Get your running shoes ready, or if you prefer, pull out your bicycle. In just one week, the second annual Lutzie 43 Distracted Driving Virtual 5K is happening.
Doing things virtually has become the norm these days, so why not run, walk or ride a 5K virtually? On Aug. 1 at 8:30 a.m., I’m asking everyone to get out and run a 5K on a track, treadmill, in your neighborhood or on a trail. Even though we won’t be together in person, we can still take part in the run to raise awareness and funds.
All donations made by those registering for the run will go directly toward a higher-education scholarship for several Bluffton teens. This past May, the town awarded two high school graduates and one student already enrolled in college with a $1,000 scholarship each. It’s called the Bluffton-Lutzie 43 Scholarship.
The proceeds from last year’s run enabled the town to provide these scholarships. We would love to award three more students with a similar scholarship next May, but we can’t do it without the community’s monetary support.
If you are interested in registering, you can go to https://www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/687/Donate and donate as little or as much as you can.
Also check out our social media and see how our sponsors are spreading the word, and if you want to be a sponsor let me know. CrossFit will allow free participation in their early morning classes if you want to run with other people (while social distancing). Our Facebook page has all of the info.
In April 2019, the town of Bluffton partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation. The objective is to inspire all drivers to make better decisions while behind the wheel.
The Lutzie 43 Foundation was formed after Auburn football player Phillip Lutzenkirchen died in a distracted driving collision in 2014. His jersey number was 43.
The 43 Key Seconds initiative aims to produce safe and successful lifelong drivers who will serve as ambassadors for change in their communities. It’s all an effort to end distracted driving. Clear head, clear hands, clear eyes, click it.
If you ever have questions about our wonderful town, don’t hesitate to contact Town Hall at 706-4500 or email Lisa Sulka at email@example.com.