Walk Day Information

The Third Annual ChapTer 21 Buddy Walk®, Festival, and 5K

October 6, 2018 

Day of Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Riverside Park located next to Riverside Elementary on the corner of Riverside Drive and Golden Avenue in Battle Creek, MI.

The start time for the 5K and Buddy Walk® will be at 10:00 AM.  The Festival will begin immediately after finishing your walk or run. 

The ChapTer 21 Buddy Walk®, Festival, and 5K is intended to be the major, annual fundraising event for ChapTer 21, LLC. The money that is raised will be used within the nonprofit organization and will go towards various activities and programs for our local Down syndrome community located in Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and surrounding counties.  ChapTer 21 will also donate a percentage of the proceeds to The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).  NDSS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to advocating for people with Down syndrome and their families at the federal, state and local levels of government. Their mission is to be the national advocate for all people with Down syndrome. Envisioning a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities.

This event is open to the public. The 5K and the 1 Mile awareness walk (one lap around the Riverside Park walking path) will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gates will open and the festival fun begins as soon as you are done with your event. Activities will include raffles, silent auctions, bounce houses and slides, games, prizes, music, and much more!  There will be concessions available as well.

Costume judging will take place at the main stage located within the Festival area at 9:30 AM. This year’s theme is your favorite superhero.  If you are entering the costume contest, please be at the main stage NO LATER than 9:20am.  Awards for the 5K will be presented when the timer has all times logged and printed.  Award presentation will take place at the main stage.

***PLEASE NOTE, THE MAIN PARKING ENTRANCE AND AREA WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE 5K EVENT.  CLOSURE WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 9:45 AM AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE LAST 5K PARTICIPANT HAS FINISHED, APPROXIMATELY 11:30 AM.  PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.*** (Other parking options are:  Small lot just north of the main parking entrance as well as a lot off of Golden Avenue.)

*Please see parking information under the Event tab on the main page.