Charities
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 jweitzman@lt.life.

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 team@savechildren.org for any questions

Silver Level Partners

Team to End AIDS
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TRI PROUD with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). T2 strives to improve the lives of those who are living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, by raising funds to support programs and services provided by AFC. Through endurance sports, T2 raises awareness, reduces stigma, empowers participants and encourages action to create health equity across Chicagoland.

Benefits received by T2 participants include, complementary race entry, coach led training and training plan, race apparel, personalized fundraising support and tools, pre-race team dinner, VIP race-day experience and more.

Elim Christian Services
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Elim Christian Services serves persons with disabilities through several programs and services, including Elim Christian School, Elim’s Adult Services Program, and Elim Learning. Elim Christian School offers education and therapies to students 3 to 21 years old. Elim’s Adult Services program provides vocational training, life-skills training, and continuing education and work opportunities to adults with disabilities. Elim Learning seeks to further equip those who support individuals with disabilities – including Elim staff, educators in local communities, and ministry partners internationally – through training, professional development, and direct and consultative support.

Elim serves almost 500 persons with disabilities through our main campus in Crestwood and our south campus in Orland Park, Illinois, and serves hundreds more through Elim Learning partnerships.

The Hoban Family Pediatric Cancer Foundation
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The Hoban Family Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded to serve children and support families who are impacted by pediatric cancer. The focus of 2020 is to raise funds to support research efforts and studies specific to relapsed Neuroblastoma for which there currently is no cure.

Bronze Level Partners

Live Grit SOARS
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Live Grit SOARS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of Chicago’s youth to achieve their full potential. We are dedicated to improving physical and emotional wellbeing, academic success, and interpersonal relationships.

Founded in 2017, Live Grit SOARS provides youth in underserved Chicago communities the platform to enable self-discovery and character development through the sport of triathlon- swimming, biking, and running. Young athletes can join Live Grit SOARS starting in the 3rd grade and have the opportunity to continue with the program as both an athlete and a coach throughout and beyond high school. Live Grit SOARS embodies Chicago’s attitude. We work hard, and play hard. We have passion and determination, and we have relaxation and enjoyment. Grit helps to fuel the passion our athletes have while maintaining a sense of life. You learn to train and achieve with Grit.

Live Grit started as a triathlon retail store in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood quickly grew into a training community after our launch of the Chicago Triathlon First Timers’ program in 2015.

Since then, we’ve encouraged, guided, and supported more than 3,000 ordinary people in their quests to accomplish extraordinary things. We witnessed those same people take their newfound confidence, apply it to their personal and professional lives and thrive.

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.

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)
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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research.Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised more than $60 million to fund epilepsy research and other initiatives that will lead the way to cures for the epilepsies.

CURE awards grants for novel research projects to prevent epilepsy related to post-traumatic epilepsy, advancing the search for a cure, eliminating treatment side effects, and reversing deficits caused by frequent seizures. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and to date has awarded more than 230 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world.

LUNGevity Foundation
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LUNGevity is the nation’s leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit.

The Julie D Foundation
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The Julie D. Foundation’s mission is simple, to keep the spirit of Julie D. alive by continuing to raise awareness and give support to the causes that she cared about most.

On August 7, 2015, beloved daughter, sister, and friend to many, Julie D’Agostino passed away due to complications from her second lung transplant after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a life-threatening, progressive, genetic illness that predominantly affects the lungs and pancreas. Though Julie was dealt a bad hand in life, her positive attitude, courageous determination, and utterly magnetic charm defined her far more than her diagnosis did. Julie’s commitment to kindness, exuberant personality, and loving disposition despite her illness made her a hero to many and an inspiration to all.

Whether you know someone with CF, someone who has bravely fought a similar long-term illness, or anyone who has experienced the miracle of organ donation, you know what a blessing it is to have heroes like Julie in our lives. The Julie D. Foundation plans to give back to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Gift of Hope whom, without their support, we would not have been able to enjoy Julie’s smile for the years we did.

Dare2tri
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Since 2011, Dare2tri has worked with athletes of all ability levels from beginner to elite by serving youth, adults, and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and those with visual impairments and blindness.

Chicago Engineers Foundation
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The Chicago Engineers Foundation empowers Chicago’s future engineers. Three student-centered programs work together to support aspiring engineers. K-12 classroom presentations inspire young problem-solvers, a merit-based scholarship award program encourages students through their college studies, and a career development program provides awarded students with the tools to graduate and achieve their engineering career goals.

Have Dreams
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As a pioneer in the social skills programming for children with autism, Have Dreams was founded in 1996 by parents and educators seeking to fill a void in the community for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Today, Have Dreams serves children, teens and adults with ASD and their families, through lifespan programs and services at our facilities in Park Ridge and Evanston.