ODA 5XX Adventure Racing Team



What’s in a Name: ODA 5XX (Pronounced five ex ex, not five two times or five double ex) is an adventure racing team made up of members from the U.S. Army’s Fifth Special Forces Group at FT Campbell, KY. Within the Special Forces Group, the primary operational unit is the Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA); a twelve man team of highly trained Special Forces soldiers (sometimes referred to as “Green Berets”). Each ODA has its own number (such as 536, 552, 584, etc.) to give each team its own identity. Due to military training, exercises, and deployments, for each adventure race the members of ODA 5XX cannot all come from the same ODA. Consequently our team is named 5XX to highlight the fact that the team is mixture of several different ODAs.