Todd Crandell - Sylvania, OH
Drug use and drinking destroyed my life. In my 20's I had gone from being a promising hockey
player on my way to a professional career to a homeless, starving and drug-addicted ghost of
myself. After several brutal and harrowing encounters with rock-bottoms over 13 years, I
decided to quit cold-turkey on April 15, 1993. Then I took up triathlons, and found that
athletic effort helped me overcome my addictions.
I now compete regularly in triathlons, including Ironman, work as a professional speaker and
drug counselor, and run a foundation (Racing for Recovery) helping others to use sports and
other positive endeavors to prevent or escape addiction.
One of the things I personally found discouraging with the traditional 12-step programs was
that mainly it involved a lot of talk about staying sober but didn't really offer anything
physically to stay away from addiction. Our mission at Racing for Recovery is to prevent all
forms of substance abuse and to provide positive alternatives for those currently battling
addictions by encouraging a lifestyle of fitness and health through 5K Run/Walk events across
Racing for Recovery has been featured on the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Radio
Show, ESPN's Cold Pizza, CNN, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated.com, FOX, ABC, CBS, and
NBC News, Runner's World and Triathlete Magazines, and a host of radio, newspaper and magazine
interviews across the United States and throughout the world.
Todd Crandell has written a book about his struggle with addiction and his successful
recovery called, Racing for Recovery, From Addict to Ironman. To learn more about Todd's
story and the Racing for Recovery organization go to www.racingforrecovery.com.