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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: 2018 TBD


The race starts at Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton and ends at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub

Course: This is a USATF certified course!

2016-houdini-10k-map *<– click the link to view the course map 

*2017 course is unchanged from 2016.



2017 Proceeds:


Kaukauna Ghost Track Team

All participants will receive:

  • An awesome t-shirt 
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finish Line Buffet
  • BEER! 
  • Chip Timing
  • Street Entertainment
  • Heated tent at the finish line
  • Physical Therapist available at the finish line
  • Trolley between the start and the finish line
  • This is a USATF certified course!
  • and more!

2017 Finisher Medal image:


Race Shirt Information

(2017 shirt shown (pre-printed) with 2016 race medal)

Click the link below for garment sizing information:

2017 Appleton Houdini 10k Shirts

Shirt samples are available for try on (Until Sunday 10/29/17)at:

Run Away Shoes – W3192 County Rd KK, Appleton, WI 54915

Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions or if you have already registered and need to change your t-shirt size (until online registration closes).

Registration Information

2017 Online Registration is now closed. Registration will be available at packet pick-up:

  • $45 Fee
  • T-Shirt/Goody Bag is not guaranteed
  • Please go to the Additional Assistance table to register
  • Registration at packet pick-up will be available unless the event caps out.

Race capped at 1400

Transfer Information

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant? 

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 on Sunday, October 29th at 11:59pm, 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.

2017 Race Day Parking Information

Here are a few options:

1. Click Here for Downtown Appleton Parking InformationWe encourage you to park by the Plaza, as parking by the finish line will be difficult. The start and the finish line are approximately 3/4 of a mile apart.

2. 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.

3. Riverview Gardens at 1101 S Oneida St. is also kindly allowing participants to park in their lot. They request that if you do park in their lot, that you are gone by 1:00pm and park in the spots the furthest away from the building. There will be a wedding there that afternoon, so please be courteous and leave the spots the closest to the building available for the bride and her family.

4. 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 by Images Bar on E McKinnley – between Oneida and Monroe – see map below).

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

  • Please keep in mind that the 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 up quickly.

  • We are thrilled to be able to offer this service at our event again this year, and also realize it will be hard to accommodate all 1400+ participants and spectators on the trolley, which is why we have listed other parking options available.  For those of you that do park in the parking garages in downtown Appleton, Please keep your transportation options open (or be willing to walk back) if you find that you aren’t able to get on the trolley when you need to.

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

Finish Area Trolley Pick-Up (Yellow Dot)


2017 Packet Pick-Up Information

Friday, November 3rd from 3:00pm – 7:00pm 

Saturday, November 4th 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 Early Packet Pick-Up to speed up the beer lines at the finish line! We strongly suggest having your ID checked and receiving a wrist band at packet pick-up, though there will still be an ID check available at the finish line.

Important: There will be no ID checker at race day packet pick-up. If you were not able to have your ID checked at early packet pick-up, please bring your ID to the finish line party, or beer cannot be given. Houdini’s Escape Gastropub could lose their liquor license if the law is not followed – and we like Houdini’s Escape Gastropub!

Finish Line Buffet & Beer Notes:

There will be two tickets located on the bottom of the participant race bibs. One is to redeem a beer in the beer tent and the other is to go through the buffet line. Please make sure you keep your race bib on you at the end of the event.

In order to have enough food for everyone, participants may only go through the food line once and spectators are not permitted to go through the finish line buffet. We do encourage a trip into Houdini’s Escape Gastropub to refuel after cheering on your runners!


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.) When is the Houdini?

A.) 2018 TBD

Q.) When will registration open for the 2017 Event?

A.) January 1, 2017

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.) Will there be water along the course?

A.) Yes! There will be a water station at approximately 2 1/4 miles (Maple & Carpenter St) and 4 1/4 miles (South River & John St)

Q.) Are there Porta Potties along the course?

A.) YES!  There will be 2 units at water stop #1 (approx. 2-1/4  miles into the race) and one unit at water stop #2, as well as units at the start and finish line

Q.) Where do I pick up my race packet?


Friday, November 3rd from 3:00pm – 7:00pm 

Saturday, November 4th 7:30am – 9:00am

Copper Rock Coffee Company

210 W College Ave #1, Appleton, WI 54911

Gallery Room

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

A.) Yes

Q.) Can I still sign up after online registration closes?

A.) If the race does not sell out, there will be an option for day-of registration. The 2015 and 2016 events both sold out.

Q.) I pre-registered but now I will not be able to do the race. Can I get a refund?

A.) We’re sad you wont be able to join us! Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund.

Q.) Can I transfer my registration to a different participant?

A.) Please see the Transfer Information section above

Q.) Where and when are the results from the event posted?

A.) The results from the Houdini 10k will be posted in the results section above the FAQs on this page as soon as they are made available by our timing services. They will also be posted on our Facebook Page.

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 2017 event will represent the essence of the event. It is not guaranteed there will be a photo of every participant.


Thank you to our Sponsors!



Capital Credit Union





copper rock

Houdini 10k Facebook Contest Official Rules, Eligibility and Terms for the Facebook contest beginning 7/21/16:

The prize of a “pair of shoes” is a value of $120.00.  This contest is open to any participant who is registered for the Houdini 10k on November 5th and registered between the time periods of the opening of the event to Monday, July 25th at 11:59pm. An entry into the contest is restricted to registrants with a minimum age of 18 and a valid e-mail address must be used. This prize can only be claimed at one of the three Run Away Shoes locations in Oshkosh, Appleton, or Green Bay and expires on December 31st, 2016. The winner will be chosen through a random selection of all entrants on Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00am and will be announced on the Houdini 10k Facebook page stating the winner’s first name and last initial after the selection. The winner will also be notified via e-mail. The winner must bring the e-mail notifying the into Run Away Shoes to claim their prize. All personal information participants share when registering for the Houdini 10k will not be shared and use solely for the Houdini 10k, selection of the winner, notifying the winner, and communication with participants about the Houdini 10k and future Run Away Events. Facebook is not associated with the contest, Run Away Shoes, Run Away Events or the Houdini 10k and is only used as a source to share about the contest, but does not help in any way administer the promotion. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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