Running with Demons is the story of Todd Crandell, a man who for thirteen years of his young life battled through severe alcohol and drug addictions, precipitated by the loss of his mother to suicide.
Destitute and homeless, Todd began a new journey taking him across the globe competing in the extremes of all endurance races: the 2001 Ironman™ in New Zealand. But unbeknownst to Todd, crossing the finish line would become more symbolic than just finishing a race. It would change his life, and the lives of others.
Fast forward eighteen years, Todd competes in extreme endurance events all over the world, promoting his not-for-profit foundation, Racing for Recovery™, utilizing the Ironman™ and now the Ultraman™: a grueling three-day, 318.6 mile triathlon, to spread his message of hope.
In July 2009, Todd competed in his second Ultraman™ set in the rustic backcountry of Penticton, British Columbia: the Ultraman™ Canada. It was there over the course of three brutal days, suffering through record summer temperatures, that Todd revealed yet another life-changing struggle: whether to quit Racing for Recovery™ to save his relationship with his family, or continue saving lives through his foundation; a parallel so resembling Todd's days of becoming sober.
While the ONLY film crew permitted such unprecedented access in the 25-year history of the Ultraman™ the film crew follows Todd along every brutal mile, Todd shares a unique and stark glimpse into the life of an ex-addict who's battling with yet another addiction: saving people's lives, and the cost endured to him and his family, while continuing to face the demons from his past that continue to haunt him.