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Harold Winton

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Harold Lee Winton

Hal Winton, "Uncle Hal," an American original and icon in the Southern California ultra running world died May 24, 2017. He recently ran his 35th annual Avalon 50 Mile Benefit race at age 85. He was also their top fundraiser. Hal co-directed the Angeles Crest 100 for thirty years with Ken Hamada. He climbed Mt McKinley, ran the John Muir Trail, ran the Grand Canyon in both directions on several occasions, and made his mark in ultra endurance 50 and 100-mile mountain runs like the Pike's Peak, Western States, Hard Rock, and Leadville 100's. At age 60 he got the Grand Slam Award for completing three ultra marathons in one year.

Keeping forests accessible was his purpose. When the USFS no longer had budget to maintain the trails Hal managed the AC100 Trail Maintenance Program (and Training Run Program), cleared trails with buddy Gary Hilliard as U.S. Forest Service Chainsaw Certified Volunteer Trail Bosses, attended National Park Service meetings, and was a hands-on trail consultant for Rolling Hills Community Association, the Palos Verdes Loop Trail Project and the Caballeros del Rancho Palos Verdes.

Born in Atlanta, Indiana August 7, 1931 to Dorothy Anderson Winton and Levi Lawson Winton, Hal served as a U.S. Navy electronics technician first class during the Korean War. He met his former wife Lurley Wentworth in a Glendale, California roller skating rink. Upon receiving his Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue, the Aerospace Industry drew him to Los Angeles where he also earned a Master's degree from USC.

It wasn't just finishing a race that mattered to Hal it was how one ran their race. Inspired by his faith, he asked that his gravestone read "Above All Else I loved the Lord Jesus Christ." His children Cynthia and Stephen, Daniel, and Valerie, grandkids Katie, Leah and Marina and many good friends will remember for his passion, love, perseverance, good humor, wisdom, and dedication.

To honor him Memorial Donation checks may be sent to benefit the Avalon Lions Club at PO Box 305, Avalon, CA 90704, Include "For Hal" on the check. Share condolences on Hal Winton Facebook Page.

Military honors conducted by the United States Navy will occur at 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Burden Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518.

There will be a Memorial service followed by a reception the following day at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 28, at his church Rolling Hills Covenant Church, 2222 Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 18, 2017
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