The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD). Join 50,000 participants at 70+ Walks across the globe to support the Best Buddies programs in schools, workplaces, and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with IDD — one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time

Choose an event:


Ion Bank Cheshire Road Race
May 5, 2024


Chicago Marathon
Oct. 13, 2024

New York

New York City Marathon
Nov. 3, 2024
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Supporting Local Programs

Funds raised through the Friendship Walk benefits Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people and families with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Make a Donation

Make a donation and help move our mission forward. Simply choose an event to designate where your funds should be directed.  Every dollar raised goes towards making the world a more inclusive, accepting place.