Tri for a cause

The Chicago Triathlon is proud to partner with so many great charities that give you the opportunity to race for a cause. If you’re passionate about our partners, consider supporting their cause by joining their team and dedicating your race to helping others. Many of these organizations offer their own full-service training programs.

Prospective Partners

Regardless of your affiliation, all charity participants receive special perks, including complimentary admission to our annual Open Water Swim Clinic Series (a legitimate practice event) as well as special race-day accommodations. Interested in becoming a charity partner? Check out the resources below:

> 2020 Charity Program
> Pre-event Application

For additional information, please contact Jeremy Weitzman at

Featured Charity Partner

Save The Children

Save the Children is an international children’s relief organization that has been helping children in the U.S. and around the world for 100 years. When you join our team, you receive a guaranteed entry into the Chicago Triathlon, great team swag, an invitation to our race weekend breakfast, special race experiences, and more! By fundraising with us, you are helping to provide children with what they deserve – a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. Join us and create ripples of change for children everywhere.

With your help, we will ensure:

  • No child dies from preventable causes
  • All children learn from a quality basic education
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

Click here to learn more about the team and race perks!

Contact for any questions

Additional Partners

Team  Bright Side
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Team Bright Side was founded to demonstrate the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.

We’re more than a charity funding cancer research for kids. We’re a community of individuals dedicated to a mindset of grit, perseverance, and the unified understanding that even in our darkest moments we can embrace the bright side. Please consider joining our team at

We have raised over $1,100,000 and this will be our 7thyear competing in the Chicago Triathlon having trained over 420 athletes, both adults and kids, to a 100% successful completion rate.

Our fundraising goes to cutting edge of pediatric blood cancer research. This includes CAR-T immunotherapy and being a part of the first ever FDA approved treatment that uses a patient’s own genetically modified cells to attack the cancer- a true breakthrough. Please consider donating at

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leader in the fight against suicide. We fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies:

  • Fund scientific research
  • Offer educational programs for professionals
  • Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
  • Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
  • Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
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Make Every Mile Count and Join Team Lurie Children’s for the 2019 Chicago Triathlon!

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is ranked as the top pediatric hospital in Illinois, and #7 in the U.S. in the U.S.News & World Report 2017-2018 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides superior pediatric care in a state-of-the-art hospital that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, family-friendly design and research through the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

By joining our Triathlon team, you become part of something greater—healthier futures for kids locally and across the world. Although there is no fundraising minimum, we encourage all athletes to fundraise. Every dollar raised through our Triathlon team helps us care for more children and gets us closer to discovering lifesaving cures.

Lurie Children’s Triathlon Team provides a $10 discounted race entry, VIP race day experience including charity wave race start, discounted virtual Triathlon training, a personalized fundraising website page and toolkit, staff-provided fundraising advice and assistance and more to come! To join our team, visit our website or contact Tracey at

Ballou Skies
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The mission of Ballou Skies is to provide funds to map the hearts of those with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our triathlon team is raising money for and awareness of this 501(c)3 charity and the trial it supports at Ohio State University’s Heart Clinic.

Ryan Ballou has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and formed Ballou Skies with his father to provide funds for other boys with DMD that cannot afford the expensive OSU trial. Through Ballou Skies they are able to participate in the trial, strengthening their hearts and lengthening their lives. To join us contact or visit the Ballou Skies website.

Children’s Tumor Foundation
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Ready to race? Join us! The Children’s Tumor Foundation is working to make a difference in the lives of 1 in 3,000 children who have neurofibromatosis (NF) and you can too! NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, deafness, cancer, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain. Hardly rare, but rarely talked about, NF is more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s Disease combined. Your journey with the Children’s Tumor Foundation can make a world of difference to families living with NF. Please click here for more information.

Cornerstone Community Outreach
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Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long-standing commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are at the greatest risk of being excluded from necessary services. It is our great privilege to work alongside homeless families and individuals to find and secure stable housing. Training: Team CCO is excited to announce a partnership with Seth Kopf, owner of Kopf Running, an endurance coaching company that specializes in working with charity athletes.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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Calling all Superheroes! Join our team to add tomorrows for those living with cystic fibrosis! The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Team CF Superheroes receive support in both training and fundraising through a comprehensive benefits package. For more information, visit our website or contact Amy at

Organization for Autism Research
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The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is the only autism charity that focuses solely on applied research. Funds raised directly support research and programs that help parents, families, and educators in the autism community on a daily basis. Guarantee your entry with the TRI FOR AUTISM. Raise Money. Fund Research. Change Lives.

Renew Chicago Triathlon Team
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With an emphasis on first-timer training and a track record of winning the Charity Division, this super-social team is in the city for the city, focusing on community transformation and renewal. Join 100+ big-hearted Chicagoans as we race under the Renew Chicago flag to support partner ministries Breakthrough, Lydia Home and Salt & Light Coalition while sponsoring the kids from Live Grit Soars and Tri-Masters. Whether you’ve already registered for the event or not (we have options for both), Renew Chicago has all the race formats covered, delivers professional training, offers the best-looking uniforms and runs on faith and inspiration instead of a minimum fundraising requirement.

Special Olympics Chicago
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The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Team to End AIDS
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Tri proud with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), the endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). T2 will prepare you to complete a marathon, half marathon or triathlon, whether you’re an experienced athlete or just getting started. T2 participants receive a Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) gym membership, race entry, training/race shirts, fundraising page, pre-race pasta dinner, VIP race-day experience and more. Simply choose your endurance event, and our T2/FFC USAT- and USATF-certified coaches and staff will guide you through everything, from training to nutrition to fundraising. T2 will be with you every step to make sure you get to the finish line. With T2, you train without intimidation and triumph with elation. Register today! We welcome and accept all experience levels.

AFC is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Collaborating with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services, AFC funds and coordinates prevention, care and advocacy projects including effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.