Blue Line Superhero Run

5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run


2024 Event Information

Saturday, May 11, 2024
8:30 a.m.

COTC Newark Campus
John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
1219 University Dr.
Newark, OH 43055


Public Safety Festival

Immediately following the race,  meet local first responders, explore emergency vehicles and watch K-9 demos.

Entry Fees

5K and 10K Runs

$35 per participant
$25 current and former first responders and current students

Free t-shirt, goody bag and finisher medal for participants

1-Mile Family Fun Run

$20 per participant

Free superhero cape for participants

Support a Future Peace Officer and Local School Kids

The Blue Line Superhero Run, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), honors law enforcement personnel as they begin National Police Week. Proceeds from the Blue Line Superhero 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

The Officer Cottrell Award 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 helps the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a law enforcement career. 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

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.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Sheriff Sponsor

Licking Memorial Health Systems logo.

Deputy Sponsors

Garver Asset Protection logo.

John Hinderer Honda Motor Company logo.

Rookie Sponsors

Duchess logo.

Edward Jones logo.

Energy Cooperative logo.

First Federal Savings logo.

Knox Community Hospital logo.

Super Duty Truck Parts logo.


TrueCore Foundation logo.


Cadet Sponsor

Park National Bank logo

In Kind Sponsor

K Sound Entertainment logo.

Become a Sponsor

Event sponsorships ranging from $100 to $2,000 are available, but the COTC Advancement Office is available to work with potential sponsors regarding support in any amount. To learn how you can support this event, contact Becky Clawson in the COTC Advancement Office at or 740.755.7866.

Sponsorship levels:

  • Sheriff ($2,000)
  • Deputy ($1,000)
  • Rookie ($500)
  • Cadet ($100–$499)