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Bluffton Police Department News Flash

Posted on: October 11, 2021

CANCELED: Bluffton Lutzie 43 5K scheduled for November 6, 2021

What: Bluffton Lutzie 43 5K

When: November 6, 2021, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Where: Bluffton Oyster Factory Park located at 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton SC 29910

The Bluffton Lutzie 43 5K is an annual race to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. Originating with the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s first Road Race in 2014, this event was adopted by the Town of Bluffton in 2019. The Town’s local race serves as a fundraiser for the Bluffton Lutzie 43 Scholarship Program.  The funds raised from this event support the annual scholarships which are awarded to local students who have acted as public safety ambassadors within their peer group.

“This 5K is a fun way for our community to come together to reduce distracted driving, collisions and injuries in our Town,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said, “The proceeds from this race fund annual scholarships for students who are ambassadors of safe driving habits. The more we can spread this message through each age group of our town, the safer our roads and community will be.”  

The Town would like to thank the following for investing in this event and cause:

GOLD - $1,000

  • Palmetto Running Company
  • Vaux Marscher Berglind PA
  • O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln Inc.

SILVER - $500

  • Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
  • Accurate Lithography 
  • Sign D’Sign

BRONZE - $250

  • Corner Perk
  • The Parlour
  • The Sulka/Bogart Team Real Estate
  • 911 Driving School

To register for the Bluffton Lutzie 43 5K, please visit: Bluffton Lutzie 43 5K ( The sign-up site allows for 5K registration, as well as a way for the public to donate in lieu of race participation. 


The race starts at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through Historic Old Town Bluffton and along the May River. The first 300 runners will receive a Lutzie 5K race shirt. Custom medals will also be given to overall male and female, and top three division winners. There will be NO race day registration. Late registration and packet pick-up will be held on Friday, November 5th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Bluffton Police Department located at 101 Progressive St, Bluffton, 29910. The race is professionally timed by the Palmetto Running Company.


In April 2019, the Lutzie 43 Foundation and the Town of Bluffton partnered to raise awareness and educate about the dangers of distracted driving and 43 Key Seconds, which encourages all drivers to complete the 43 second driving safety checklist upon entering the vehicle and before turning the key. The checklist contains the simple tasks of make sure to have a CLEAR HEAD, CLEAR HANDS, CLEAR EYES AND CLICK IT. To learn more, visit: Lutzie 43 | Bluffton, SC.

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