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Posted: April 9, 2014

You can be (a little bit) Epic: Join the Epic Man ride from Portland to Portsmouth

If you haven’t yet heard of The Epic Man – in these parts that would be Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury – you probably haven’t kayaked, cycled or run a marathon.

If you have done those things, you’ve probably been sane enough to do them on separate occasions. Or weeks. Or months.

Not so with these Epic Men, who April 20 will embark on their sixth annual adventure to kayak (2.5 miles across Casco bay), bike (157 miles from Portland to Boston) and then run the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon.

This Portland Press Herald file photo shows Seth Bradbury, left, and Will Thomas before their first Epic Man adventure.

Their epic outings began in 2009 when they set sail from Peaks Island and, 24 hours later (with no sleep) reached the finish line of the marathon. The following year others went along for the paddle, pedal, run.

You can do (part of) it!

This year Thomas and Bradbury are inviting cyclers to join in on the bike leg of the journey. They’ll be heading off from Flatbread in Portland around 1 p.m. and expect to arrive in Portsmouth around 6:30. The ride is about 60 miles and tech support will be along. Bring water and snacks. Get all the details: EpicMan 2014 – Portland to Portsmouth – On Ya Bike!

This leg of EpicMan supports Team Trevor – a local family raising money for CF research. Donations are welcome but not mandatory.

For more info check out The Epic Man on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwaysbeepic

Epic Man posted this on its Facebook page: Here we go again! We are pumped to have made it into the official Boston Marathon prep guide for our 6th year of the Maine to Boylston Epic Man team adventure.

If you’re looking for even more ways to get a little epic in you, check out what Thomas does for his day job: He’s the founder of Tri-Maine Productions, which runs several triathlons, duathlons and other races around the state and New England.

The Polar Bear Tri is the first in this year’s triathlon series and will be contested on May 3 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

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