Get Involved – Open Heart Magic Charity Team

After testing different shirt colors we found that Charity Team runners not only look best in red, but they are also faster in red. And each step is to help kids!

Do something epic: join Open Heart Magic’s Charity Team

The miles run and the funds raised by Open Heart Magic’s Charity Team inspire and support our Hospital Magicians in their efforts to reach more than twelve thousand sick kids each year. Thanks to the impressive dedication of athletes on our Charity Team, Hospital Bedside Magic® is able to go where other programs don’t — to reach kids at critical moments in their treatment.

Race with a purpose. Fundraise for Bedside Magic®.

The Charity Team is critical to Open Heart Magic’s mission of bringing laughter and hope to kids in hospitals. And with our low fundraising requirements, team members find that fundraising’s a breeze. Whether team members are competing, training, fundraising or just spreading the word, they get lots of support from the Open Heart Magic community. 

Official Charity of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been canceled. Please click here for the official announcement from the Marathon and next steps for registered runners. If you joined Team OHM and have a question about deferring your entry, please reach out to Becky at [email protected].

No race is too small, when Open Heart Magic athletes are so great

From 5K runs to marathons, and bike races to triathlons, Charity Team members don’t need to finish first to be number one in our book. Team members have competed in 5Ks, 8Ks, Ironman races, CrossFit challenges, marathons, stair climbs, bike races and more. Whether you’re looking for a great reason to run or motivation to push yourself through another marathon, we have a spot for you on the Charity Team.

Perks of joining Open Heart Magic’s Charity Team:

  • Running events and world-class training available through our partnership with the Chicago Area Runners Association
  • FREE Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration and low fundraising requirements compared to other charities
  • Cool-looking OHM training & race day shirts tell the world you’re running for sick kids
  • Fundraising secrets and best practices to help you reach your goal
  • A strong online community to share the experience and help you stay the course to your success
  • Invitation to OHM’s Appreciation Party — held in past years at Goose Island and Lagunitas Breweries
  • A fun group of people — from serious CrossFit athletes & marathoners to first-time runners

Join Open Heart Magic’s Charity Team

Step 1

Register for the Charity Team


Step 2

Raise your left hand, then smack it with your right hand.
(That’s applause for joining Open Heart Magic’s 2020 Charity Team!)

Step 3

Register for any athletic event of your choice – live, virtual, a personal challenge of your choosing, whatever inspires you! Grab a friend within your quarantine bubble and sign up together!

Step 4

We’ll help you set up your personalized fundraising web page (super easy!) for safe, convenient online donations.

Step 5

Begin spreading the word that you are a superhero for sick kids! (Cape is totally optional.)

*Deadline for donations is 30 days after your chosen event.


When that marathon playlist just isn’t bringing out the jams, Charity Team runners find that extra push from the amazing – and loud – Charity Team Road Crew.

Want to know more?

If you have questions or would like to know more about becoming a Charity Team Member, please reach out to Becky Evans. She can be reached via email or by calling our office at 312-624-8079.