Who is Ryan Owens?
John and his younger brother Ryan Owens grew up in Coral Springs. The later moved to Chillicothe, Illinois where they attended high school, but he spent his summer back in sunny South Florida.
Ryan enlisted in the Navy before high school graduation but always intended to move back to South Florida after he retired from service.
Ryan went on to be trained as part of the elite Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Forces (SEALs) program. During his service Ryan was awarded the SEAL Trident and Basic Parachutist wings and other medals, including a Silver Star w/Combat “V” Navy.
The Loss of a Hero
On Jan. 29, 2017, Ryan was in Yemen with SEAL Team 6 on his 12th deployment as part of the Navy Seals. It was his 18th year serving in the US Navy, when his camp was raided during the night. Ryan later died of wounds he endured that evening. He was survived by his parents, brothers, a wife and three kids.
The Naked Warrior Project & Ryan Owen’s Memorial Run
To honor and celebrate his brother’s life, John started The Ryan Owens Memorial Run and The Naked Warrior Project. The run is a 4-mile beach run, reminiscent of those they did in training (usually carrying full gear and wearing combat boots).
All proceeds from this run will go to The Naked Warrior Project. The mission of this organization is to build memorials for those SEALS who have been killed in combat. The William Ryan Owens memorial will be the first for The Naked Warrior Project.
The cost to run or walk the 4-mile timed beach course is $40 for adults. Kids 12 and younger can participate in a 1-mile run for just $20.
Opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th.
Race starts at 9 a.m. at the main beach parking lot.
Enjoy a free after-party in the beach parking lot with food trucks, a beer garden and live music.
Following the event, there will be a dinner and silent auction at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, in Boca Raton. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $150.
Although, this is the first year of The Ryan Owens Memorial Run. The City of Deerfield Beach has agreed to co-sponsor what will become an annual race.
For more information about the race and other memorial events please go to www.nakedwarriorproject.org.
Island Water Sports is proud to be an official sponsor of the run and the packet pick up location. If you have or are currently serving our country, please ask our staff for your Service Appreciation VIP card.