A Hungarian man has begun a quest to run the equivalent of 50 marathons in 50 days en route to the 2012 Olympics in London next month.

Norman Varga is a 25-year-old former cage fighter who had his left arm reattached after being pushed under a tram at 16, according to The Associated Press.

He will run about 1,300 miles from Budapest to London in an effort to draw attention to the importance of supporting young people. His journey will take him through Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands -- hopefully in time for the Olympics opening ceremony in London on July 27, Agence France Presse reported.

"I run to promote endurance and strong will," Varga told AFP on the second day of his odyssey, which began Saturday. "I want to be a role model through the things I do in my life."

Varga runs a foundation dedicated to helping youth develop a healthy lifestyle and support their goals in education, science and art, according to the AP.