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 3rd, for the 2021 Columbus Buddy Walk®!  

During the 2021 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! 


Event Day Timeline:

  • 7:00 a.m. - Tailgating Parking Lot Opens (please do not arrive prior to 7:00 a.m.)
  • 9:00 a.m. - Event Begins - all vehicles must be parked outside the tailgate parking lot
    • Day-of T-Shirt Pick Up Opens (located in the Courtyard of the Venue)
    • Day-of Registration Opens (located in the Ticket Box)
  • 10:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies Begin // Walk Starts
    • Opening Ceremonies will take place on the stage outside the front gates of the venue
    • DSACO plans to have staggered start times for the Walk portion of the event. Each row of the parking lot will be released 10-15 mins apart to allow for social distancing throughout the Walk. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Tentative time for Closing Ceremonies
  • 2:00 p.m. - Activities/Vendors/Food Trucks will stay set-up until 2:00 p.m. so you have time enjoy all the activities at the event!

COVID Protocols in Place:

DSACO wants to keep the health and wellbeing of all of our attendees in mind. We will follow current CDC and state guidelines at the event. We do ask that unvaccinated individuals wear masks during the event to keep children who are unable to be vaccinated safe. DSACO is working to create an experience with these safety precautions in mind, including:

  • Socially Distanced Tailgates in the parking lot
  • Socially Distanced Timed Walk
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations set-up throughout the event venue
  • Asking unvaccinated attendees to wear masks

Please continue to check back for updated precautions! 


Activities at the Columbus Buddy Walk:

  • Bounce Houses
  • Inflatable Games
  • Touch A Truck
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office Child ID Machines
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office Canine Therapy Dog
  • Balloon Twisters
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Food Trucks
  • DJ with Music & Dancing
  • Vendors
  • Characters/Mascots
  • Sensory-Friendly Zone
  • I Am Boundless Quiet Room

Food Trucks at the Columbus Buddy Walk:

  • Tortilla Street Food | serving burritos, tacos & quesadillas
  • Chilljoy Frozen Treatery | serving shaved ice & ice cream
  • M&S Grub Hub | serving sliders, hotdogs & chicken tenders
  • Legacy Food Truck
  • Our Daily Manna | serving sandwiches, wraps & salads
  • Broke Johnny Food Truck | serving breakfast & brunch
  • Kettle Corn Kraze | serving kettle corn and shaken lemonade