Odell "Ranger" Wilson carried the flag in races all over San Diego and throughout the country to commemorate the fallen and to the goal of ending veteran homelessness. After he died of Covid on December 18, 2020, we now carry his legacy forward when we carry the POW/MIA flag for the cause of ending veteran homelessness.

Origin Story Video


Friday, May 20, 2005 | Towering at just a hair over 5 feet 9 inches and tipping the scales at 260 pounds, “Ranger” Wilson, formally known as Odell Wilson, is considered a Clydesdale in running circles. This former U.S. Army Ranger calls cadence while running in order to take his mind off the pounding of each step. It’s a running technique he learned in jump school in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Why I Run

Ranger Wilson Sound Off 5K Sunday June 12th & Sunday, Nov. 13, 2021 7AM, Race Start 8AM

Virtual Race Anytime Now through - November 13

Step 1. Register to run/walk in person or virtual 5K (3.1 mile), and invite your friends to join!

Step 2.  The June 12th race will be a fun walk/run meetup to collect donations for PATH San Diego's transitional housing for our unhoused residents and veterans. No Bib. No Timing. We'll be planning and collaborating for our 2022 November 13 race. We are looking for new Volunteers, Pacers, Cadence Sound Off Callers, and Board Members! 

Step 3. The November 13th race will be USATF certified with a timed start. But you can do it virtually, run/walk the distance on your own and then submit your time to be added to the Ranger Wilson Sound Off 5K results leader board. Post a picture to our website!

Interested in Learning More?

We will contact you with more information about our race.

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