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Popcorn Panic

Saturday September 12th, 2020

Valparaiso, IN

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This is the 40th running of the Popcorn Panic Race. NEW for 2018 will be a SEPARATE START TIME FOR THE 5 MILE AND 5K!  5 Mile competitors will start first at 7:20AM, 5K participants will start at 7:30AM.  There will also be a new, faster route for the 5K.   Our continued goal is to make this the best event in which you’ve ever participated. You can expect some long straight runs, turns and a few hills. The course is monitored to prevent vehicle obstruction during the race. However, it isn’t guaranteed, and for your safety please watch for vehicles. The course map is posted race day. Live musicians perform at various areas along the course. Computerized race results.

Standard Registration: $30.00 for entries received before August 10.

$35.00 August 11 through September 7 at 11:59 p.m.  (online registration only)

Late registrations September 8 through raceday are $40.00 Online registration will remain open until 7:15 on race morning.  Last minute registrants can register online at home before coming to packet pick up.

You can choose the No Shirt option and save $5 through August 10.

Race Day Registration and packet pick up takes place at the Race Tent located in Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

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Early packet pick up will be available on Wednesday, September 5th and Thursday September 6th from 11AM-6:30PM at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN, and on Friday September 7th at the Butterfield Family Pavilion located at Calumet & Evans, Valparaiso, IN from 3:30PM-6:30PM

Lit'l Kernel Puff Race Packet Pick-up Friday, September 8th at the Butterfield Pavilion 3:30-6:30PM ONLY.

Awards (Based on start time)

5 Mile Run:

Awards will be given to the first 3 overall male and female finishers, the top male and female Masters winners (40 years and older) and the top three in each age category.

5K Run/Walk:

Awards will be given to the first 3 overall male and female finishers and the top two in each age category.

Team Competition: (5-Mile & 5K)

5-Mile & 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. 

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



6:00 a.m. Packet Pick-up/Race Day Registration-Festival Tent

7:00 a.m. Packet Pick-up & Race Day Registration closed and Pre-Race Instructions

7:15 a.m. Popcorn Festival Opening Ceremony

7:20 a.m. 5-mile Race Start

7:30 a.m. 5K Race Start

8:40 a.m. Race Course Closes

9:00 a.m. Awards-Central Park

Race Distances

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Places to Stay

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Start Location

Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso, IN

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