Running with Demons

Synopsis: Faced with insurmountable odds, Todd Crandell takes us on a journey from alcohol and drug addiction to running endurance races such as the Ironman and Ultraman Hawaii and Canada all to ...
Genre: Documentary
85 min

Todd Crandell:

My name is Todd Crandell.

I was a drug addict and

alcoholic for 13 years of my


My wife Melissa and I

and our four children,

live in

Sylvania, Ohio; my hometown.

Voice Over (Todd Crandell):

In 1993 I got a second chance

and it changed my life.

Now I change others lives.

Today I am a licensed

professional counselor,

a licensed chemical

dependency counselor and have

an MAC;

Master of Counseling degree.

I am the founder of

Racing for Recovery,

a nonprofit dedicated to

helping others with their

drug and alcohol

dependency and recovery.

But because of the support

from the people here...

I am also an

extreme triathlete and use

endurance races like the

Ironman and now the Ultraman

triathlon to spread my

message that with sobriety,

anything is possible.

Everything I do, I do for my


and Racing for Recovery.

But theres something I

haven't recovered from,

battles I am

still fighting.

This is my

struggle, this is my life,

this is my story.

I am running with demons.

Ominous noises and hard rock

start up...

Male Speaker:
We have the man

who is going to be the next

to finish.

The man who has shown that

with sobriety anything is


He became sober

April 15th 1993;

he's been Racing for Recovery

to help other people with

drug and alcohol problems.

Here he is coming on

the homestretch,

he s done the

world championships;

he did that last year.

Its going to be 42 year

old Todd Crandell out of

Sylvania, Ohio and

a tremendous job.

18 Ironman to his credit

including Ironman Canada in

the year 2000 he s

racing away to the way to the

32 oh 3, 33 tops in there.

He's married with four

children might be

very proud to of this stuff

as well 10:
30 on day one,

12 yesterday

To Todd Crandell,

congratulations went from

addict to Ironman.

That was a very great title

as well and the film for now

Running with Demons and we

certainly appreciate the fact

that already this year

he's done Ironman Germany,

Ironman Switzerland and

New Orleans 70 point 3.

Thanks for coming

to Canada Todd Crandell,

no doubt he is going to get

another tattoo about this one

Hard rock music starts and plays

over the images...

Sounds of water underneath

Male Speaker:
Good luck

to you all.

May the wind be at your back,

see you at the finish line.

Male Speaker:
All right.

Cheering sounds with clapping

Male Speaker:
All right you

got about 10 minutes to get

warmed up everybody.

Todd Crandell:
This is

the part that's like...

It s the most nerve-racking

of Ironman's anything the

start of these things is

the most nerve-racking.

It'll take me about maybe 20

minutes into the swim before

I kind of like, okay Im good

nice start going and like I

said getting out of the water

I'll be like wow I got that

done. And then the

bike for me is the biggest


I am not a great biker that s

the hardest thing for me so

the next, the rest of today

and then all of tomorrow will

be the challenge.

And then the run for

me that's my thing.

Hey thanks, thanks thanks.


Male Speaker (off Screen):

It is time.

Todd Crandell:
Let's go.

Male Speaker:

Undecipherable over PA System

The race has begun.

Male Speaker:
Yeah he's on

his way and Darwin asked me

how he was in

the last Ultraman.

And he's definitely

relaxed this time around and

a lot less stuff going on

and he knows what he s doing.

And he knows of his

ability so it is... uh

he'll be fine it'll be a

goodtime out there he s going

to have a goodtime

and enjoy himself so.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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