Popcorn Panic 

Looking for a return to racing?  Join the 43rd running of the Popcorn Panic.  A community tradition for over four decades, this event has over 1,200 participants annually, running and walking throught our tree-lined city streets.  In teams or as individuals, one can choose to run the 5 miles or shorten it up with a 5K run or walk.  

Team Competition – 5K 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. 


  • Date:  Saturday, September 11, 2021
  • Time:  7:20 am 5 mile / 7:30 am 5K
  • Fee:  $30 until 8/7 then $35.  Same day registration $40


  1. Online:  www.runsignup.com
  2. Walk-in registrations accepted at Extra Mile Fitness on Sep 8 and 9 during open hours and at the Butterfield Pavilion from 3:30 - 5:30 pm on Fri, Sep 10
  3. Register by 8/6 to guarantee shirt size.  No shirt option save $5
  4. Fee increases to $35 8/8 through 9/11
  5. Event check-in and same day registration from 6 - 6:45 am, $40

Packet Pick-Up:

  • Pre-race packet pick-up will be available Wed, Sep 8 - Thu Sep 9 at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 1330 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana.
  • Pre-race packet pick-up will be available Fri, Sep 10 at Butterfield Pavilion (Calumet Ave at Evans Ave) from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Onsite packet pick-up will be available on race morning beginning at 6:30am

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: 14 & under,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up.

Please note, Popcorn Panic has a non-duplication of awards policy.  A participant who finishes in the top 3 overall in the 5K event does not qualify to win an individual age group plaque.


  1. Dan Lukes

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

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$30 to register to run/walk the Popcorn Panic

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