Cancellation of the 2020 Poppy Walk & 5k Run

Dear Friends,

Based on the importance of public health efforts now taking place in our state and our community in regard to  COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Poppy Walk and 5k Run, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 18th.

We would truly like to thank all of our registrants and sponsors for your support. Thanks to you, the vital funds already raised on behalf of this Tenth Annual Poppy Walk will enable us to help to ensure the safety of older adults in our community during these extraordinary times.

As the Poppy Walk is the Center’s principal fundraiser, entry fees are nonrefundable, however please let us know if this poses a hardship for you. Additional donations and sponsorships are also very welcome and needed.

If you have questions about the Peg Taylor Center and our response to Covid-19, please feel free to call us at (530) 342-2345 and ask for Cori. Our telephone hours are currently 9-4.

We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. If there’s anything you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

With gratitude,
The Peg Taylor Center

Save the Date: The Poppy Walk & 5k Run is on April 18th, 2020


Run/Walk • Sponsor • Get Involved

The Poppy Walk is a fundraiser for the Peg Taylor Center, which supports local people who are living with serious health conditions.

Now more than ever, local families need our support. We help whole families thrive by providing medical and social services that help people to be healthy, happy, and independent, even in the face of challenges.

Sponsor the Poppy Walk

We need your help! Sponsorships are key to the success of the Poppy Walk & 5k Run. We love the companies and families who sponsor the Poppy Walk, and we provide lots of sponsor recognition before, during and after the event. To learn more, click on the Sponsor tab.

Save the Date!

The Poppy Walk will take place on April 18th, in lower Bidwell Park! Run or walk individually, or consider making up a team of coworkers, family and friends! Teams and individuals will also be able to fundaise beyond entry fees, competing for top earner. To learn more, click on the Teams tab.

Thank You For An Amazing Poppy Walk!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to make the 9th Annual Poppy Walk & 5k Run a complete success! Together we raised nearly $27,000 in direct and in-kind support, all of which goes directly to help Peg Taylor Center participants and their families. Thank you so much to all of the walkers, runners, sponsors, staff members, and volunteers who truly made the Poppy Walk magical for another year! ❤

Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Packet Pick-Up is Tomorrow!

Packet Pick-Up at Fleet Feet takes place on Friday, April 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Packet Pick-Up
You can pick up your packet, which includes your t-shirt, as well as your bib if you are a timed runner, at Fleet Feet on Friday. You can also pick your packet up on race day, between 7:30 and 8:15 at the One-Mile Picnic Area.

Late Registrations
If you have friends who would like to take part but haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late! They can register at Fleet Feet during packet pick-up on Friday, or at the registration table in the One-Mile picnic area on Saturday between 7:30 and 8:15.

Timed Runners
Our sustainable chip timing is provided by the Bizz Running Company. Timed runners will be given a numbered bib and a reusable chip; the chip can be attached to their bib or tied onto their shoelaces. Chips will be collected at the Finish line! 

Hydration and Snacks
Bottled water will be available at the One-Mile picnic area, but not provided along the course (except at the park drinking fountains). Hot dogs, lemonade, rice chips, bananas, and cookies will be available in the One-Mile Picnic Area.

We will be holding the Poppy Walk rain or shine!

In the event of severe weather (such as would merit a park closure), we would announce a cancellation here on, as well as on our Facebook page. But the weather looks good right now, and we don’t anticipate that happening!

Please park outside the park before the run. If you have a parking placard and need to arrange closer parking, please call us at 342-2345 by Friday afternoon if possible.

The Line-Up
The Poppy Walk is always a lively, family friendly event. Sheriff Kory Honea will be starting off the runners and walkers! Mike Manley with Mix 95.1 will be emceeing and playing music, and Pumpkin the Miniature Therapy Horse will visit as well. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome on the course (walkers will take off directly after runners). 

Hot Dogs & Lemonade at the Poppy Walk & 5k Run!

It’s a party! The Chico Elks will be serving up hotdogs and lemonade at the Poppy Walk. Bring friends and family to cheer you on, and you can all enjoy! Mike Manley will be emceeing, and Sheriff Kory Honea will be starting off the walkers and runners!

It’s not too late to register!
Online: By clicking the link below, until noon on Wed. 4/3
At Fleet Feet or the Peg Taylor Center: Drop by and fill out a registration form on or before Friday, 4/5
At the Poppy Walk: Registration will be open from 7:30-8:15 at the One-Mile Picnic Area

The Peg Taylor Center fills an urgent need in our community by serving adults with health needs. The individualized support provides a safe haven for many people who would otherwise be isolated, fostering well-being and connection and improving health, safety and independence. We can’t do it without your help. Register now for the Poppy Walk!

Thank you to our Major Sponsors:
Carlla and Denis Westphal
Corporon Law Office
Sierra Health Foundation