2017 Buddy Walk

tshirtdesignonbrownJoin with others from your community in supporting Down syndrome awareness by taking part in Bismarck’s annual Designer Genes Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Registration and entertainment will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the approximately 1-mile walk kicking off at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is not necessary and no registration fees are collected from walkers. The walk promotes Down syndrome awareness and is supported by well-appreciated community sponsors. Walkers who wish to donate $20 or more will receive a Designer Genes calendar, and those donating $50 or more will receive a calendar and a sweatshirt (while supplies last).

WHAT:  The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. This year the Designer Genes Buddy Walk was one of at least 350 Buddy Walk events scheduled from mid-September through November, with more than 250,000 people expected to participate.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 23, 2017. Registration and entertainment begins at 10:00 am, with the walk beginning at 11 am.

WHERE:  State Capitol Grounds, Bismarck – Registration will be set up at the Capitol Steps and the walk will be conducted around the Capitol loop. (600 E Boulevard Avenue)

WHO:  About 2,000 people are expected to attend. Participants include people with Down syndrome from around the state, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and other supporters.  The general public is encouraged to attend and show their support for people of all abilities.

BACKGROUND:  Designer Genes is does not focus on fundraising during the Buddy Walk, however, last year alone, Buddy Walks raised more than $10.5 million to benefit national education, research and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the Designer Genes Buddy Walk support both local and national programs.

Download the FAQ document from the 2016 Buddy Walk.