Thank You!

Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in 10th Annual Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run! We were so amazed by the sea of pink and all the support shown for Colleen and the legacy she left behind! Registration is now open for the 2024 Step Up for Colleen 5K!




May 5, 2024

Countdown Until the 2024 Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run




Step Up for Colleen!

The friends and family of Colleen Ritzer have created this 5K walk/run to celebrate Colleen’s life and her commitment to help and inspire others. Through the Step Up for Colleen event, organizers hope to enhance a sense of community and overall goodwill as we come together to honor Colleen and the values by which she lived.

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

The net proceeds from the 2024 Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run will benefit charitable activities honoring Colleen’s legacy including the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship fund was established by Colleen’s family to benefit graduating high school seniors, who are Andover and Danvers residents, who demonstrate a passion for teaching, academic excellence and love of family and who will pursue a degree in education. The scholarship fund is a permanent tribute to Colleen and builds upon her legacy by helping future teachers obtain a college degree so that they too can share their passion for teaching. Since its inception in October 2013, the scholarship fund has awarded over $513,000 in college scholarships to 100 future teachers & leaders. 

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Step Up for Colleen

Over the Years

May 4, 2014
2014 race square

Step Up for Colleen!

May 3, 2015
2015 race

Find Good in Every Day

May 1, 2016
2016 race

Yay Math!

May 7, 2017
2017 race

Honoring C.E.R.

May 6, 2018
2018 race

Ritz-5 Forever

May 5, 2019
2019 race

Find the Good

May 3, 2020
2020 race

No Matter What Happens, Be Good to People

September 19, 2021

Share a Smile

May 1, 2022

Always Be Kind

May 7, 2023
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10 Years Honoring Colleen

Our Initiatives

Memorial Scholarships

Step Up for Colleen 5K

Kindness for Colleen

Pink Daisies & Cacti