Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome in the community. People around the world are walking to show their support for more than 400,000 individuals with Down syndrome in the U.S. Every dollar raised brings us one step closer to ensuring that every individual will have the opportunity to reach his or her potential.
Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley held our first Buddy Walk in 2004. Up until today, Buddy Walk has become our largest fundraising event, allowing us to support local programs and services that benefit all the individuals with Down Syndrome in our community.
All people with Down syndrome have an extra, critical portion of chromosome 21 present in all or some of their cells. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. Although 5K’s are usually 3.1 miles, our 5K run will have an extra .11 miles, making our 5K a 3.21 mile run- to celebrate the extra chromosome, hence “5K with a little extra”.
Each year, DSABV will donate a portion of our proceeds from our 5K “With a Little Extra” to another not-for-profit agency in the Brazos Valley that does valuable work supporting our community. In 2019, we’ve chosen to support educators. Donated money will go to education foundations within the counties in which funds are raised.
Our event will happen RAIN or SHINE!
SO many new teams this year, we had to add another t-shirt pick up day!!
Don't forget to stop by to collect your shirt and be prepared for the event!
Come by anytime after 9am to collect your tshirt/bib!
Stop by during the morning, if you can't make it today you can also collect the day of the event! Make sure to collect before 7:45 for the 5K and 1pm for the buddy Walk.
5K Bib pick up – No Bibs will be distributed after 7:45am!
Run or Walk your heart out! Have a great time and see you at the finish line!
Top finishers of the 5K Run/Walk will be awarded.
Check-in and receive your t-shirt/race bib. Also, enjoy the entertainment and food options open for the Buddy Walk.
Opening ceremonies begin
The 16th Annual Buddy Walk has begun.