Champion distance runner, 61, found dead near Yosemite peak

Fred Zalokar, a long-distance runner whose fairy of endurance was featured in World Runners and his Reno Gazette Journal city, ventured on an off-trail route from Happy Isles to the eastern end of Yosemite Valley at the summit at Mount Clark, an 11,522-foot mountain, last weekend.

An official search began Sunday when he was not back in 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 previously reported that Zalokar moved 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 of his goal to set a 55-to-59 age group marathon record in a 2017 interview with The runner’s world.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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