Once again, in 2016 the Popcorn Panic is included in the Calumet Striders Gold Cup Races! The race is a five-mile run and five-kilometer (3.1 miles) walk. This annual race offers a challenging course and a scenic tour of Valparaiso. You're invited to race as an individual or as a team - sign up with your family, co-workers, or school.
Day / Time:Saturday, September 10th at 7:30 am CT
Register by August 11:$30
Register After August 11:$35
Register After September 7:$40
Check out the Popcorn Panic Race Route!
Lit'l Kernel Puff for 2 to 9 year olds, click here: Lit'l Kernel Puff Race info and registration.
As a member of the 2016 Gold Cup Series, age divisions will be as follows:
Walkers (Male & Female)
- 12 & Under
- 70 & Up
- 80 & Up
Online Registration only through 9/8 you may register in person at the Butterfield Family Pavilion on Friday, September 9th only from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and race day at the race tent 6:00-7:00 a.m. For help or questions, please email
Register for the 2016 Popcorn Panic. No service fees. Gold Cup members will receive a $1 discount for their entry.
To view some of the photos from last year's Popcorn Panic race click here.
Sponsors and Volunteers
We are always looking for more partners to aid either monetarily or through donating their time. If your company or your group would you like to volunteer, donate or help sponsor the race, please contact the parks department for more details!