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Join us for the 1st Annual Step Up for Colleen – 5k Walk/Run, in loving memory of Colleen Ritzer. Colleen passed away on October 23, 2013, at the age of 24. She adored spending time with her family and friends; she was an amazing daughter and big sister. Help us keep her memory alive by registering today.

Step Up for Colleen and register for the 5k Walk Run! T-shirts given to the first 3,000 registered walkers/runners. Online registration ends on Friday, May 2 at 9:00 am EST.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Course: Start at the Corner of Bartlett Street and Chestnut Street, Andover, MA (Andover Central Park). The Course will run through parts of the bird sanctuary at Phillips Academy and will end at the Senior Center on Whittier Court. For the entire course description, view our Course Map & Description here.

Entry Fee: $25 for both the walk and run or $30 on race day

T-Shirts: T-shirts given to the first 3,000 registered walkers/runners - Register.

Packet Pick Up: Friday, May 2 and Saturday May 3 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Greater Boston Running Company, 45 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810. Race packets can also be picked up the morning of the race starting at 7:00 am at the Doherty Middle School Gymnasium (50 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA).

Due to the high number of entrants expected to participate in the event, the race organizers and North Shore Timing Company have decided to only time runners who wish to receive a time and appear in the results. This decision will help defer some of the timing cost and instead place more emphasis on raising money for the Step Up For Colleen Fund. If you are a runner and wish to be officially timed then please indicate with a "yes" in the appropriate space on the registration site.

The proceeds from the Colleen Ritzer 5k Walk/Run will support the Step Up for Colleen Fund at Essex County Community Foundation.


Can’t make it for the 5k walk/run? Consider making a donation to the Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Fund.


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