Are You Ready to Step Up for Colleen?

Help raise funds to support the Colleen E. Ritzer Scholarship Fund and play an active part in forming the next generation of caring, compassionate teachers.

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Are you ready to Step Up for Colleen and help students achieve their dream of becoming a teacher?

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A Race to Remember Colleen

Step Up for Colleen was established in 2014 in memory of a caring, compassionate teacher beloved by many. Learn more about Colleen Ritzer and the tremendous impact she had on family, friends and her students.

Colleen Ritzer


There is more than one way to Step Up For Colleen. Many volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the race.

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Thank You to Century Bank, a Step Up for Colleen Title Sponsor!

The success of the Step Up for Colleen 5K depends upon the generous support of local businesses. Learn more about our sponsors, or become one!

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Online registration for the 2017 Step Up for Colleen will open in January 2017. Get ready to #StepUp4Colleen!

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Colleen Ritzer

Learn more about Colleen and the scholarship fund established in her name that is supported by the 5K.

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Latest News and Information

Highlights from the 2016 Step Up for Colleen

You are invited to watch the following video that includes many sights, and some sounds, from the 2016 Step Up for Colleen.

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Community to Honor & “Step Up” for Colleen Ritzer

Thousands to Descend Upon Andover on May 1 in Memory of  Beloved Teacher, Friend, Sister and Daughter Who Continues to Inspire (ANDOVER, Massachusetts) – Thousands of walkers and runners will gather in Andover’s Central Park on Sunday, May 1, for the Third Annual Step Up for Colleen 5K, to be held in memory of beloved […]

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Registration Now Open for the 2016 Step Up for Colleen 5K

Race Organizers Accepting Sponsorships to Defray Cost of Race, Generate Additional Resources for Scholarship Fund (ANDOVER, Massachusetts) – Online registration is now open for the Third Annual Step Up for Colleen 5K, in memory of beloved teacher Colleen Ritzer, at, to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds from the […]

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