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2020 Blue Line Twilight Run 5K/10K Cancelled

​NEWARK, Ohio, June 12, 2020—The second annual Blue Line Twilight Run 5K and 10K, which was scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2020, has been cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Entry fees for the 2020 event have been refunded to registrants who did not elect to roll their registration into the 2021 event. Special thanks to Licking Memorial Health Systems; Romine Company; Donaldson Real Estate; AlphaLink Technologies; Licking County Fraternal Order of Police, MPW Industrial Services, Inc. and Citizens for Hayes (Bill Hayes, candidate) who graciously committed their 2020 sponsorship to support the 2021 event. The 2021 Blue Line Twilight Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 8. Thank you to all who registered and committed to supporting the 2020 event.


The Blue Line Twilight Run is a collaboration between Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) to honor law enforcement personnel. Proceeds from the annual Blue Line Twilight Run benefit COTC’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service and the LCSO’s Stuff the Backpack fund. With this year’s event cancelled gifts to support both causes are greatly appreciated. Gifts to the Officer Cottrell Memorial Fund be sent to: Office of Advancement, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. Checks should be made payable to the COTC Cottrell Memorial Fund or contact the Office of Advancement at 740.364.9514 to discuss other options. 

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.