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Save the Date for the 5th Annual Appleton Houdini 10k on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Volunteer! If you cannot participate but would like to volunteer, e-mail [email protected]






What: Houdini 10k 

This event, starting at Houdini Plaza in Appleton, will support local non-profits, and provide runners of Northeast Wisconsin with “Houdini-esque” start and finish line entertainment and a race distance that is great for runners of all ability levels.

When: November 2, 2019


Appleton, WI! The race will start at Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton and finishing at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub. 

Houdini 10k Map


Awards will give to the overall winner (male and female) along with the top 3 finishers (male and female) in each age group listed below:

12 & Under, 13 – 18, 19 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49 50 – 54 55 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, 80+

The awards is a gift certificate to Run Away Shoes.

2019 Proceeds: TBD

All participants will receive: 

  • Participant Shirt 
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finish Line Buffet
  • BEER! 
  • Chip Timing
  • Street Entertainment
  • Heated* tent at the finish line (*based on needs due to weather)

2019 Finisher Medal: TBD

What are people saying about the Houdini 10k?

“I’d say the Houdini 10K is probably one of my favorite races to run. It’s right at the end of the typical race season and ends at an awesome restaurant, plus the magicians are always entertaining and a delight to watch!” – Jordan P.

2019 Race Shirt Information: TBD

Click the following link for sizing and care information: TBD

Sample shirts will be able to try on at Run Away Shoes, W3192 County Rd KK, Appleton, WI 54915 once available – we’ll let you know!

If you need to change your shirt size, please e-mail [email protected] Sizes cannot be changed once online registration closes and changes are not guaranteed.

Registration Information

The link will be posted here once available.

Race capped at 1350

Transfer Information

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant? 

Yes, there is a transfer option available on the registration page.

Please e-mail [email protected] if the online registration period has ended and you are still interested in a transfer. You will be given instructions for transferring at packet pick-up.

Transfers and T-Shirts 

If a registration is transferred AFTER online registration closes, t-shirt size cannot be changed. The person who the registration is transferred to will receive the t-shirt of the person they are transferring from. At packet pick-up, they may take that shirt over to the Additional Assistance table if they would like to swap it with another size. Desired size is not guaranteed.

Registered? Great! Make sure your shoes can get you to the finish line!

Our expert shoe fitters at Run Away Shoes would love to help fit you for your next pair of running shoes!

Visit us in Green Bay, Appleton & Oshkosh!


Thank you for supporting your local run specialty shop!

2019 Race Day Parking Information

We encourage you to park by the Plaza, as parking by the finish line will be difficult. The start and finish line are approximately 3/4 of a mile apart.

There is also limited parking available near the finish line at Sacred Heart Parish on E Fremont St. If you choose to park there, please leave the very front row of parking available for the church.

Riverview gardens at 1101 S Oneida St is also kindly allowing participants to park in their lot. Please be mindful of their afternoon and evening events and leave by 1:00 pm if you do choose to park, and please leave the spots closest to the building open.


There will be a trolley running continuously between Houdini Plaza with pick-up/drop-off on W Lawrence and S Appleton St. and Houdini’s Escape Gastropub (The driveway of the lot on E McKinnley between Oneida and Monroe )

The trolley will run continuously between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, and again from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Please keep in mind that space is limited on the trolley to 30 passengers at a time and so with a race this size, it does have the potential to fill quickly.

We are thrilled to be able to offer this service at our event again this year, and also realize it is hard to accommodate all of participants and spectators on the trolley, which is why we have listed the other parking options available. For those of you that do park in the parking garages in downtown Appleton, please still keep your transportation options open (or be willing to walk back) IF you find that you are not able to get on the trolley when you need to.

If you find yourself a little beat up after the race (we hope not!), we hope that this will be a great option for you to make it back to your car.

2019 Packet Pick-Up Information

Registration is available at packet pick-up for $55. The desired T-shirt is not guaranteed for those who register at packet pick-up.

Friday, November 1st from 3:00pm – 7:00pm 

Saturday, November 2nd from 7:30am – 9:00am

Copper Rock Coffee Company

210 W College Ave #1, Appleton, WI 54911

Gallery Room

ID Check will be available at Friday packet pick-up and we recommend that if you come on Friday to packet pick-up that you take care of it then if you would like an adult beverage at the finish line. There will be NO ID check at Packet Pick-Up on Saturday morning. There will also be ID check at the finish line tent


Please wear your race bib on the FRONT and outermost layer of clothing
DO NOT BEND your race bib. The timing chips are on the back.

Don’t miss out on the special coupon on the back of your bib! 

Course Information

Houdini 10k Map

Water Stops:

#1 @ approximately 2.25 miles in and #2 at approximately 4.25 miles in

Porta Potty:

There will be porta potties at the race start area (Houdini Plaza), along the course (2 units at water stop #1 and #2) and in the finish line area

Finish Line

2018 Menu

Homemade Granola Bars: granola, honey, raisins and sliced almonds

Chicken Salad Croissant: chicken salad with walnuts, green onion, craisins, celery, and yogurt dressing with lettuce on sourdough

BBQ Pulled Pork: Slow cooked pork tossed with our house chipotle-BBQ sauce, coleslaw and potato buns

Vegetarian Pozole: roasted tomato-chili broth with hominy and butternut squash with toasted pumpkin seeds

Pub Chips: fresh-fried pub chips


Results will be posted HERE at the conclusion of the race. You can also find past years results via the link.

Out of Town Information & Accommodations

Click Here for Downtown Appleton Hotel Information


Q.) Can I walk the Houdini?

A.) Yes, however due to traffic concerns there is a time limit of 2 hours.

Q.) Are strollers or dogs allowed on the course?

A.) Dogs are unfortunately not permitted on the event route. The Houdini is a family affair and strollers are more than welcome!

Q.) Can I have someone pick up my packet for me?

A.) Yes

Q.) Where can I find pictures after the event is over?

A.) Our photographer will upload pictures to the Houdini 10k Facebook Page within a few days after the completion of the event! Please note, photos for the 2019 event will represent the essence of the event. It is not guaranteed there will be a photo of every participant.



Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!



Capital Credit Union





copper rock


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