2019 Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote awareness, acceptance, understanding and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to over 300 walks planned for 2019 worldwide. The Sioux Falls Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate.



Starting at 9:30 am, busses will run every 15 minutes

Starting at 9:30 am, free shuttle busses will run every 15 minutes Free shuttle buses will be running from Central Church (3102 W Ralph Rogers Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 | Get Directions) to the Buddy Walk (Sertoma Park). The last bus will leave Sertoma Park at 2pm to return to Central Church. There is no parking at the Sertoma Park during the event.

Walk Day Schedule

  • 10:00am | Registration
  • 10:45am | Welcome & Thank you’s
  • 11:15am | Walk
    • The one-mile walk begins and ends at Sertoma Park. Seating is available for those attending but not walking.
  • 10:00am – 1:00pm | Entertainment & Lunch
    • There will be musical entertainment, a raffle, children’s activities, mascots, and fun! Lunch is served following the walk. We will also have several special performances during lunch, which will include individuals with Down syndrome.

New Directions

Mission: Provide information about Down syndrome, direction to resources and networking opportunities.

We encourage you to invite buddies!

Family, co-workers, teachers, neighbors, friends – whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join the Buddy Walk!

More Information

For more information about the Sioux Falls Buddy Walk, please contact Laura McNaughton, Buddy Walk director at 605.391.1561 or [email protected].