Step Up for Colleen 5K Road Race

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. The event will be held Sunday, May 5, 2024!

The net proceeds from the Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run will benefit charitable activities honoring Colleen’s legacy including the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund. 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 nearly $304,000 in college scholarships to 71 future teachers. This would not be possible without the support of so many. For more information or to learn more about the scholarship recipients please click here.


As race director Nina manages all corporate operations and the logistical preparations for race weekend on an annual basis. The job includes strategic planning, marketing, sponsorship sales and grant writing and management of staff, recruitment and management of volunteers.