Supports Fallen Officer and Sheriff's Backpack Funds
NEWARK, Ohio, January 29, 2020—Registration is now open for the second annual Blue Line Twilight Run 5K and 10K, which will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m., at the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Newark campus. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. with a free, half-mile Kids Fun Run around the campus interior for youth 10 and under. The Blue Line Twilight Run, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), honors law enforcement personnel. 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 Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.755.7140.
Blue Line Twilight Run Registration
Blue Line Twilight Run entry fees are $35 per person for non-law enforcement personnel; $25 per person for current or former law enforcement personnel. Each participant registering by Friday, July 17, will be guaranteed an event t-shirt; all participants will receive a souvenir goody bag; medals will be awarded to all registrants completing the course. Walkers welcome. Online registration is available at go.cotc.edu/bluelinerun through Wednesday, July 15. In-person late registration will be available from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the campus's John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, Newark. A $5 late registration fee will be added per registration. T-shirts and packets with race bibs will be available for early pick up from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, July 17, at the Warner Center and beginning at 5 p.m. on race day.
Kids Fun Run Registration
Participation in the Kids Fun Run is free but in-person registration on race day is required and will be available from 5-5:30 p.m. in the Warner Center. All Fun Run participants will receive a completion medal.
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 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 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.