Founder & President, Racing for Recovery
Todd Crandell, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) & Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), has dedicated his personal and professional life to assisting those battling addictions and their destructive behaviors into attaining and sustaining sobriety through implementing a balanced holistic lifestyle. By sharing personal experiences about the perils of substance abuse, innovative and unique approaches in prevention and treatment, Crandell offers a positive alternative to those struggling to overcome a life of addiction and self destruction. His 13-year struggle with drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed his life, devastating relationships with family and friends and shattering the promise of a professional hockey career. However, through his pursuit of extreme physical fitness and personal well-being, he found a productive outlet for his once-negative energies, transforming himself into a world-class athlete and champion for sobriety.
In the process of rebuilding his life, Crandell realized traditional recovery programs weren’t always enough to help people refocus their addictive drives into positive actions. In his pursuit of recovery, he applied his energy to pursue the most grueling sport imaginable, the Ironman triathlon: A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Crandell completed his first Ironman triathlon in 1999 and has never looked back.
Clean and sober since 1993, Crandell has completed 28 full-length Ironman triathlons across the world. In 2008, he was the only person in the world to complete the Ultraman Hawaii triathlon, which is a 3 day test of endurance, consisting of 6.2 miles of swimming and 90 miles of biking on day 1, 170.2 miles of biking on day 2, and 52.4 miles of running on day 3, followed by completing the Ironman Western Australia 6 days later.
Crandell’s experiences and inspirational efforts led to the formation of Racing for Recovery in 2001, a federally approved 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping everyone affected by addiction. A multi-faceted empowerment group, Racing for Recovery offers support group meetings, intensive outpatient groups (IOP), individual/family counseling, interventions, assessments, specialized treatment plans, speaking engagements, and urinalysis testing to help develop and promote a balanced holistic lifestyle. Racing for Recovery has been featured on CNN, ESPN, The Doctors, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Runner’s World & Triathlete Magazines, as well as a plethora of radio and television stations throughout the world.
Todd Crandell has chronicled his powerful mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and educational journey in his books From Addict to Ironman (2006) and There’s More Than One Way to Get to Cleveland (2013), as well as in the documentaries ADDICT (2003) and Running with Demons (2012).
A prolific and dynamic speaker, Crandell regularly speaks to schools, churches, correctional institutions, drug treatment centers, businesses, and community organizations. Leading with one simple message – “With Sobriety, Anything is Possible” – Crandell shares the Racing for Recovery mission of preventing all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health. As someone who has been to the depths of despair, battled addiction, contemplated suicide, yet overcame and found the willpower to succeed, Crandell is able to form an intimate connection with his audience, inspiring and changing lives at every event.
EDUCATION & LICENSURE
- Bachelor of Business degree from Lourdes College
- Master of Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
- Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC)
For more information please contact ToddCrandell@RacingforRecovery.com or 419-824-8462.
With Sobriety, Anything is Possible