Popcorn Panic 5 mile Run & 5k Run/Walk

A Valpo Tradition Unlike Any Other! 

Be a part of the 41st running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for four decades, this event has over 1,000 participants annually, running and walking through our tree-lined city streets. In teams or as individuals, you can choose to run the 5 mile or run or walk the 5K.


Event Details


  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Date: Saturday, September 7
  • Time: 5 mile - 7:20 a.m.; 5k - 7:30 a.m. CST
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso - Washington Street and Lincolnway
  • Fees: Register by August 7: $30
  • Team Fee: $10
Returning for 2019: Middle School Competition. The school that has the most students register for the 5K event will receive a traveling trophy and also a donation to their athletic department on behalf of Valpo Parks. 

How to Register:


  1. Online at www.runsignup.com
  2. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on September 4 and 5 and at Butterfield Family Pavilion on September 6 from 3:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Register by 8/7 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option saves $5
  • Fee increases after 8/7

Click HERE to register! 


Please note, Popcorn Panic has a non-duplication of awards policy.  A participant who finishes in the top 3 overall in either the run or walk event does not qualify to win an individual age group plaque.
2018 Panic Map