The charity small enough where you’re still a big deal.

Hold up… does running 26.2 miles on October 7, 2018 really help kids in the hospital?

You bet your sweet shoelaces! The funds raised by the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Team will help us recruit and train more Volunteer Hospital Magicians and purchase the supplies our volunteers need, including the ones given to each young patient as they learn to perform a trick of their very own. Your fundraising will bring magic and smiles to thousands of children and their families, right when and where they need it the most.

We will make sure you have everything you need to achieve your goals, help you fundraise and surround you with great people who want to bring more magic to kids in hospitals!

Because we are a small organization, your participation will have an incredible impact. This video will give you an inside look into what it’s like to be a kid in the hospital:


Ready to run to help kids? Sign up now!

As an official charity of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’ve got guaranteed entries to this year’s race on October 7, 2018.

The drawing period will run from 10:00am CT October 24th – 2:00pm November 30th 2017. If you register for our team during this time, you are guaranteed a bib and our lowest fundraising requirement of $1,250 (due 10/31/18.)


And to sweeten the deal: the first 50 runners who sign up with us have their $195 registration fees waived! Jump on it and participate in this historic race at absolutely no cost to you. Don’t wait — join our team today

Charity Team Support & Benefits

  • Guaranteed entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon*
  • Kick-off Meet and Greet Party
  • Events and access to CARA’s Marathon Training Program at no cost to you**
  • Pre-Marathon pizza and pasta dinner with fellow runners
  • Sleek and sharp Open Heart Magic Charity Team training & race day technical t-shirts
  • Customized video content to share with your supporters
  • Fundraising secrets and best practices to help you hit your goal
  • A strong online community to share the experience and stay on course to success
  • The legendary Marathon Day Road Crew cheer section at 3 points of the race
  • OHM-wide Appreciation Party – previously at Goose Island and Lagunita’s Brewery
  • Crazy fun folks – from seasoned marathoners to first time runners

Have your own guaranteed bib, but you still want to join our team? You’re amazing!

High-five to you, Superstar! All drawing entries have a $500 fundraising commitment.

Charity Team Elite Fundraisers Rewards!

Elite fundraisers (top female and male fundraisers on the Charity Team) benefits:
  • Elite Fundraiser Trophy as proof of your victorious feat
  • Premium Open Heart Magic track suit/warm-up gear
  • Open Heart Magic Swag Bag
  • Entry-fee for next year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed to be covered***
  • You and guest will be honored at the 13th Annual Open Heart Magic Benefit!

*Please Note: $1,250 is required in fundraising for a Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed entry between 10/24-11/30 and $1,750 if using a Post-Drawing (11/31 and after) guaranteed entree. Limited guaranteed entries are available and are given out on a first-come, first serve basis.
**If you sign up for CARA through Charity Team, the fundraising minimum increases by $250 to cover costs.
***Only applicable if Elite runner rejoins and recommits to the Open Heart Magic Charity Team the following year.

Join our Team Today!

Questions? Contact the Charity Team Directly

If you have any immediate questions then please contact Emily Clouse, at
Or call our office at 312-624-8079.