The 2020 In-Person Event Is Canceled. Please Consider Participating in the Virtual Event.


“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.

Race Announcement 8/28/20 – Event Application Denied

Upon review of our robust safety plan and additional discussions with the City of Appleton’s Safety & Licensing team at their most recent meeting, The 6th Annual Houdini 10k in-person event application was denied by the City of Appleton and will therefore be canceled.

In the wise words of Harry Houdini “The Greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, WI.” We invite you to join us 20 miles south for the Lumberjack & Jill 10 Mile, Relay, & 2 Mile Walk that was approved by the City of Oshkosh for October 3, 2020.

Additionally, we still offering the 2020 Virtual Houdini 10k, as well as a Virtual Lumberjack & Jill 10 Mile Run option. Please click the link below for all of the details. “Keep up your enthusiasm! There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm.” – Harry Houdini www.runawayshoes.net/events




Past Years Finisher Medals:

Please note: All of the information on this page pertains to the LIVE Appleton Houdini 10k event on Saturday, November 7th. If you are interested in the VIRTUAL run, please scroll up and select VIRTUAL RUN for complete Virtual Run Details.

When: November 7, 2020 at 9:00am

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



2020 Course Map will be posted when available.

2019 Houdini Course Map – Orange Path

Elevation Map – (not the 2019 adjusted course)

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)


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.

Proceeds from the event will benefit:  2020 TBD





Registration opens on 2/1 – CLICK HERE to Register

Race capped at 1350

Registration Information 

2020 Race Shirt Information

SEE THE SHIRT: Will be posted here when available



Sample shirts will be available to try on at any Run Away Shoes location in Oshkosh, Appleton (Darboy) or Green Bay.


Machine wash cold with like colors. Do not bleach. Do not use fabric softener. Tumble dry low. Remove promptly. Cool iron if needed. Do not dry clean.


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.

2020 Packet Pick-Up Information

Friday, November 6th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm 

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

Copper Rock Coffee Company
210 W College Ave #1, Appleton, WI 54911
Gallery Room

ID Check bibs will be marked for underage runners. 


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!

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant? 

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant?

Yes, there is a transfer option available. Follow this link: https://www.raceentry.com/races/appleton-houdini-10k/2020/participant

Choose the “Sell Registration” option.

Use the Participant Self Management link to sell your registration. You will get to choose your refund (i.e. the price you want to sell it at) and then inset the e-mail of the person who you are selling/transferring and they will receive an e-mail to complete it. You will receive an e-mail once they have done that. Please open that e-mail to approve the transfer. Then, in 2-3 business days, you will receive your refund. Be aware that if the registration fees have increase between when you registered and the new registrant is registering, they will have to pay that difference.  

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.

Transferring 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.

Race Day Information



Park by the Plaza

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.

Riverview Gardens

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.

Where NOT to Park

In the past, Sacred Heart Parish has graciously allowed participants to park in their lot. This year, they have an event. Please do not park in their lot.

Additionally, please do not park at the Gas Station across from the finish line. You will be ticketed or towed.

Course Information

Water & Toilets

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 year’s results via the link.

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 Oshkosh, Appleton, or Green Bay!

Shoe Fitting Process


Can I walk the Houdini 10k?

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

Are strollers or dogs allowed on the course?

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

I pre-registered and am now unable to participate in the event. Can I get a refund?

We’re sad you are unable to join us. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you a refund.

Can I have someone pick up my packet for me?


Where can I find pictures after the event is over?

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.


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