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.

2021 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!

Tracey Scheppach founded Team Bright Side in response to her son’s diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The team trains athletes to compete in the Chicago and New York City triathlons while raising funds to eradicate pediatric blood cancers. With over 570 athlete finishes, Team Bright Side has raised over $1.5 million including a recent donation of $500,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

The Renew Chicago Tri Team is back for its fifth season with the Chicago Triathlon. More than 300 team members have raised over $250,000 for a dozen local ministry and charity partners, including Tri-Masters & Live Grit Soars, and this season is racing to support Breakthrough Urban Ministries, which provides a range of services – including housing, food, education and youth activities – for our neighbors in the East Garfield Park community. Registration for the 2022 team opens soon.

Live Grit SOARS builds strong kids through equitable access and empowerment. Every year our youth triathlon program trains athletes from underserved communities to compete in the Chicago Kid’s Triathlon. Our athletes spend all summer learning to swim, bike, and run. Even more importantly, these athletes develop the skills to persevere towards their long-term goals and become the next generation of leaders.

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.

Dare2tri is an Illinois-based 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization with the mission to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through swimming, biking, and running.

Dare2tri empowers athletes of all ability levels from beginner to elite to be physically active, engaged with their community, and set and reach goals. We transform lives by boosting individuals’ self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth.

The mission of the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation (CEF) is to encourage and empower the next generation of engineers. CEF proudly supports students across the city, with virtual K-12 learning opportunities, nearly $100,000 in scholarship awards each year, and career resources to help Chicago students achieve their engineering career goals.

We are raising funds to further pediatric cancer research efforts and support families who have a child under-going cancer treatment.

Team in Training – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will help to fund the amazing research and programs. Raised funds which will go directly to LLS and its longstanding mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Calculated Genius is dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to engineering, to inspire and support a brighter future. We are invested in the genesis of an emerging and diverse pool of engineers that will transform Chicago into a more innovative and just 21st century city.