NEWARK — Registration is now open for the inaugural Blue Line Twilight Run 5K and 10K, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 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.

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 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.

There is an entry fee, which is lower for current or former law-enforcement personnel. Police academy cadets and other teams are encouraged to participate. There are also special entry fees for groups of five or more. For group registration, contact Tym Tyler at

Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, and medals will be awarded to all registrants completing the course. Walkers are also welcome. To register, visit

Event sponsorships are available by contacting the COTC Development Office at or 740-755-7140.

There will also be an After-Run Fun Down. All community members, families and participants are invited to stay after the race to enjoy fare from local food trucks and live music from 8-10 p.m.


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