Charity Program

The Life Time 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 Charity Partners

Applications for the 2022 Life Time Chicago Triathlon Charity Program are now available. We appreciate all of the charities that will be a part of race weekend and look forward to adding new and returning organizations to next year’s race.

2022 Charity Partners

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

For more information about the team, race perks, and how to register, please visit the link below. Also, if you have any questions specific to Save the Children, please reach out to

The Life Time Foundation is committed to helping children grow up strong, smart, and loved.  We believe for children to reach their full potential they must have access to nourishing meals. We collaborate with our country’s school food professionals to keep highly processed food out of meals while increasing the amount of fresh and simply prepared foods.  To date we have partnered with 27 school districts across the country, helping increase healthier food access for 1.7 million students in 3,554 schools.  In the current school year 2020-2021, we’re poised to impact over 256 million meals in one school year alone!

In 2013, Team Bright Side started as a fledgling team of six people trying to feel a sense of control after our founder heard those four words that changed her life: “Your child has cancer.” Her son is now a cancer survivor, and Team Bright Side is an unstoppable force that will keep fighting until no parent ever hears those four words again. Team Bright Side is about staring down that seemingly impossible task right in front of you and choosing to grow through the experience. Whether you’re curing cancer or training for a sprint triathlon, there’s a bright side in everything. We’ll help you find it.

Over the past nine years, we have trained more than 775 athletes to compete in the sport of triathlon, with 550 completing the Chicago Triathlon alone. We’ve done all this to raise money to fund research that will eradicate pediatric blood cancers.

The best-dressed charity team is back at the Chicago Triathlon with a more jam-packed, community-building social calendar than ever. Since 2016, more than 300 Renew Chicago team members have raised over $325K for a dozen local ministry and charity partners, and this season is racing to support Breakthrough, Live Grit Soars, Safe Families for Children, GRIP and Tri-Masters.

Live Grit SOARS uses the sport of triathlon as a vehicle to provide equitable access and empowerment to Chicago’s youth. Whether we are teaching our athletes to swim and bike or coaching them through a run, our programs open doors to empowering experiences and positive role models. By training for the Chicago Triathlon, the youth improve their self-esteem, positive coping skills and sense of community. Our focus on both physical and mental well-being teaches our athletes to set goals, engage in responsible decision-making and persevere through obstacles in the sport of triathlon and in their lives. 

TRI PROUD with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), the endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation 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 complimentary 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.

As a non-profit specializing in adaptive sports, we encourage recreation, racing, and competition, while cultivating a sense of community for all athletes, who are not labeled by physical ability but rather their determination and will to succeed. Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through swimming, biking, and running.

Our mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research. We identify and fund cutting-edge research, challenging scientists worldwide to collaborate and innovate in pursuit of a cure for epilepsy.

Since being founded in 1998, CURE Epilepsy has been at the forefront of epilepsy research, raising more than $85 million to fund research and other initiatives.

The answers are out there, and we’re determined to find them.

The Hoban Family Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in 2020 to serve children and support families who are impacted by pediatric cancer. The focus of 2022 is to raise funds to ease the financial burden of day to day life for parents who have a child under-going cancer treatment and support research efforts and novel therapies specific to refractory (tumor that did not respond to initial treatment) and relapsed Neuroblastoma, which is rarely cured.

Our Chapter’s mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. We serve those living with ALS and their families in Chicagoland, Central Illinois, and Northern Illinois. We host monthly support groups, conduct home visits, run a medical equipment lending program, provide access to resources and education about the disease, host ALS multidisciplinary clinics at six local hospitals, offer online counseling, give respite care grants, and much more. Everything we provide is free to our patients and their families, and we assist them throughout their entire journey with ALS. We also fund cutting edge research, both locally and globally, to find much needed treatments and a cure for ALS.

The purpose of The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

Gilda’s Club is a place where men, women and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer, as well as their families and friends, can feel they are part of a welcoming community of support.

Tri-Masters is a not-for-profit organization, with IRS 501(c) (3) status, that empowers at-risk children via triathlon in order to teach life lessons. As our youth athletes learn to swim, bike and run, they gain skills in goal-setting, conflict resolution, respect, responsibility, self-discipline and perseverance. “TRI…and you can MASTER anything in life.”

We seek to foster the life-long benefits of a healthy body and disciplined mind by promoting the fun and challenge of the sport of Triathlon. Our special purpose is to encourage and support Triathlon participation among youth within the African-American and Latino-American communities, but we encourage membership of all interested individuals without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin.

The Trotter Project creates, innovates, and advances place-based culinary arts learning and promotes food security. Our full circle programming works to open pathways for children and their families to enrich their own tables and communities.

DetermiNation is the American Cancer Society’s event endurance program, spanning a variety of sports including cycling, running, hiking, yoga, and more. The collective efforts of the dedicated athletes who use their fortitude to help raise funds to take down cancer are nothing short of amazing.

When you join DetermiNation, you’re not just participating in an endurance event. You’re pushing yourself to help save lives from cancer. Just like hard work goes into your event training, the American Cancer Society gives it our all through things like breakthrough research, patient programs and services, and a free 24/7 cancer helpline. Together, we’ll tackle every course, rally every community, and stay absolutely relentless in the fight against cancer.