Jason Thomas, a former Marine Corps sergeant, who led the rescue of the last two survivors in the World Trade Center wreckage on Sept. 11, 2001, is sponsoring a race to benefit Heroes for Humanity, a nonprofit organization in its inaugural year.

Jason Thomas, a former Marine Corps sergeant, who led the rescue of the last two survivors in the World Trade Center wreckage on Sept. 11, 2001, is sponsoring a race to benefit Heroes for Humanity, a nonprofit organization in its inaugural year.

Proceeds will benefit soldiers and students in need.

Thomas hopes to gather 3,000 participants for the race, in homage to the 3,000 Americans who died on Sept. 11. Participants can run 9.11 miles; run or walk a 5K; or walk one mile.

The Columbus race will begin in front of the Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St. Race day registration and packet pickup will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The pre-race rally begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race to follow at 8 a.m.

Packets may also be picked up Sept. 3-10 at Front Runner, 1344 W. Lane Ave. All participants will receive an event shirt, and the top 10 male and female participants in the 5K and 9.11 mile runs will receive a medal.

To register, visit http://www.heroes4humanity.org. Military, veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel can receive a $5 discount by entering "veteran" in the coupon code box on the registration form.

The Thurber House fall 2010 "Evenings with Authors" series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.


Thrity Umrigar will read from "The Weight of Heaven," her fifth and newest novel. The book explores the complexities of grief, relationships and a clash between cultures.

She will take questions from the audience and sign books following the reading. The event concludes with a coffee and cookies reception.

Umrigar is a journalist who has written for publications such as The Washington Post, The Plain Dealer and The Boston Globe. She is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Discount tickets, priced at $15 dollars in advance and $18 at the door, are available for students and seniors. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (614) 464-1032 or visit www.thurberhouse.org.

The Sept. 27 reading will feature David Rakoff.


New phone books will be landing on the front porches and doorsteps of Franklin County through the end of September, and SWACO would like to remind residents and businesses that old phone books are recyclable.

Most phone books are printed on paper made from recycled paper, sawdust or wood chips. Old books are recycled into products like new phone books, insulation, cereal boxes, bathroom tissue, shingles and animal bedding.

Residents can log on to www.swaco.org for a list of 225 SWACO drop-off centers located in Franklin County. Those with curbside recycling may add phone books to recycling bins.