The partnership will kick off this November with an intensive speaking campaign by Crandell in local high schools, churches, community groups, and rehabilitation facilities. The campaign will culminate in a half marathon and the launch of a series of Racing for Recovery family support groups — an innovative alternative to addiction prevention and recovery that redirects addicts’ addictive impulses into fitness and sports.
Todd’s own thirteen-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. He quit using drugs and alcohol in 1993, and has been sober ever since. In the process of rebuilding his life, Todd realized traditional recovery programs weren’t enough. He needed something more. He chose the most grueling sport imaginable, the Ironman Triathlon – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. Todd ran his first triathlon in 1999 and has never stopped. He has completed sixteen full-length Ironmans all over the world, and in 2008 completed the Ultraman Hawaii, which is a three-day test of endurance that includes 6.2 miles of swimming & 90 miles of biking (day 1) 171.2 mile of biking (day 2) and 52.4 mile of running (day 3). His experience running these events continues to inspire others on their road to sobriety. He founded Racing for Recovery in 2001.
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