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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Registration for the 2016 Step Up for Colleen is now open! Are you 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

Why did they race?

You are invited to watch the below video that shares why many decided to “Step Up for Colleen” on May 3, 2015.

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2015 Step Up for Colleen

A wonderful video of the 2015 Step Up for Colleen!

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FOX 25: Thousands turn out for 5k held in teacher Colleen Ritzer’s honor

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston ANDOVER, Mass. ( — More than 5,000 people honored Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer at a road race in her memory on Sunday. As runner Nina Caron looks over a sea of pink at the Step Up for Colleen 5k, she said she teared up […]

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