Meet Orion’s Ironman

Dimas Marchi has had demanding jobs at Orion, working as a plant manager for many years in Brazil and now serving as the senior director of global manufacturing excellence.

Despite the heavy workload, he still finds the time to be a world-class Ironman triathlete and marathoner in his age group.

How does he do it?

Almost every day, Dimas wakes up early to train between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. “On the weekends, I’ll do my long runs and bike rides,” he said.

The training is paying off.

In 2022, Dimas ran the Boston Marathon and finished in 2 hours and 53 minutes, an outstanding time on a tough course racing against the best runners in the world. He placed 117 – in the top 5% of his age group, which included 2,297 runners.

Dimas also competed in the 2022 World Championship Ironman triathlon in St. George, Utah.  After his strong performance in the race, he was ranked No. 41 in the world in his age group.

An Ironman race is one of the most challenging events in the world of sports. It starts with a 3.86-kilometer swim. Athletes then ride 180 kilometers on a bike before running a marathon – 42 kilometers.

Dimas said his demanding training regimen actually gives him extra energy for work.

“It’s mentally cleansing and destressing,” he said. “I start my work in the morning more refreshed.”