Popcorn Panic

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. 

Important Info:

  1. Early packet pick up & walk-in registrations will be available on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th from 11AM-6:30PM at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN, and on Friday, September 6th at the Butterfield Family Pavilion located at Calumet & Evans, Valparaiso, IN from 3:30PM-6:00PM. Register by 8/8 to guarantee shirt size. No shirt option saves $5. Fee increases after 8/7


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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
  1. Dan Lukes

    Adult Program Director
    Phone: 219-462-5144, ext. 6311