Todd Crandell




Helping Others Stay Sober

CNN Special Projects Turning Points

ESPN From Addict to Ironman





Todd Crandell, THE ORIGINAL SOBER TRIATHLETESM, is a regular guest speaker for school districts, jail systems and detention centers, drug treatment facilities, businesses, organizations and community events nationwide. As someone who has been to the depths of despair, battled addiction, contemplated suicide, destroyed relationships with family and friends, and then did the work it takes to recover, Todd Crandell forms a strong, unique connection with his audience. Racing for Recovery™ has expanded its public speaking reach to include fitness institutions, triathlon clubs, collegiate athletic department, recovery based treatment providers and community centers.


With Sobriety, Anything is Possible


Drug addiction and other forms of self abuse typically stem from emotional trauma. A professional counselor and former addict, Crandell has a deep understanding of the thought processes and motivations that drive substance abusers, and the energy required to maintain such a life. In this insightful presentation, Crandell discusses why people choose to use drugs, and how the power of self-esteem and choice is all addicts really need to begin rebuilding their lives. Energetic and inspiring, Crandell also shows audiences how to rechannel their own negative behaviors into positive, life-affirming actions.

There’s More Than One Way to Get to Cleveland


There are many roads to recovery, but not all are created equal. In Todd Crandell’s case, traditional dependency programs didn’t provide the support and motivations required to break his cycle of abuse. Armed with a keen understanding of addiction and how the mind works, Crandell set out to develop a modern, alternative approach to overcoming addiction. Based on the premise of converting one’s negative behaviors into positive, productive actions, Crandell and his organization have helped thousands of people overcome their addictions while achieving – and maintaining – both the mental and physical health required to live their lives to the fullest.

A Charitable Life: Turning Passion into Helping Others


Realizing that traditional dependency programs were often lacking, Crandell set out to create his own. In 2001, he created Racing for Recovery, a federally recognized 501 c-3 non-profit dedicated to helping others prevent and overcome addiction. Since its humble beginnings, Racing for Recovery has grown to help thousands of addicts achieve and maintain both the physical and mental health required to lead happy, productive lives.


Todd Crandell, THE ORIGINAL SOBER TRIATHLETESM, License Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC-S) and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC-CS), has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping substance abusers re-channel their destructive behaviors into positive, life affirming action. By sharing personal stories about the perils of substance abuse, best practices in prevention and how to lead a holistic lifestyle, Crandell offers a positive alternative to those struggling to overcome a life of addiction.


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 worldclass athlete and champion for sobriety. 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 ran his first triathlon in 1999 and has never looked back.


He has since completed over 100 IRONMAN® and Ultraman Todd Crandell has chronicled his powerful mental and physical journeys in his books From Addict to Ironman (2006), There’s is More than One Way to get to Cleveland (2013), and Choices and Consequences (2019). These lay the foundation of Crandell’s intensive out-patient group that focuses on the emotional issues and low self-esteem that leads to a choice to drug use or self-harm and how to attain and sustain sobriety through a balanced and holistic lifestyle.


In addition, his story has been highlighted in the documentaries Addict (2003) and Running with Demons (2012) and award-winning Pure Euphoria (2020). A prolific and dynamic presenter, Crandell regularly speaks across the country to school districts, corrections facilities, drug treatment centers, community groups and other organizations. Leading with one simple message – “With Sobriety, Anything Is Possible” – Crandell’s mission is to prevent 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. triathlons in 15 countries on six continents, but that isn’t his proudest accomplishment.


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 that break the abuse cycle. 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 people from all walks prevent and overcome addiction. A multi-faceted empowerment group, Racing for Recovery offers weekly support group meetings that are available to everyone who has been affected by addiction, which includes both the individual who is suffering from the choices of using drugs and their friends and families, along with the public at large. The meetings provide an inviting, educational, supportive, encouraging and caring environment that each side of addiction benefits from.


Racing for Recovery has been featured on CNN, ESPN, the New York Times and Runner’s World Magazine, and is known throughout the world.


Todd Crandell, Certified Ironman Coach




IRONMAN Dominican Republic 70.3 #114



IRONMAN Greece 70.3 #113
IRONMAN Memphis, TN 70.3
IRONMAN Jones Beach, New York 70.3
IRONMAN Michigan 70.3
Sylvania, Ohio Sprint Triathlon
IRONMAN Ohio, Sandusky 70.3
IRONMAN Musselman 70.3
IRONMAN Pennsylvania, Happy Valley 70.3
Whitehouse, Ohio Sprint Triathlon
IRONMAN Western Massachusetts 70.3
IRONMAN Kona, Hawaii 70.3
IRONMAN Puerto Rico 70.3
IRONMAN Galveston, Texas 70.3



IRONMAN Hawaii World Championships
IRONMAN Michigan 70.3
IRONMAN Boulder 70.3
IRONMAN Maine 70.3
IRONMAN Ohio 70.3
IRONMAN Stealhead 70.3
IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3
IRONMAN Eagleman 70.3
Glass City 1/2 Marathon
IRONMAN Acapulco 70.3
IRONMAN San Juan 70.3
IRONMAN Hawaii Honu 70.3


Dave’s Turkey Chase 5K, Toledo
IRONMAN World Championships, 70.3, Utah
IRONMAN Michigan, 70.3
IRONMAN Oregon, 70.3
IRONMAN Virginia, 70.3 Blue Ridge
IRONMAN Chattanooga, Tennessee 70.3
IRONMAN Haines City, Florida 70.3

2011 - 2020

IRONMAN Arizona 70.3
Churchills 1/2 Marathon Perrysburg, Ohio

IRONMAN Ohio 70.3
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon
IRONMAN Traverse City 70.3
IRONMAN World Championships 70.3 Nice, France
Glass City Half Marathon
IRONMAN Virginia 70.3
IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3
IRONMAN Wisconsin 70.3
IRONMAN World Championships Kona, Hawaii
Turkey Trot 5k Toledo, Ohio

Glass City Half Marathon
Ironman Chattanooga 70.3
Ironman Boulder
Quarry Ridge Sprint Triathlon
Clark Lake Sprint Triathlon
Ironman Ohio 70.3
Sylvania Triathlon – Olympic Distance
Ironman Maine 70.3
Churchill’s Half Marathon
Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k

Glass City Half Marathon
Clark Lake Sprint Triathlon
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon
Ironman Raleigh 70.3
Ironman Steelhead 70.3
Ironman Atlantic City 70.3
Detroit Michigan Championships Olympic Triathlon

Glass City Half Marathon
Sylvania Triathlon — Olympic Distance
Ironman Ohio 70.3
Ironman Chattanooga

Ironman Melbourne, Austrailia
Glass City Half Marathon
Boy Scout Half Marathon

Ironman Los Cabos
Ironman Eagleman 70.3
Racing for Recovery Half Ironman
Ironman Louisville, Kentucky
Ironman Silverman 70.3, Nevada
Ironman 70.3, Princeton

Glass City Half Marathon Toledo, Ohio
Ironman Texas
Maumee Bay Olympic Distance Triathlon
Ironman Syracuse 70.3
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon
Indianapolis Half Marathon

Ironman San Juan 70.3
Racing for Recovery Half Ironman Triathlon
Motor City Triathlon – Olympic Distance
Ironman NYC US Championships
Ironman Mont-Tremblant
Ironman 70.3 Pocono
Ironman Hawaii World Championship
Santa Hustle Half Marathon Sandusky, Ohio
HUFF 50k (31 mile) run. Albion, Indiana

Michigan Championships Triathlon – Olympic Distance
Ultraman UK (DNF)
Ironman Lanzarote
Motor City Triathlon Olympic Distance
Big Fish Triathlon Olympic Distance
South Beach Triathlon Olympic Distance
ACT (Anyone Can Try Triathlon) Sprint Distance
Ironman Muncie 70.3
Lumberman Olympic Distance Triathlon
Sanford and Son Olympic Distance Triathlon
Sylvania Triathlon Olympic Distance

2001 - 2010

St Croix 50 mile run
IronHorse 50 mile run
Maumee Bay Triathlon Olympic Distance
Ironman Racine 70.3
Sylvania Triathlon Olympic Distance
Ironmam Muskoka 70.3
Ironman Cozumel

New Orleans Ironman 70.3
Motor City Triathlon Olympic Distance
Maumee Bay Triathlon Olympic Distance
Ironman Germany
Ironman Switzerland
Ultraman Canada
Sylvania Triathlon
Sydney Australia Marathon
Detroit Marathon
Philadelphia Marathon

Churchill’s Half Marathon Perrysburg , Ohio
Ironman China
St. Croix Half Ironman 70.3
Boise Ironman 70.3
Motor City Triathlon Olympic Distance
Rhode Island Half Ironman 70.3
Sylvania Triathlon Olympic Distance
Timberman Half Ironman 70.3
Ironman Louisville
LA Triathlon Olympic Distance
Tour de Scottsdale 70 mile bike race
Ultraman Hawaii
Ironman Western Australia

California 70.3 Half Ironman
Honu Half Ironman 70.3
Columbia Triathlon
Ironman Austria
Maumee Bay Triathlon Olympic Distance
Sylvania Triathlon Olympic Distance
Annapolis Triathlon (Maryland)

Ironman Arizona April
Boston Marathon April
Indy Half Marathon
Baja Half Ironman
Racing for Recovery Half Ironman
Maumee Bay Triathlon
Philadelphia Triathlon
Great White North Half Ironman
Steelhead Half Ironman
Sylvania Triathlon
Timberman Half Ironman
Rock N Roll Half marathon Virgina Beach
Cancun Half Ironman
Ironman Hawaii
Run with the Owls Lynbrook NY 4 Miler
Las Vegas Half Marathon

Ironman South Africa
Terre Haute Triathlon
Racing for Recovery Half Ironman
Maumee Bay Olympic Triathlon
Buffalo Springs Half Ironman Texas
Racine Wisconsin Half Ironman
Vineman Half Ironman
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
Ironman Korea
Chicago Marathon
4th Annual Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk

Florida ½ Ironman Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida
Muskoka Triathlon 1 mile swim, 38 mile bike, 9 mile run Muskoka, Ontario
Muncie ½ Ironman Muncie, Indiana
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
UK Half Ironman
Great Lake Escape Triathlon Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio Olympic Triathlon
Toronto Marathon
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Sylvania, Ohio
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Citronelle, Alabama
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Long Island New York

Ironman Malaysia Langkowi Malaysia DNF
St. Croix ½ Ironman St. Croix US Virgin Islands
Maumee Bay Sprint Distance Triathlon Maumee Bay, Ohio
Ironman Coeur D’ Alene Coeur D’ Alene Idaho
Muncie ½ Ironman Muncie, Indiana
Sylvania Olympic Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
New York City Marathon New York, NY
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Sylvania, Ohio
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Citronelle, Alabama
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Pomona California
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Long Island New York

Glass City Half Marathon, Toledo, Ohio
Ironman Brazil Florianopolis Brazil
Cleveland Olympic Distance Triathlon Cleveland, Ohio
Muncie ½ Ironman Muncie, Indiana
Maumee Bay Sprint Distance Triathlon Maumee Bay, Ohio
Sylvania Olympic Distance Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
Great Buckeye Challenge ½ Ironman Columbus, Ohio
Ironman Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin
Racing for Recovery 5k run/walk Sylvania, Ohio

Ironman New Zealand Lake Taupo New Zealand
Ironman USA Lake Placid, New York
Muncie ½ Ironman Muncie Indiana
Sylvania Olympic Distance Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
Columbus Marathon Columbus, Ohio

1999 - 2000

Ironman California Oceanside, California
Muncie ½ Ironman Muncie, Indiana
Sylvania Olympic Distance Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
Ironman Canada Pentiction, BC

Wendy’s Sprint Triathlon, Columbus, Ohio
Muncie Endurathon ½ Ironman Muncie, Indiana
Sylvania Olmypic Distance Triathlon Sylvania, Ohio
Ironman Florida, Panama City Beach, Florida




Founder of Racing for Recovery, Todd Crandell is an IRONMAN All World Athlete. 


To promote the mission of Racing for Recovery™ and bring awareness to the ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction, Todd Crandell, THE ORIGINAL SOBER TRIATHLETESM, regularly competes in Ironman™ and Ultraman™ events around the world. He continues to dedicate himself, physically and professionally, to help prevent substance abuse in adolescents and adults, as well as promote positive alternatives for those currently battling addiction.


Click the Years on this page to see the vast amount of races Crandell has completed.

Ignite Euphoria - Podcast by Todd Crandell
Pure Euphoria - A Journey of Consciousness




Cameo - Todd Crandell

100X global IRONMAN & ULTRAMAN triathlon finisher, sober 4-15-93, vegan 2-1-16, counselor, father, speaker, 5X author and founder of Racing for Recovery. All proceeds will go to support Racing for Recovery’s mission.