A champion long-distance runner was found dead in Yosemite National Park after failing to return from a weekend hike, the National Park Service said. The body of Fred Zalokar, 61, of Reno, Nevada, was found and recovered near the summit of Mount Clark on Tuesday, according to a statement.
According to the park, Zalokar was on a day hike on July 17, from Happy Isles to the summit of Mount Clark at 11,522 feet, taking an off-trail route from Bunnell Point. He had planned to return to Yosemite Valley.
“This incident is still under investigation. No further information is available. Our condolences to his family and friends,” the park statement said.
Zalokar was an accomplished endurance athlete. After winning his age group at the Tokyo Marathon in 2017, Zalokar would be the first runner to win his age group in all six World Marathon Majors races: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City, Runner’s World reported.
On his website, Zalokar wrote that his main interests were running, climbing and traveling, and sharing these activities with his family and friends.
“I just want to keep going, trying to be faster, stronger and doing my best every day, every mountain, every race,” Zalokar told Runner’s World in 2017.