Walk for Down Syndrome

Join with others in supporting Down syndrome awareness by taking part in Bismarck’s annual Designer Genes  Walk for Down Syndrome on Saturday, September 26, 2020 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. Donations are welcome to help support Down syndrome awareness and Designer Genes’ work across the state.

WHAT: The Designer Genes Walk for Down Syndrome, and other awareness walks like it, were originally started 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 walk will be one of at least 350 walk events scheduled from mid-September through November, with more than 250,000 people expected to participate.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2020. 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: 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 does not focus on fundraising during the Walk, however, last year alone, nationally awareness walks for Down syndrome 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 Walk support both local and national programs.

Download the Designer Genes Walk FAQ