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2010 Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Thursday, October 14, 2010 View Comments

An aerial view of walkers crossing the start line outside Value City Arena. The first walkers completed the mile course as the final walkers started the route.


On Sunday, October 10, 2010, a beautiful, sunny day in Columbus, Ohio, 18,500 people participated in the third annual Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center. 

Ohioans were out in full force on the campus of The Ohio State University to support their loved ones affected by autism spectrum disorders.  The Buckeye crowd enjoyed various festivities of the day including arts & crafts, face painting, bouncies, 40 autism community resource fair vendors, animals from the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Westerville Tae Kwon Do, High School Cheerleading Squads, Story Time with the Hog Mollies and a sing a long to name a few. 

Walkers were ushered out of the Center and through the scarlet and gray balloon arch by the Ohio State University Cheerleaders, mascot Brutus and the OSU Athletic band.  Special thanks to OSU President Dr. Gee and Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr for joining us on Walk day! To date, the Columbus Walk has raised over $530,000 and counting! 

The Walk would not have been such a tremendous success without the dedication and hard work of Walk Chairpersons Lori Peacock and Michele Worthington and the entire Columbus Walk Executive Committee.  We are so fortunate to have the support of Jerod Smalley and our wonderful media partners, NBC 4, Columbus Parent and WCOL. 

Our corporate partners, White Castle, Raisin Rack, Limited Brands, Oakstone Academy, University of Phoenix Columbus Campus, Bob Caldwell Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, The Learning Spectrum, Safe Auto Insurance Company, Wireless, Encore Delivery Systems, Coca-Cola, Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Nationwide Children’s Hospital were on hand to celebrate the day with us. 

With over 100 walkers and $10,000 raised – Team Learning Spectrum is all smiles for their third annual Walk event!


To all Columbus team captains, walkers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and committee members, YOU are changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders! For more pictures and details about the Walk, visit our Facebook page at


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