Hungarian native and former cage fighter Norman Varga kicked off a quest today many of us couldn’t even fathom trying to complete: running 50 marathons in 50 days.
Varga will finish his quest by arriving in London on the 50th day just in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games. A former cage fighter who suffered a serious arm injury as a child, Varga runs a foundation in Hungary which encourages young people to pursue an active lifestyle, a quality education, and careers in the arts and sciences.
Varga will cover over 1,400 miles during the 50-day journey which began today in Budapest, Hungary and will finish in London.
It’s impressive when a person puts in the training to run one marathon, much less 50 on consecutive days. The physical shape Norman Varga must be in to even test his fate through this type of physicality is amazing.
Varga’s quest brings to mind the story of Micah True, a so-called “ultra-marathoner” who spent a good part of his life running extreme marathons which covered as many as 100 miles in a few days time.
With suggestions in the press recently, that extreme physical activity like marathon running could in fact have an adverse effect on a person’s overall physical health, Varga’s quest could been seen as a calculated risk.
There’s undoubtedly some risk in what Varga is doing, but I’m sure he has his bases covered and will have folks watching him closely should he not be able to finish. This will be an interesting story to watch as the next few months unfold and the former cage fighter makes his way across Europe.
I, for one, look forward to seeing him arrive in London and reach his goal of spreading awareness for the future of young people who always need a new advocate.