Exercise Prevents Addiction: Todd Crandell, Recovering Drug Addict and Alcoholic, Stays Clean Through Exercise

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Award-winning Author Turned Exercise and Triathlons into Success; Now Guides Others Fighting Addiction to Do the Same.

Todd Crandell, a former drug addict and alcoholic-turned-Ironman triathlete, founder of the non-profit organization Racing for Recovery and author of the award-winning Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman, is available for live broadcast and print interviews regarding this week's release of studies that suggested in both humans and animals that exercise may help prevent drug or alcohol addiction.

Crandell overcame his battles with addiction through exercise and continues to work with others in the Ohio area and across the country using skills that he has developed and shares through his organization. Crandell, who will participate in the Ultraman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii on November 28, 29 & 30, 2008, is a expert on the topic of utilizing exercise to overcome addiction. He competes to raise funds for his organization, Racing for Recovery Eric Floyd Lifestyle Center in honor of Eric who lost his life due to drunk driving.

Crandell is very comfortable with on-camera and print interviews as his book, Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman (Breakaway Books) and has continued to spark media interest since its release on April, 2006. A native and current resident of Sylvania, Ohio, Crandell was profiled by Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN News and the Outdoor Life Network, and featured on a segment on ESPN's Sportscenter & "Cold Pizza" program, to name a few.

The book traces Crandell's 13-year battle with drug and alcohol addiction, shows how he finally achieved sobriety, and chronicles his new life as the head of a foundation aimed at preventing substance abuse among young people; and as a competitor in the grueling Ironman competition. Crandell's involvement earned him the prestigious Ford Everyday Hero award in 2006.

Crandell is a graduate of Spring Arbor University, and holds a master's degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University. For more information please visit the Foundation's website as http://www.RacingforRecovery.com.

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