Karl Marshall

Athlete, Pre 1970


A long-time Riverside resident Karl Marshall who has been committed to being physically for all of his 89 years. He won his first bodybuilding contest at age 14 and competed successfully for many years in the amateur ranks of football, baseball and was 44-3 as a middleweight boxer.

Karl Marshall
  • Biography

    A long-time Riverside resident Karl Marshall who has been committed to being physically for all of his 89 years. He won his first bodybuilding contest at age 14 and competed successfully for many years in the amateur ranks of football, baseball and was 44-3 as a middleweight boxer.

    In time, his devotion to working with weights helped him win the Mr. Ohio bodybuilding title, followed by weightlifting championships in Spain, France and Germany. The need to work and a serious industrial accident curtailed his activities for 14 years. By age 50 in 1978, Karl returned to bodybuilding and since then has made a dramatic impact on the competitive sport for nearly the last four decades. To date, Karl has won the following titles: Over 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 National Physique Committee (NPC) Nationals; the Over 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 Mr. U.S.A. and Mr. America Championships; the Over 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 Mr. Universe titles; and nearly two dozen Gold medals in the Senior Olympics. These are all “natural” competitions where there is no use of drugs or enhancements allowed and this is a great source of pride for Karl. Remarkably, he had won his age category for 29 years in a row against top notch competition from all over the United States.

    Karl is a mentally strong world-class athlete who has a goal to be 100 years of age and be able to perform to his maximum potential on stage.

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8 Comments

  • Cherie Curzon
    May 1, 2018 Reply

    Your bio of him reads “ has been committed to being physically for all of his 89 years...” Do you mean “physically fit for all his 89 years”?

  • Nathaniel j Marshall
    June 10, 2018 Reply

    I just want to say iam so proud of my father and all he have done in his life. And taking care of us love you dad way to go you keep me going every day

  • Sheryll LaVonne
    July 10, 2018 Reply

    Mr Marshall i remember you well you used to jog every day around Bobby Bonds park. You were always so nice to us kids! I just drove by Bobby Bonds and thought about you. Sheryll LaVonne

  • Nathaniel j Marshall
    December 16, 2018 Reply

    You like to know more about my dad here my number 918 344 2257

    • Denise
      April 1, 2019 Reply

      Good evening Mr. Marshall. I actually met your father back when my husband was competing in 2003. Your father drew my husband a color pencil drawing of "The Kingdom". Very nice man your father. May God Bless you and your family

    • James Floyd
      February 29, 2020 Reply

      I grew up knowing your father. He was friends with my parents. Jim and Margaret Floyd. Feel free to call me 208 819-6206.

  • Sandy arnott
    December 9, 2019 Reply

    Karl my ol friend i sometimes drive by your ol place and always imagine you there all those years. All the mornings riding your bike 9 miles to go work out. You have ben an inspiration for 50 years to me tho i bow at your athletic accomplishments remembering over 40 competition or you winning over 40 over 50 over 60 and the grand title of best of 5he 3 winners at 60 it isyour Art that astounds me the most love your friend sandy

  • Bobbie Jean Cross
    February 13, 2020 Reply

    Hey u how u doing 7029804090

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