When and Where?

When: May 7, 2023
Time: Opening Ceremony 8:30 a.m. - Race Start: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Andover Central Park, Bartlet Street, Andover, MA
Runners/Walkers: 3,000
Course Time Limit: 3:30

What are the registration fees?

Registration fees are $25 through Pi Day, March 14th. $35 through May 4th and will increase to $40 for May 5th - May 7th. 

Are runners and walkers timed?

Participants will wear a bib number with an electronically-readable chip affixed.  As runners/walkers cross the Finish line they run over a mat with a sensor that recognizes and records each runner’s “chip time”.  Bib numbers must be attached to the FRONT of your shirt and right side up to be read accurately.

Are there awards?

There will be awards for first, second and third top overall female and male. In addition, there will be awards for first and second female and male of each age division.

Awards will be mailed to the winners the week after the race. 

Will I receive a shirt?

The first 3,000 registrants will receive a shirt. While we will do our best, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the shirt size you requested when registering.

Team Information

A team must have a designated captain who will be responsible for pickup and distribution of all team bibs and t-shirts. There must be a minimum of 10 members on a team to be eligible for Team Packet Pickup. If you want to pick up your own packet, register as an individual, not as a team member. Teams with 10 or more members will receive a special gift while supplies last.

Where are the start and finish lines?

Central Park in Andover, MA

Is there parking available?

Public parking lots are located at the corner of Park St. and Bartlet St. and on Main Street between Punchard St. and Chestnut St., behind the library on Essex St., and off of Chestnut Court, with a walking path to the Park. There is also on-street parking, where noted. Please note: the larger parking lot at the corner of Park St. and Bartlet St. is under construction and is closed.

Does online registration close?

Online registration will remain open until 8:45 a.m. on race morning. However, we will ask you to register prior to coming to packet pickup or when you arrive using your phone in order to help us have a contactless environment. There will be volunteers available to help you. 

Where is registration and packet pick-up on race day?

Packet Pick Up & Registration will take place at the Andover Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover MA at the following times:

May 5th: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 6th: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 7th: 7 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Please register prior to your arrival or on your mobile device before coming to the pick-up table. Thank you!

Can I run/walk with a baby jogger?

Yes, this is a family event.  We will ask that you are staged behind the racers for safety reasons and we will follow the pulse start model.

Can I run/walk with a dog?

Yes, you can bring a dog. You will be staged behind the racers for safety reasons. Important: All dogs must have a current license and rabies vaccination tag on their collar. We will also ask that you clean up after your dog, especially in the bird sanctuary on the grounds of Phillips.

I'm traveling from out of town, where can I stay?

For your convenience, we have secured discounts at two local hotels for the night of Saturday, May 6th:

Andover Inn
The Andover Inn is conveniently located on the 500-acre campus of Phillips Academy, within walking distance to the Step Up for Colleen's start and finish lines. Call the front desk at (978) 775-4900 by April 8th and mention the Step Up for Colleen room block to secure the discounted rate of $265 (plus tax) for a room with a king bed or $285 (plus tax) for a room with two double beds.

Residence Inn
The Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Andover is located about five miles from the Step Up for Colleen's start and finish lines. The discounted rate of $149 per room (plus tax) includes a full breakfast buffet and can be booked online until April 21st.

Where can I find the results?

Results from the 2023 Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run can be found here. Thank you for Stepping Up for Colleen!