Popcorn Panic 5 mile Run & 5k Run or Walk

Event Details

This annual race offers a challenging course and a scenic tour of Valparaiso. You're invited to race as an individual or as a team - sign up with your family, co-workers, or school.  

  • Day / Time:Saturday, September 7 at 7:20 am CDT for 5 mile, 7:30 am for 5k
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso - Washington Street and Lincolnway
  • Register by August 7: $30
  • Team Fee: $10
  • Middle School Competition:   The Middle School which has the highest number of participants will receive a traveling trophy and a donation to their school's athletic department!  For more details, email Dan.
Register for the 2019 Popcorn Panic  No service fees! Registration will be taken through 7 am Race Day.

Packet Pick up

Pick up early at Extra Mile on East Lincolnway on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 & 5 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Pick-up is also available Friday, September 6 at Butterfield Family Pavilion from 3:30-6:00 pm.

Races for 2 to 9 year olds: Lit'l Kernel Puff Race info and registration.
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.


View some of the photos from past years Popcorn Panic races.

Sponsors & Volunteers 

We are always looking for more partners to aid either monetarily or through donating their time. If your company or your group would you like to volunteer, donate or help sponsor the race, please 
contact the parks department for more details! 

Thank you to our 2018 Popcorn Panic Sponsors:  AM Stabilizers, Athletico Physical Therapy, Brown Tire, NITCO, Scannell Wealth Management, Goodbrother's Painting, Extra Mile Fitness Company, Puntillo & Crane, Aldi Inc., Currie Motors and Urschel Labs

Course Map (the new 5K run will follow the 5K Walk course):

2018 Panic Map