Friends: Cyclist was adventurous, athletic


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:16 AM

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- Friends are remembering Morgan Marold as an adventurous spirit who inspired everyone around her. The 28-year-old was dedicated to her friends, family and fitness.

"Nothing would ever slow her down. She always wanted to challenge herself to the fullest. Even at our workouts she would want to be pushed further," said friend Ally Davidson.

Marold was killed Tuesday while riding her bike on Bee Cave Road near Barton Creek Boulevard. Her bike suffered a flat tire, and Marold fell into traffic where she was hit by a truck.

Davidson owns Camp Gladiator, the group fitness gym where Marold is considered family. The motto there is "Live Adventurously."

"There is no other person that lived that [motto] better than Morgan," Davidson said.

Marold worked out with Camp Gladiator's outdoor boot camps for several years. She went on the group's mountain climbing trip and most recently won the CG games - a highly competitive fitness competition.

"It was inspiring to do things like climb mountains with her and see her accomplish so much," said Davidson.

Department of Public Safety officials say on Tuesday Marold and other cyclists headed out for a 40-mile bike ride. It ended when Marold was hit. The truck driver tried to swerve, but Marold was hit by his trailer.

"We immediately started up a prayer chain, and we actually met up at one of our trainer's houses to just pray for Morgan," Davidson said.

Marold died that evening at the hospital.

"It definitely makes you realize how fragile life is," added Davidson.

Marold worked as a substitute teacher in the Austin Independent School District and is known throughout the fitness community.

"She just was a magnet that would draw people to her. She helped a lot of people to their fitness goals, and I think she truly had an impact on other people," said Davidson.

Davidson said it's a reminder to live life to the fullest. Something, she believes, Marold did every day.


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