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 thousands of sick kids each year. Thanks to the impressive dedication of athletes on our Charity Team, 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 a cause

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

Our 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon spots with guaranteed entry are full! If you have a bib, you’re welcome to join us! If you don’t, check back soon for information on our 2019 team or choose your own race for this year!

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, there’s room 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
  • 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
  • Low fundraising requirements compared to other charities
  • 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 2018 Charity Team!)

Step 3

Register for any athletic event of your choice. Note: Our guaranteed entry spots for the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon are full.

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.

Become a Charity Team “Elite Fundraiser”

Elite Fundraiser benefits:

  • Elite Fundraiser Trophy (as proof of your victorious feat!)
  • Premium Open Heart Magic track suit/warm-up gear
  • Open Heart Magic Swag Bag
  • Two complimentary tickets to Open Heart Magic’s (always sold-out) 13th Annual Benefit

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.