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Popcorn Panic 5M Run & 5K Run/Walk

Sat September 7, 2024 Valparaiso, IN 46383 US Directions


5 Mile

5 Mile Run

$33 7:20AM CDT - 7:20AM CDT Price increases after August 11, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

5K Run/Walk

$33 7:30AM CDT - 7:30AM CDT Price increases after August 11, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT


Central Park Plaza
63 Lafayette Street
Valparaiso, IN US 46383


The Valpo Tradition Continues! 

Join us for the 46th running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for over 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 miles or the 5K run or walk.

Team Competition

Participants are encouraged to form teams! Teams must have at least 4 finishers to be eligible for team award. Winner is determined by computer analysis of the overall place of the top 4 team members. Team members are also eligible for individual awards. 


Register by 8/11 to guarantee a shirt size.  No shirt option saves $5.
Register early and save! Fee increases to $38 after 8/13. Same day registration $43.

Walk-in registrations accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on Sep 4 and 5 during open hours.

Packet Pick-Up

  • Pre-race packet pick-up will be available Wed, Sep 4 - Thu Sep 5 at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 3400 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, IN
  • Pre-race packet pick-up will be available Fri, Sep 6 at Butterfield Pavilion from 3:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Onsite packet pick-up will be available on race morning beginning at 6:30am.  Due to the size of this event we strongly encourage you to register ahead of race day and pick your packet up early. 


Overall & Age Group Awards – Top Overall Male & Top Overall Female, Top Masters Male & Top Masters Female, Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

*Please note, Popcorn Panic has a non-duplication of awards policy.  A participant who finishes in the top overall and masters winners in each event do not qualify to win an individual age group plaque.

Race Contact Info

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