our story


It all started with a triathlon retail store in Chicago's West Loop and quickly grew into a training community after our launch of the Chicago Triathlon First Timers’ program in 2015 for the Chicago Triathlon


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.


Live Grit founder Gillian Fealy has a law background with an emphasis on social work. Her normal 9-5 job is as an attorney with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. She saw first hand the social and economic disparities that children in underserved and under resourced communities face on a daily basis. It was this experience that motivated her to engage her community to try to solve these problems. Gillian wanted to give opportunities similar to those she was given, to youth who wouldn’t usually get first chances, let alone second chances.


After owning a triathlon retail store, in 2017 Gillian created Live Grit SOARS to provide the opportunities, mentorship, and training to Chicago’s underprivileged youth.


Today Live Grit SOARS focuses our work on equitable access and empowerment of youth through our digital device program and our youth triathlon team. 



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