Fred Zalokar

Fred Zaloka, 61-year-old mountain athlete from Reno, was found deceased by rangers in Yosemite National Park and recovered Tuesday near the summit of 11,527-foot Mount Clark. 

A 61-year-old mountain runner, marathoner and ultramarathoner from Reno was found deceased by rangers in Yosemite National Park after he was reported missing on Sunday.

The body of Fred Zalokar was recovered Tuesday near the summit of 11,527-foot Mount Clark, Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, confirmed.

Zalokar was reported missing Sunday, one day after he did not return to Yosemite Valley as planned from an off-trail day trip from Happy Isles to Bunnell Point and Mount Clark, two high points visible to the east from Glacier Point and south of Half Dome and Liberty Cap. 

Further details of what’s known about Zalokar’s death were not disclosed. An investigation was continuing.

Zalokar had climbed the highest peaks in more than 60 countries, often running to the summits, and he had competed in marathons and ultramarathons for years, the Reno Gazette reported in 2015. 

Runner’s World reported in 2017 that Zalokar was thought to be the first runner ever to win his age group at all six World Marathon Majors — Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City.

Mount Clark is a distinctive granite peak in the Clark Range, formerly known as Gothic Peak and The Obelisk. It’s named for Galen Clark, the so-called first guardian of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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