Champion distance runner, 61, found dead near Yosemite peak
A 61-year-old ultramarathon runner from Nevada was found dead after a day hike at Yosemite National Park.
Fred Zalokar, a long-distance runner whose feats in endurance were featured in Runners World and his hometown's Reno Gazette Journal, ventured on an off-trail route from Happy Isles at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mount Clark, a 11,522-foot mountain, last weekend.
An official search commenced Sunday when he did not return to Yosemite Valley as he had previously said he would.
Zalokar's body was found and recovered Tuesday near Mount Clark's summit, according to a statement from the National Park Service. The National Park Service added in the statement that the "incident remains under investigation."
"No additional information is available," the service said. Our condolences to his family and friends."
The Gazette Journal previously reported that Zalokar relocated to Reno from San Francisco in the 1980s, sticking around due to his love of the mountains.
"I just want to keep going, trying to get faster, stronger and do the best every day, every mountain, every race," Zalokar said …
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