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

(For GPS purposes, please use 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, OH 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.

(For GPS purposes, please use 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, 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 is located all the way in the back and 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 is located all the way in the back and 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 is located all the way in the back and 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 exit toward Alum Creek Dr. Turn left onto Performance Way
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Alum Creek Dr.
  • Take Alum Creek Dr. for 2.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Recreation Trail and head past the Obetz Government Center. The Fortress is located all the way in the back and will be on your right.