Step UP for Down Syndrome

Step up for Down syndrome is our signature community awareness and fundraising event designed to bring the community together to show support and solidarity with individuals with Down syndrome. VDSA hosts 3 Step Up events across our service area, offering multiple locations and times of year for you to join us in Stepping Up to show your support for Down syndrome.

Join us for Step UP in Richmond!

October 12th from 9am – 1pm

Join us for our 18th Annual Step UP 5K & Family Festival. This event includes a 5k run/walk, family festival, and community resource fair. There will be food trucks, stage performances by individuals of all abilities, community resource fair, kids’ zone, and so much more. You will not want to miss this.

Registration coming soon!

Peer to Peer Fundraising

For this event individual supporters are invited to create a team for the event and collect donations from friends, family, and colleagues to help reach our fundraising goal. Through the power of collective impact, everyone doing a little, we can achieve more together!


Anyone! If you have Down syndrome, know someone with Down syndrome, or simply care about people with Down syndrome you are invited to create a team and help raise awareness and funds to support our mission.

No! We of course would love to have you, but you do not have to run or walk- you can simply come and enjoy the festival that day.

Yes, there are a variety of team incentives and prizes available. You can read all about them over on our full event page, here: (this page isn’t set up yet, but will be in June).

2024 Full FAQ Document is coming soon!

Join us for our 3rd Annual Step UP in Shenandoah Valley!

Saturday, September 14th from 10am – 1pm

Join us at Hillandale Park for a 1k, Family Festival, and Community Resource Fair. There will be a kids’ zone, music, exhibitors, food, Silent Auction, and more.

Step UP in Charlottesville 2024 was a success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s family festival at the Piedmont YMCA. Stay tuned for a Save the Date for the Step UP Charlottesville 2025!

View event pictures here:

Thanks to our event sponsors: