Why Sponsor?

Since 2014, each year, more than 3,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters Stepped Up for Colleen. Featuring a USA Track and Field certified course, the 2018 event is expected to surpass the number of 2017 participants. Not only is your support of the race a unique opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the community, but also helps tomorrow’s teachers obtain the education they require to inspire their future students.

There are a number of costs associated with the Step Up for Colleen event. Timing chips, official race timers, T-shirts and food for participants at the end of the race are but a few of the many expenses. For every sponsor that joins Step Up for Colleen, additional funds are provided to the Colleen E. Ritzer Scholarship Fund, established by Colleen’s family to provide college scholarships to high school graduates who pursue education as their college major and demonstrate a love for family, just like Colleen.

Please click here  to learn more about a number of different sponsor opportunities to help you advertise your business and share your commitment to the community.

Please contact Sponsorship Director/Volunteer Coordinator, Eileen Rullo for more information or to discuss a sponsorship opportunity. Thank you for your consideration!

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2018/2017/ 2016 Title Sponsor


2017 Gold Sponsor

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Silver Sponsors

Andover Spine Center
Cheers Boston
Coldwell Banker
Commonwealth Motors
Institute for Savings
The River
Touchstone Closing

Bronze Sponsors

Andover Animal Hospital
Atrius Health
Bay State Physical Therapy
Ciao Bow Wow
Danvers Public Schools
Enterprise Bank
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Invoice Cloud
Salem Five
St. Augustine’s
Title Boxing
Wells Fargo

Kilometer/Other Sponsors

Arrow Carpet One Floor & Home
Black Diamond Networks
Cox Capital
Dinner by DiSH
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
Patriots Bank
Teacher’s Pet

In-Kind Sponsors

Andover Youth Services
Andrea’s Skin Care
Berry Tavern
British Beer Company
Dinner by DiSH
Fun Faces Express
Greater Boston Running Company
Muffin Town
New Balance
Optimum Sportswear
Orange Leaf
Yang’s Fitness & Wellness

Friends of Step Up for Colleen

DMSE Sports
Phillips Academy
Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Fund