Dr. Matthew Davidson

Dr. Matthew Davidson with Mehringer Chriopractic, 1809 Heritage Hills Center Dr., Washington, competed in the Ironman World Championship held Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The race features a 2.4-mile roughwater swim, 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon.

Dr. Davison finished the 140.6-mile triathlon in 10:25:35, placing 973rd out of 2,384 participants.

“I remember, as a 7-year-old, feeling challenged and inspired while watching the Ironman race in Kona on television,” said Davidson. “At 28, I decided to take action and I began my journey to the Ironman World Championship.”

Over the last 15 years, he has competed in 10 Ironman and 15 Half-Ironman distance triathlons and countless other triathlons, cycling and running races.

“As with each and every day, each race is a chance to learn about training, racing, and of course what is inside your body and mind,” said Dr. Davidson.

The Ironman began on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1978 as a competition between friends of who was the better athlete — a swimmer, cyclist, or runner, and consisted of the 2.4-mile Waikiki roughwater swim, 112 miles of the around-Oahu bike race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu marathon. These were then put into one event to be completed back to back to back, on the same day, with the winner being declared the “Ironman.”

Since that day, the sport and event has evolved into hundreds of races around the globe, with the top triathletes in the world competing on the Island of Hawaii “Big Island” each October for the Ironman World Championship.

“I’m often asked why would you want to swim, cycle, and run for 140.6 miles?” said Dr. Davidson. “The answer is always: I strive as a father to teach my children to set goals, do the work necessary to reach them, and not to settle for the easy way out. I try to be an example to my patients, family and friends. I want to inspire others by being an example of what dedication, a good work ethic, setting goals, and not settling for what others think of you or your dreams.”