The Andover Townsman is planning a special section to commemorate the inaugural Step Up For Colleen Ritzer 5K walk and run through Andover on Sunday, May 4.
The event, which takes place nine days before what would have been Ritzer’s 25th birthday, will benefit the Step Up for Colleen Fund at Essex County Community Foundation in honor of the slain Danvers High School teacher who spent much of her life in Andover.
As part of the special section, The Townsman is collecting special memories and anecdotes about Ritzer from her friends, colleagues, former teachers and anyone touched in some way by her life in hopes of honoring her legacy.
Memories and thoughts about Ritzer and what she meant to those who knew her may be submitted by email to editor Sonya Vartabedian at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to The Townsman, 33 Chestnut St., Andover 01810. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 10.
A sizable turnout is expected for the May 4 race, which gets under way at 9 a.m. and will start and end at the Park, located downtown at Chestnut and Bartlet streets. The course primarily travels through the southern part of Andover, with a portion winding through parts of the bird sanctuary at Phillips Academy. Participants are urged to wear pink, Ritzer’s favorite color.
The registration fee for both the run and walk is $25 in advance, $30 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to all runners who register by April 21. Race-day registration will take place at the nearby Doherty Middle School gym on Bartlet Street.
To register or for more information, visit http://colleenritzer5k.com.