Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Don Burns (shown on left) taught and coached at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California for 31 years in addition to being a lifeguard at the beach for 47 years.

Personable with a permanent smile on his face, Burns died from a heart arrhythmia, but his legacy lives on with the Don Burns Mile, annually conducted in Newport Beach. A member of Millennium Hall of Fame (inducted 2000), he was described as a landmark, like the Newport Beach pier and is remembered for being an easygoing gentleman with great dignity.

The 2018 Southern Pacific Masters Swimming open water season will include four events this summer along the Southern California coast, including a memorial swim for Mr. Burns:

1. 49th Annual Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in Seal Beach on June 23rd – 200-yard, 400-yard, 800-yard, 1200-yard, 1 mile and 5 km

2. Newport Beach Pier to Pier 2 Mile Open Ocean Swim on July 14th in Newport Beach – 2 miles

3. Don Burns CDM 1 Mile Ocean Swim on August 4th in Corona del Mar – 1 mile

4. Mission Viejo Nadadores Mission Mile on September 23rd in Mission Viejo – 1 mile, 2 miles

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