Walk Day Information

The Columbus Buddy Walk® is more than a walk around MAPFRE Stadium, 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 2018 Columbus Buddy Walk®, you will join more than 10,000 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! 

2018 Columbus Buddy Walk®

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mapfre Stadium (formerly Crew Stadium)

One Black and Gold Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio 43211

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.    2018 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.

We also have a partnership with Piada Italian Street Food. Team Captains can order food for your entire team and Piada will deliver it to the event! Check out the order form here.


Parking at MAPFRE Stadium 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 VIP parking lot from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please use the parking lots surrounding the stadium for parking.

Walk Celebration in the Plaza:

Join us as we celebrate the 17th 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


MAPFRE Stadium (formerly Crew Stadium) is located at One Black & Gold Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio - adjacent to I-71, just four (4) miles noth of downtown Columbus.

From the North:

  1. Take I-71 South 
  2. Take exit 112 toward Hudson St
  3. Merge onto Silver Dr
  4. Turn right to stay on Silver Dr
  5. Turn right onto Duxberry Ave 

From the South:

  1. Take I-71 North through downtown Columbus
  2. Merge onto I-70 East/I-71 North via the ramp on the left towards Wheeling
  3. Take exit 101A on the left for I-71 North toward Airport/Cleveland
  4. Continue onto I-71 North
  5. Take Exit 111 towards 17th Avenue
  6. Turn left onto E. 17th Avenue
  7. Turn right toward Black & Gold Boulevard
  8. Turn left at the first cross street onto Black & Gold Boulevard