Lit'l Kernel Puff

About the Race


The Lit'l Kernel Puff Run Will Start With the 2 Year Olds at 8:30 a.m. on September 8th! Kids, start your engines! Children can be a part of the Popcorn Festival races by running in this one-of-a-kind race. Children are divided into age categories when running and the race will begin with the two year old age group. Kids run for fun in this 100 - 300 yard event; distance varies by age group. Everyone will receive a t-shirt and participation ribbon.

*Easily Identifiable Start and Finish Lines for 2018!
*Youth Size 2-4 shirts now available

Register online here if you have a Valpo Parks online registration profile.

To register by phone, call 219-462-5144, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event Details


  • Ages: 2-9 years old as of race day
  • Date: Saturday, September 8
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso
    • Race will begin at the intersection of Washington and Lincolnway
  • Packet Pick-up: Friday, September 7 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Registration Information


Registration fees are as follows:
  • through August 3: $10
  • After August 3: $20
The preregistration deadline is Wednesday, September 5th, earlier if the maximum registration of 675 is reached.  You may register at the Butterfield Family Pavilion on Friday, September 7th 3:30-6:30 p.m. This race fills up every year, please register early!

While you're here entering your little ones in the Lit'l Kernel Puff, register yourself for the Popcorn Panic 5 Mile Run or the NEW 5K Run/Walk.