Ohio Man Uses Running to Overcome Addiction, Frankfort Ironman 99th Race in His 100 Race Goals

Todd Crandell was one state away from his hometown and now his efforts have placed him one IRONMAN event away from his personal goal of 100 IRONMAN achievements.

Crandell carries the weight of his experiences from two decades ago in Toledo, Ohio. Mind-boggling endeavors like his own recovery from addiction that have humiliated and hobbled many Americans, are fueling Crandell’s challenge to compete in a key set of IRONMAN 2022 events.

Great and legendary IRONMAN courses like Kona, Hawaii loom in a month, but Sunday’s race in Frankfort, Michigan was quite the challenge. Michigan was Crandell’s 99th IRONMAN event completed with a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan’s Betsie Bay, a 56-mile bike loop along iconic M-22 and ending with a 13-mile loop. .1 miles around and across Betsie Bay and back. Crandell finished the course from Frankfort, Michigan in 5:45:39.

Crandell is now focused on the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 8, when he achieves his personal goal of completing 100 IRONMAN events. The Kona course consists of a 2.4-mile swim in Kailua Bay, a 112-meter bike ride with an elevation gain of 5,814 feet, and a 26.2-mile full marathon to complete the trip from 140.6 miles.

With every mile, Crandell runs, bikes and swims farther from the life he once lived, but closer to the many people he has helped in Toledo, Ohio, with his firm Racing for Recovery. federally approved counseling center dedicated to addiction recovery.

Crandell, who overcame a 13-year addiction to drugs and alcohol, took the pulse of a huge American problem that needs more, better-trained practitioners to stem the rising tide of devastated lives. In addition to being an IRONMAN, Crandell is a Certified Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC-CS).

Crandell’s organization, Racing for Recovery, offers free one-on-one counseling, an intensive outpatient program, and support group meetings for drug addicts, their families, and the community. It is designed to be an alternative to other recovery programs, with an emphasis on promoting a lifestyle of health, fitness and sobriety.

How does the addiction recovery marathon relate to the triathlon scale?

Data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics estimated 103,572 drug overdose deaths in the United States in the 12 months ending January 2022, a 9.3% increase from 94,764 death during the same period the previous year. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 85% of people who seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction relapse within a year of treatment.

Tackling an IRONMAN course almost feels like similar luck. IRONMAN events have a 7% to 14% DNF (Did Not Finish) rate.

But beating toward his goal of 100 IRONMAN finishes by October 2022, Crandell hopes his grueling mile-by-mile climb will be a guide for many fellow Americans (and their families) battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Crandell’s ultimate goal is to make Racing for Recovery an inpatient facility. After his 100th IRONMAN, he plans to build on that momentum and focus on taking Racing for Recovery to the next level – helping even more people by providing a place where struggling addicts and their families can get together. focus on themselves and challenge themselves to get sober. .

Follow Todd Crandell’s epic journey at Racing for Recovery and contact us if you or your family need help.

Racing for Recovery, of Toledo, Ohio, provides prevention and recovery services, such as counseling, speaking out, interventions, and court-ordered assessments and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization approved by the federal government.