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®

Sunday, October 1, 2017
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 Plaza
11:00 a.m.*  Walk begins
2:00 p.m.*   Closing Ceremonies begins on the Plaza
3:00 p.m.*    2017 Columbus Buddy Walk ends
* denotes NEW TIME
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. 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
  • Inflatables
  • Touch A Truck (in the parking lot)
  • TWO DJs! 
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Mascots
  • 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:

  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