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 Columbus Buddy Walk®, you will join 7,500 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!
2017 Columbus Buddy Walk®
Event Day Schedule:
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. Confirmed food trucks include:
- Mojo Tago Food Truck
- Schmidt's Sausage Truck
- Short North Bagel Deli
- Mikey's Late Night Slice
- Rismiller Concessions - Funnel Cakes
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. - 3:00 p.m. Please use the parking lots surrounding the stadium for parking.
Walk Celebration in the Plaza:
Join us as we celebrate the 16th 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 & Hair Braiding
- Balloon artists
- Lowe's Plant & Grow Program
- Touch A Truck (in the parking lot)
- TWO DJs!
- Therapy Dogs
- Pumpkin Painting
- Poster Making Station
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:
- Take I-71 South
- Take exit 112 toward Hudson St
- Merge onto Silver Dr
- Turn right to stay on Silver Dr
- Turn right onto Duxberry Ave
From the South:
- Take I-71 North through downtown Columbus
- Merge onto I-70 East/I-71 North via the ramp on the left towards Wheeling
- Take exit 101A on the left for I-71 North toward Airport/Cleveland
- Continue onto I-71 North
- Take Exit 111 towards 17th Avenue
- Turn left onto E. 17th Avenue
- Turn right toward Black & Gold Boulevard
- Turn left at the first cross street onto Black & Gold Boulevard