was born, her father knew instantly that his life was finally headed in the right direction. +

June 15, 2005 – Toledo Free Press

“I would have thought I would have had a better chance going to Mars,” he said. “This was hardcore drug addiction. I firmly believe that I went through and survived the addiction to do what I’m doing today.” +

June 1, 2005 – Tribune Star

“I facilitate three of the five meetings. I do have other facilitators involved. I have started this program but I have great support system. I want it to be an international organization. I want to speak to churches, businesses.” +

March 20, 2005 – Ironman Live

Todd Crandell started Racing for Recovery in 2001 “to prevent substance abuse in adolescents and show people who are battling drug and alcohol addiction that with sobriety anything is possible.” +

March 20, 2005 – Ironman South Africa

R4R was founded in 2001 after a local newspaper ran an article on his life as a former drug addict and rise from the abyss of drug abuse to a college graduate, family man and Ironman competitor. The response was so widespread that Crandell felt compelled to do something more. +

October 29, 2004 – Purdue Exponent

Red Ribbon Week, the annual drug and alcohol abuse awareness national campaign, is coming to Purdue with the Jay Severson Memorial Walk/Run and a national speaker who will talk about overcoming his own drug addiction. +

October 17, 2004 – Toronto Sun

I want to show people battling drug addictions that you can recover and go on to achieve whatever you want in your life. +

October 6, 2004 – Sylvania Advantage

“At the awards ceremony immediately following the race, we will honor those individuals who have turned their lives around with the Racing for Recovery Achievement Award,” Crandell noted. +

October 1, 2004 – Sylvania Herald

Crandell, a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser, has told his story of recovery countless times, to support groups, church groups, schools and even on television and radio. +

September 1, 2004 – University of Toledo Independent Collegian

“At the time, I was completely anti-drugs and alcohol. I guess curiosity got the best of me. The first time I tried drugs was during my freshman year of high school, before a football game. I drank a whole entire bottle of Jack Daniels and topped that off with some speed,” he said. +

September 1, 2004 – Port Clinton News Herald

Through Racing for Recovery, Crandell hopes to encourage individuals, particularly adolescents, to pursue a healthy lifestyle, instead of one involving alcohol and drugs. +

July 6, 2004 – Fulton County Expositor

At least one Wauseon couple has been helped through Crandell’s group meetings which are held in Sylvania. After the recent fatal auto accident in Fulton County involving two young men and alcohol, they voiced their concern to Crandell. +

June 30, 2004 – Huntsville Forester

Through Racing for Recovery, Crandell hopes to encourage individuals, particularly adolescents, to pursue a healthy lifestyle, instead of one involving alcohol and drugs. +

June 24, 2004 – Fremont News Messenger

“I’ve heard Todd speak before and he’s really a cool guy who brings a positive message to communities,” said Fremont Parks and Recreation Director Marc Glotzberger. “We’re really excited that we got a tri-athlete to come and speak to our kids and the event is also open to the public.” +

May 21, 2004 – Orlando Sentinel

In the midst of one of his drug- and alcohol-fueled binges, Todd Crandell remembers looking over a pile of cocaine as an Ironman triathlon came on television. +

April 13, 2004 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For Todd Crandell, life is not a quick sprint but a long-distance marathon with pitfalls to avoid, obstacles to overcome and hills to climb. +

April 10, 2004 – Transition Times

His diet consisted of a steady stream of any substance that he could get his hands on. His condition became so bad that if he vomited up anything that wasn’t completed dissolved, he’d sift through his own vomit and re-ingest it. +

April 5, 2004 – University of Toledo Independent Collegian

Crandell, a nationally known alcohol and drug-addiction speaker who is also a recovering addict himself, gave a detailed account of how his addictions ruled his adolescent and early adulthood life and when he chose recovery, to about 30 students at 7 p.m. +

April 5, 2004 – Bellefontaine Examiner

The son of an addict who committed suicide, Crandell followed the same path from when he was an eighth-grader until 11 years ago next week. +

April 2, 2004 – Transition Times

“My eyes never left the screen and I wasn’t the only one drying my eyes…The film was great and will have a big impact on all who see it…Wonderful, moving, inspirational, painful, powerful…I wish all young people could see that movie.” +

March 1, 2004 – Sylvania United Church

In our own community, Todd Crandell has overcome his adolescent problems with substance abuse and has not only turned his life around, but is now helping save the lives of others. He is a motivational speaker and each week he gathers a group of young people… +

January 28, 2004 – Poly Post

People of all ages and different backgrounds participated in the event. Some of the participants included recovering addicts, their families, experienced runners, teachers, students and professionals from the community. +

January 13, 2004 –

“I’m trying to take all the negative things that have happened to me and turn them into something that can help other people,” said Crandell, who was in Lexington earlier this month, visiting relatives. +

January 10, 2004 – Herald Leader

“Part of our message to young people or others fighting addiction is to find whatever you have a passion for — whether it’s running the Ironman or teaching school — and put your energy into that instead of wasting your time with alcohol or drugs,” Crandell says. +

January 1, 2004 – Dayton Daily News

It won’t be on TV but the students at the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, on January 29, will get a reality show they are not likely to forget. +

December 12, 2003 – Syosset Jericho Tribune

The sun certainly smiled down on Racing for Recovery CEO and founder Todd Crandell and Long Island Racing for Recovery chair Kathleen Hannan, as 345 finishers helped further the fight against drug and alcohol abuse on Long Island and all over the nation. +

November 13, 2003 – Herald Community

“I was physically, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt,” said Crandell, 36. “I was a drug addict and an alcoholic, living out of my car, but through the support of friends and family I have been able to turn my life around.” +

November 5, 2003 – Newsday New York

Sitting in the theater in his hometown of Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, Todd Crandell watched as the film documenting his descent into alcoholism and drug abuse unfolded on a big screen in front of 436 people, many of whom had grown up with him. +

October 26, 2003 – Sylvania Herald

Despite cool temperatures and sporadic rains, over 300 people turned out for Racing For Recovery’s 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk this past weekend. +

October 25, 2003 – Toledo Blade

A student at McCord Junior High School, Todd Crandell was at a party when he drank just enough beer to create a pleasant buzz in his head. +

October 10, 2003 – DesiTalk News India

According to some studies of minority groups, there is a significant incidence of alcoholism among South Asian American adolescents and experts speak of a persistent problem of denial. +

October 7, 2003 – Alabama Call News

Crandell, a former professional hockey player and former addict, hit rock bottom and nearly destroyed his life before turning things around by beating his addictions and turning himself into a prime time triathlete. +

October 6, 2003 – Mobile Register

October is also Drug Awareness month for the Mobile County, so Callahan says it’s perfect timing for this weekend’s race. “All the money we raise from this run will be kept local…” +

October 6, 2003 – Owens Outlook

To help others recognize the negative affects that substance abuse can have on one’s life Crandell regularly shares his story and the Racing for Recovery mission with organizations, schools and drug rehabilitation programs. +

September 20, 2003 – Toledo Blade

Todd Crandell doesn’t have all the answers, but he is sure of one thing: God is watching over him. +

September 15, 2003 – Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune

Todd Crandell has exchanged a bleak, black-and-white existence of addiction, debauchery and mayhem for a life lived in three-dimensional vivid color. And now he can share his story in a way few others can. +

September 1, 2003 – Healthy Living News

The Jan. ’02 issue of Health Living News featured the remarkable story of Todd Crandell whose life was shattered by alcohol and drug addiction for a period of 13 years. +

June 27, 2003 – Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Corona resident will attempt to complete the race, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run — all in about 12 hours. +

June 2, 2003 – The Mirror

They received not only T-shirts, but also a message from Todd Crandell, founder and executive director of Racing for Recovery; a non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent all forms of substance abuse and to provide positive alternatives. +

June 1, 2003 – Ironman Countdown

Ironman Todd Crandell was 26 when he vowed to end a painful chapter of drug and alcohol addiction. +

April 30, 2003 – Virgin Island Daily News

Todd Crandell is a Tri-Athlete and Anti-Drug Crusader By: Vincent Moore ST. CROIX – Compared to the 13-year +

March 26, 2003 – Sylvania Herald

Letter to the Editor By: Editor My name is Todd Crandell and I am the Founder and Executive +

February 20, 2003 – Malaysian Star

From Junkie to Jock By: Staff Writer If a teenager is hell bent on doing something, it’s going +

February 1, 2003 – Malaysian Star

Race to Recover By: S.S. Yoga Racing for Recovery™ was a result of a realisation by one man, +

December 1, 2002 – American Triathlete Magazine

Athlete Joe By: Staff Writer After a 13-year addiction to drugs and alcohol, Crandell chose Tri for sobriety. +

November 6, 2002 – Sylvania Herald

Racing for Recovery™ Holds Inaugural 5k By: Staff Writer Nearly 300 runners took part in the inaugural Racing +

October 1, 2002 – Oregon City Matter

Racing for Recovery™ By: Staff Writer Bobbi Finn-Will, Probation, has been holding a series of support group meetings +

September 11, 2002 – Ironman™ Wisconsin

Ironman™ Runs, Bikes and Swims Into Town By: Michael Jones, Sports Writer If you see hordes of men +

August 7, 2002 – Ironman™ Wisconsin

Triathlete to Compete at Ironman™ Wisconsin and Race for Recovery By: Shane Facteau, Communications Director MADISON, Wisc. – +

August 1, 2002 – Sylvania Advantage

Former Addict Holds 5k Run/Walk for Drug Prevention and Treatment By Sue Van Fleet The Road to Recovery +

July 21, 2002 – Plain Dealer

Triathlete Wants to Lead Others on Road to Recovery By E.L. Rogers Todd Crandell was throwing phones out +

July 13, 2002 – Muncie Indiana Star Press

Triathlete Has Overcome Addiction By Phil Beebe MUNCIE – Todd Crandell will begin today’s Muncie Endurathon in much +

July 12, 2002 – Indy Star

Ironman™ Learns His Lesson Well By: Kate Stone Todd Crandell had a bet with his dad if he +

July 11, 2002 – Ball State Daily News

Athlete Fights Addiction, Starts Group By Chris Claspell At one point in his life Todd Crandell was strung +

December 20, 2001 – Call News

Man Racing to Recover from Drug Addiction By Evan Duffy Todd Crandell, who turned his life around after +

December 6, 2001 – Sentinel Tribune

Triathlons Aid Sylvania Man In Overcoming His Addictions By Ken Kinney SYLVANIA- Todd Crandell has received help from +

December 1, 2001 – Runners World Magazine

The Human Race Edited by: Eileen Portz-Shovlin “I found a whole new life through running, says Todd Crandell +

September 18, 2001 – West Toledo Herald

Local Athlete Takes Steps to Help Others on the Road to Recovery By Paula Gibson They say a +

September 1, 2001 – Triathlete Magazine

A Healthy Addiction By Betsy Redfern Todd Crandell is your typical addict-a quick sweep of his life proves +