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Todd  Crandell LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Todd Crandell LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Founder & President of Racing for Recovery


Todd Crandell, Professional Counselor (PC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III), has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping substance abusers rechannel their destructive behaviors into positive, life-affirming action. Read More >

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 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 ran his first triathlon in 1999 and has never looked back.

In 2008 he was the only person in the world to complete the UltramanTM 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, 171.2 miles of biking on day 2 and 52.4 miles of running on day 3. Six days later Crandell completed IronmanTM Western Australia.

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 5 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 has chronicled his powerful mental and physical journeys in his books From Addict to Ironman (2006) and There is More than One Way to get to Cleveland (2013), which is now 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).

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. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Running with Demons Trailer

ESPN Feature

Racing to Recovery

ADDICT Documentary Trailer

There is More Than One Way to Get to Cleveland

Interview: Todd Crandell's Journey and Career

Racing for Recovery Channel 9 Australia: From Addict to Ironman

Speech Topics

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 is 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 Your Passion into a Way to Help 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.