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Buddy Walk 2021

Join us on September 11, 2021

Sorry, registrations are currently closed.

The Buddy Walk is the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati’s largest fundraising and awareness event of the year, attracting over 13,000 participants and raising half of the annual revenue needed to fulfill our mission. Together, we walk to celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome and raise much needed funds to provide programs, support, resources, outreach and advocacy to our community.  Here is a snapshot of some of your donations at work.

The Buddy Walk is a short 1 mile stroll, starting and finishing throughout Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman's Cove.  We kick of the morning with a pre-party at 9:00 AM and start the walk at 10:00 AM.  The walk route is filled with entertainment, music and fun at every turn.  When finished, stroll right into our after-party - designed fun for all ages, with food and drink for everyone to enjoy.

2021 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and the 20th Annual Buddy Walk!  These are 2 major milestones that we are excited to be celebrating with you!

Day of Updates & Planning:
We are planning an in-person event at Sawyer Point.  However, we do know that many teams have decided to celebrate at home again this year.  Therefore, we do not expect the usual 13,000+ participants to be on-site at Sawyer Point on September 11th.  We anticipate those that do attend, to have more room to celebrate with distance.   

Health & Safety Accommodations:
  • All volunteers, staff, and vendors will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Those that pass out food will be wearing gloves and frequently sanitizing.
  • ​There will be NO day of registration this year.  We will still host 2 tents designated for dropping donations and asking any questions you may have.  We will also have some Buddy Walk merchandise for sale.  
  • We have decided to forego some of our traditional after-party entertainment to avoid creating instances that require close proximity or sharing supplies. Therefore, we will NOT have face painting, arts & crafts, and enclosed bounce houses. We will still have inflatable obstacle courses, inflatable games, home depot projects, cool critters, giveaways, and more.
  • To avoid congestion at the start of the walk, we encourage participants to hop on the route wherever they choose! Remember - it’s your day, so walk your way!
  • Since the event is outdoors, masks are not required. However, we do encourage wearing masks in congested areas and lines. 
  • T-Shirt Pick Up will be curbside outside of our Empowerment Center at 4623 Wesley Avenue in Norwood.  Team Captains or a designated team member can email to let us know when you plan to pick up.  When you arrive, you can stay in your car and a DSAGC volunteer will bring your shirts out to you.  We encourage ALL teams to plan on picking up their shirts during T-Shirt Week.  Click here for a list of dates and times.


Call or email Kerin with any questions: 513.761.5400 |

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