Walk Day Information

The Columbus Buddy Walk® is more than a walk, it's a family reunion. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does or just want to show your support – we invite you to join us on Sunday, October 2nd, for the 2022 Columbus Buddy Walk®!  

During the 2022 Columbus Buddy Walk®, you will join more than 14,000 walkers, both in-person and virtually, from all over Ohio as we unite for a common cause and raise funds to support the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio.

*Individuals with Down syndrome have complimentary registration, but still must be registered! 

Never been to Fortress Obetz? Check out this awesome promo video, provided by City of Obetz!


  • 7:00 AM: Tailgate area (main parking lot) opens up to start setting up tailgate spots, please do not arrive prior to 7AM
  • 9:00 AM: Registration & T-Shirt Pick Up Booth opens up; On-site activities open up
  • 10:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies Begin on the stage (location will be on the turf field inside the venue)
    • New Parent Ceremony
    • Self Advocate Dance
  • 10:30 AM: Walk Begins
  • 12:00 PM: Closing Ceremonies begin
  • 2:00 PM: On-site activities end; 2022 Columbus Buddy Walk ends


We hope you have time to check out all the on-site activities we have planned for
the day-of:

  • Magical Adventures Characters
  • Columbus Zoo Character Ambassadors
  • Bounce House & Inflatables
  • Toddler Area featuring Soft Play Ball Pit
  • Sensory Room
  • Touch A Truck featuring
    • Hamilton Township Fire Truck
    • Cement Truck
    • AG Pro Earthmover
    • Police Helicopter *Weather permitting
    • Plus, so much more!
  • Balloon Twisters
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Food Trucks
    • Broke Johnny
    • Tropical Chill Hawaiian Ice
    • Pitabilities
    • Komodo Loco
    • Hogback BBQ Pit
  • Local Vendors

Please note, pets (service/therapy animals are an exception) are not allowed at the Columbus Buddy Walk. To see a full list of items restricted from Fortress Obetz, please click here: Restricted Items Inside Fortress Obetz