To further our mission to help improve the health and wellness of our community, Mercy Health is pleased to announce a special partnership with Racing for Recovery. This partnership includes becoming the presenting sponsor for the organization’s signature 5K/10K race that raises funds for treatment and support opportunities for those working to overcome their self-destructive choices. Additionally, Mercy Health and Racing for Recovery will work together to raise awareness about addiction and connect patients with services available in our community.


Established in 2001, Racing for Recovery is a leading local 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health for all those affected by addiction. Racing for Recovery lives their slogan, “With Sobriety, Anything is Possible”, and puts action behind all that they do. The organization currently provides ten weekly support group meetings including a book study/open discussion/walking & running/and yoga.


“At Mercy Health, our 163-year mission calls us to address the health needs of all in our community, including those with addiction and behavioral health needs. As such, we are committed and focused on working with our local community to address the addiction epidemic,” said Jeff Dempsey, president for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. “Racing for Recovery shares our same vision and is focused on caring for the whole person—mind, body and spirit. We are excited and honored to partner with them on spreading the message about addiction and offering resources available right here in our community.”


According to the Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 22 million Americans are classified with one form or another of substance dependence or abuse. Recovering from an addiction is a major challenge and research recognizes the correlative relationship between fitness, physical health and sustainable recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders. 


Aside from counseling, Racing for Recovery also provides assessments, urinalysis testing, case management, and intensive outpatient group therapy. With lived experience from alcohol and drug abuse, over 24 years of sustained sobriety, and continued licensure and education in the field of counseling, Todd Crandell LPCC, LICDC also travels the world as an expert for keynote speaking.


“We are extremely grateful for the partnership with Mercy Health to help grow the awareness, break the stigma, and help to heal all those that have been affected by substance abuse and self-destructive behaviors” said Todd Crandell, Founder of Racing for Recovery. “This October marks the 16th year for this annual event and with the support of Mercy Health we are excited about the impact this event will have on our community over the next 3 years!”


Racing for Recovery Memorial 5K/10K Race presented by Mercy Health is set for Sunday, October 22 on the campus of Lourdes University. For more information and to register log onto: