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 - come and join us! At the 2019 Columbus Buddy Walk®, you will join more than 12,000 walkers from all over Ohio as we unite for a common cause and raise funds to support the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio and NDSS.

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


2019 Columbus Buddy Walk®

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Fortress

2015 Recreation Trail | Columbus, Ohio 43207

Event Day Schedule:

7:00 a.m.    Parking lot opens for tailgate set-up

9:00 a.m.    Registration and T-shirt Pick Up Tent opens

10:30 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies begins on the Stage

11:00 a.m.   Walk begins

12:30 p.m.   Closing Ceremonies begins on the Stage

2:00 p.m.    2019 Columbus Buddy Walk ends

 

Event occurs, rain or shine!

Refreshments & Food:

Many walkers bring picnic lunch with them and teams often organize tailgate parties that are well underway before the walk begins.

Food trucks will be on-site with refreshments and food for purchase.

Parking:

Parking at The Fortress is free for all Columbus Buddy Walk® participants and volunteers. Designated parking is available for guests with disabilities. These spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying a current state issued disability permit.

Please note - cars, RVs or any other vehicles are not permitted inside the tailgating parking lot from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please use the surrounding parking lots - volunteers will be on-site to assist with parking instructions.

Walk Celebration in the Plaza:

Join us as we celebrate the 18th annual Columbus Buddy Walk®! Check out the interactive exhibits featuring kid-friendly activities. Many of our Columbus Buddy Walk® sponsors will also be on site to meet with the families DSACO serves. In addition, we will have a great raffle, plus other fun activities! 

  • Face painting
  • Balloon artists
  • Inflatables
  • DJ
  • Mascots

Directions:

The Fortress is located at 2015 Recreation Trail | Columbus, OH 43207.

From the Downtown Area

  • Take I-71 South to I-70 E. Take Exit 107 and merge onto I-70 E.
  • Take Exit 103B for Alum Creek Dr. towards Livingston Ave, keep Left at the fork.
  • Turn Left onto Alum Creek Dr. and continue about 5 miles.
  • Turn Right onto Recreation Trail and head past the Obetz Government Center. The Fortress will be on your right.

From the South

  • Take I-71 North to I-270 E. Take Exit 101 and merge onto I-270 E.
  • Take I-270 E Exit 49 for Alum Creek Dr. towards Obetz.
  • Turn Right onto Recreation Trail and head past the Obetz Government Center. The Fortress will be on your right.

From the East

  • Take I-70 W. towards Columbus.
  • Take Exit 108A onto I-270 S. towards Cincinnati
  • Continue for about 6 miles and take Exit 49 for Alum Creek Dr. towards Obetz.
  • Turn Right onto Alum Creek Dr.
  • Turn Right onto Recreation Trail and head past the Obetz Government Center. The Fortress will be on your right.

From the West

  • Take I-70 East towards Columbus.
  • Take Exit 99A for I-71 S. towards Cincinnati. Merge onto I-71 S.
  • Take Exit 104 for Frank Rd towards OH-104
  • Turn Right onto Frank Rd. and continue onto OH-104 N/ Frank Rd.
  • Take the Groveport Rd exit towards Parsons Ave. and Turn Right onto Groveport Rd.
  • Continue for about 3 miles then turn left onto Orchard Lane.