Missing trail runner found dead in Yosemite

A Reno trail runner who went missing over the weekend in Yosemite has been found dead.

Fred Zalokar (Family photo via National Park Service) 

The body of Fred Zalokar, 61, was recovered Tuesday near the 11,527-foot summit of Mount Clark, a press release from the park said.

The announcement gave no information on a cause of death and said it remains under investigation.

Zalokar had planned a solo day hike Saturday from Yosemite Valley’s Happy Isles trailhead to Mount Clark using an off-trail route from Bunnell Point. He failed to return.

Zalokar had been a standout marathoner and ultrarunner since his 20s, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

Among his accomplishments: He clocked sub-24-hour finishes in 100-mile races including the Western States 100 and the Leadville Trail 100; ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica; won his age group in the six “world marathon majors” (Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo); and summited the highest peaks on five continents.

He lived in San Francisco before moving in the mid-1980s to Reno, where he worked as the manager of a swim and tennis club. He is survived by his wife, Deb, and their son, Ian.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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