Our message: ‘Always Be Epic’ stands on the belief that life is way more fun & rewarding when you work hard to be who you want to be and when you surround yourself with inspirational people. We (and the members of our community) have a burning desire to create epic adventures and accomplish goals on our own terms – where the true reward is having a great story to tell. We have recognized that the most remarkable thing about inspiration is that it is endless, as long as it is shared.
What is the Epic Man?
“The Epic Man” gives a select group of people the chance to push their physical limits through a one-of-a-kind adventure, while inspiring others to create their own adventures. Epic Man started as a team taking a journey from Peaks Island in Maine, ending at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Five years later, it has now become a platform for others to create their own ‘Epic’ adventure. Something on their own terms, and ultimately something that ignites that ‘Epic Spirit’ within them. A story for them to tell, and their own stage to inspire others.
Who is “The Epic Man”?
The Epic Man strives to realize potential, but at the same time sees no limits.
The Epic Man creates his own challenges.
The Epic Man accepts the challenges, and works hard to complete them.
The Epic Man does not consider the finish line to be the end, rather the start of the next adventure.
The Epic Man is humble.
The Epic Man knows how to have fun, and does not take himself too seriously.
The Epic Man will always be inspired.
The Epic Man cares about living to the fullest, which leads to healthy mind and body.
The Epic Man takes inspiration and turns it into action.
Recent Epic Man Adventures:
“You won’t do it.” Those were the fateful words that, in 2009, sparked the unlikely adventure of two friends (Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury), traveling by kayak (2.5 miles), bike (157 miles overnight), and foot (26.2 miles) from an island in Maine to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in 24 hours…on no sleep. In 2010, dozens of other participants took on parts of the challenge and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities. To top the 2009 challenge, the Epic Man 2010 was extended to include another kayak immediately following the Boston marathon across the Boston harbor, a cross-country flight to San Fran, a sailing race, a skydive, and another marathon– all within a week.
After the 2010 Epic Man adventure, Seth and Will used a majority of the funds raised to grant an “Epic Wish” to Josh Kennison, a young man in Maine born without arms or legs that dreamed of riding a bike. Josh worked with a specialist to create a custom fit bike and used it complete his own version of “Epic Man”, riding 70 miles from his home in Paris, Maine to Camp No Limits (a camp for children with limb loss, where Josh is a head counselor) to inspire campers and show them that anything is possible.
We have been fortunate to build encouragement & support for The Epic Man and the ‘Always be Epic’ message over the last 4 years which has come in many forms from many individuals and organizations. In 2009 when we started ‘The Epic Man’ – it was really just to see if we could do it – but the result was much more. We saw people inspired. We saw people creating and sharing their own ‘Epic Man’ stories (journeys, and goals that were ‘Epic’ to them). After 2010 and 2011, we have seen a small community come together around the mantra that you should strive to ‘Always Be Epic’ – whatever that may mean to you.
Always be Epic…. in everyday life, in health and fitness, with family & friends, and ultimately in your overall spirit and drive.
In 2011 the team grew to 9. In 2012, the team grew to 15 and Seth and Will then continued the journey to Greece immediately after the marathon to run another marathon…re-tracing ‘the original’ Marathon Greece, to Athens Greece path.
In 2013, twenty something individuals will be showcasing their epic goals and stories behind what ‘Always Be Epic’ means to them yet again. We will also challenge the community as a whole to complete an epic adventure. On April 14 – as we push off around 11AM from Peaks Island – we will to invite people from all over the world to ‘push off’ with us. As we go, so do they – on their own Epic adventure. The result will be a handful of stories from all over that inspire the community as a whole. Our team will lead a celebration of the Epic spirit and provide a platform for the community to ignite new adventures and celebrate those living life to the fullest. There are no rules, it just needs to be an epic adventure.
Many thanks to all for your continued encouragement and support.