Register for Inaugural Blue Line Twilight Run and Walk at COTC

​​​NEWARK, Ohio, April 4, 2019 – Registration is open for the inaugural Blue Line Twilight 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m., at the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Newark campus. The event, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), will honor law enforcement personnel as they prepare for National Police Week, May 11-17. Proceeds from the Blue Line Twilight Run will benefit COTC's Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service and the LCSO's Stuff the Backpack fund. Event sponsorships are available by contacting the COTC Development Office at or 740.755.7140.

After-Run Fun Down/Concert Open to All
If you can't participate in the Twilight Run/Walk, plan to come to campus for the free After-Run Fun Down, which will feature bounce houses for kids, food trucks, live music, first responder vehicles on display and a distracted driving simulator. All community members, families and race participants are invited to enjoy the free event. Local food trucks Poppy's Roadside Diner, Lynette's Country BBQ and Simply Fit will offer food for purchase. Local classic rock cover band Off the Grid will provide live music. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. The After-Run Fun Down will be held at the COTC Newark campus's Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre from 7:30-10 p.m.

Blue Line Run_facebook event.jpgBlue Line Twilight Run Registration
$35 per person: non law enforcement personnel
$25 per person current or former law enforcement personnel

Groups 5-15 participants
$20 per person
$30 per person beginning April 22
$35 per person after online pre-registration has closed until the day of event

To register, visit For registration questions, contact Tym Tyler at

Online registration is available for both individual and groups through Wednesday, May 1.

In-person registration will be available on Friday, May 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 5-6:30 p.m. at the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center lobby, 1219 University Drive, COTC Newark campus.

Police academy cadets and other teams are encouraged to participate. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt and medals will be awarded to all registrants completing the course. Free gift bags will be available for the first 300 registrants. Walkers welcome.

Thanks to the Blue Line Twilight Run sponsors: Coughlin Automotive Group, Liberty Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Telhio Credit Union, Wayne Homes, Donaldson Real Estate, Holtz Industries, Inc. and MPW Industrial Services. In-kind sponsors include: Main Events and Monster Energy. 

Support a Future Peace Officer and Local School Kids
COTC's Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service is presented by the Cottrell family in memory of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr., who was senselessly killed in the line of duty while working in the Knox County town of Danville in January 2016. Cottrell was born in Newark and graduated from COTC's basic police academy in 2002. He served in law enforcement for more than 14 years. Established by Cottrell's mother, Melissa Osborn, and sister, Nicole Kohlmier, the award is presented at each COTC Peace Officer Basic Training (POBT) graduation ceremony during the academic year. The $1,000 award assists the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement. Endowing the fund will allow for three $1,000 awards annually from the endowment's interest, leaving the fund's principal untouched so the award can exist in perpetuity.

Stuff the Backpack is a new program created by the LCSO to help underserved school-age children in Licking County schools served by the LCSO prepare for the new school year. Uniformed officers will shop for school supplies with an identified child and their family, creating positive relationships with law enforcement in a fun-filled, encouraging atmosphere.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.