Walk Day Information

4TH FDSWF 3.21K FUN RUN & BUDDY WALK AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month! To celebrate, educate, and advocate F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – Down Syndrome West Florida together with the National Down Syndrome Society is bringing our annual 3.21k FUN RUN & BUDDY WALK® to Tampa Bay! It’s our largest fundraiser and monies raised go to support F.R.I.E.N.D.S. year-round programming, family outreach and support, public awareness and education, community activities for our special needs community.

Sponsor, Vendor, & Volunteer Opportunities Available!

Registration includes a Fun Run or Buddy Walk t-shirt, admission to the day’s activities, and a Down Syndrome Awareness wristband!

Each Special Need’s individual receives a Buddy Walk Medal!

T-SHIRTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED AFTER 10/2/19 AND SIZES ARE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES.

 

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO RUN BEFORE YOU WALK!  3.21 FUN RUN  8AM - 10AM

EARLY REGISTRATION FEE $35          

AFTER 10/17 REGISTRATION FEE  $40        

AM EVENT DAY REGISTRATION   $50

3.21 FUN RUN – Megan Dix starts off the 3.21k race singing the National Anthem as The Florida Sunsation Cheerleaders rally your team on to victory.  Participants receive a bib with a timing chip from RoadRace.  After you cross the finish line, continue the rally at the Buddy Walk, go inside the stadium up to the Pirate ship to take your team pictures! Enjoy a snack afterwards provided by Dunkin Donuts! The Beer Tent will be open! FUN RUN VICTORY AWARDS – For all age groups: Over all Male and Female. Age groups: Male and Female 14 and under, 20-29, 20-29, 40-29, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and above. 

VIRTUAL RUN – Can’t make it to the event? Register for our Virtual Run. A virtual race can be run (or walked) from any location you choose.  Virtual Run Registration - Show your support online - $25

SHOW YOUR DOWN SYNDROME PRIDE!   THE BUDDY WALK  10AM-3PM

Online Registration Fee   $20       

Event Day Registration $30

Children 12yrs and under and all special needs individuals are free.  You must register them to receive the free t-shirt, Buddy Walk medal and Down syndrome wristband.  

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Our new Mayor Jane Castor and City Councilman Luis Viera will be kicking off the event and giving FDSWF a commendation.  See the Dancing for Donations and Marky Oliver’s Specialty Fit presentations.  Meet your favorite Superhero, Princess, Ghostbuster and Star Wars characters from Costumers with a Cause and The 501st Legion.  Welcome back D.J. Chuck Eckhart and M.C. Julie McKenna. Explore the Treasure Chest Float and meet the arrghsome Krewe of Sir Francis Drake The kids will love Lola The Clown Face Painting, the USF Heath Service Volunteers Reading Tent, and Sunshine State Superkids Soap Box Derby rides, plus bouncy houses, giant slides, a petting zoo and a train ride!  Visit with our resource and craft vendors.  Bring cash for your chance to win over twenty great raffle prizes, this year we have (3) three Disney Park Hopper tickets to give away!  Food provided by Panera, Gourmet Deli, & Dunkin Donuts.  Check out the Beer Tent provided by 81 Bay Brewing and 3 Daughters Brewing Co.

ADVOCACY WALK - Awards will be given to our Top Five Teams, the Largest Team, and Highest Individual Fundraiser.  Buddy Walk medals will be given out to all special need’s individuals.  Ericka Chica Iglesias will sing the National Anthem as The Florida Sunsation Cheerleaders rally for us! The Top five teams, the Largest Team, and the Highest Individual Fundraiser will lead off the Advocacy walk by blowing air horns.  Teams will then take the Advocacy walk through Raymond James Stadium on a backstage tour. Meet Julie Hirsch Photography by the Pirate Ship for your Free Team photos.  Julie Mckenna our wonderful M.C. will keep you amused as you watch yourselves on the giant Megatron screens.

REGISTER TODAY! DS-STRIDE.ORG/FDSWFBUDDYWALK

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TO SUPPORT FDSWF AND OUR DOWN SYNDROME COMMUNITY! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!