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..