Triathlete to share story of overcoming drugs, alcohol

April 2, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Jeffrey Romagni



For those addicted to drugs and alcohol, the very thought of becoming sober may seem impossible. So how do people do it?

For Todd Crandell, traditional recovery programs just weren’t enough. His 13-year struggle with drugs and alcohol destroyed his life, devastated relationships with family and friends, and shattered the promise of a professional hockey career.

In order to successfully rebuild his life, Crandell realized he needed something more, so he chose the most grueling sport imaginable: the Ironman Triathlon. Armed with a new dedication to endurance training, he quit using drugs and alcohol in 1993 — and has been sober since.

Crandell will discuss his story, “Running With Demons: From Addict to Ironman,” Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Oak Room on Main Campus.

He has completed 18 full-length Ironman Triathlons across the world. The competitions consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.

In 2001, Crandell formed Racing for Recovery, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent substance abuse by promoting a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness.

The native of Sylvania, Ohio, wrote a book about his triumphs called Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman, and he released a documentary, “Addict: Racing for Recovery.” In addition to being an author and filmmaker, he is a licensed professional counselor and works primarily in the Sylvania area.

The free, public talk is sponsored by the UT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Committee.

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