Updated 12 March 2015

Jimmy Nevis reveals his physical highlight of the year

"Even though I am terrified, I am very excited to push myself and my body to its full potential", says musician Jimmy Nevis as he prepares for his first Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon.


Cape Town singer, songwriter and producer Jimmy Nevis will line up with some 16 000 other runners to participate in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon on Saturday, 4 April 2015.

It will be the first Half Marathon for the artist, known for his catchy songs and radio hits like Heartboxing and Elephant Shoes.

Nevis’s participation is the culmination of hard work and making lifestyle changes in the past 12 months.  “I was the kid who wasn't really good at sport, who hated mandatory cross country races and who didn't really believe in himself.

“Over the past year, all this changed. I am now obsessed with hiking and any outdoor activity, I enjoy taking part in summer sports and running has become a challenge that is more than just a hobby these days.”

By the end of 2014, he had lost 17kg and started running 3km for fun, followed by completing his first 10km race in the beginning of 2015. This resulted in Nevis training harder and pushing himself to go further.

“For me the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon needs no introduction. You immediately associate it with guts, fitness and stamina. I will run my first Half Marathon on 4 April, and even though I am terrified, I am also very excited to push myself and my body to its full potential. This will be the physical highlight of my year and I plan to make it spectacular.”

In addition to making his Half Marathon debut, Nevis will also be one of the guest speakers at the #OMTOMInspiration Theatre at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Wednesday, 1 April 2015.

#OMTOMInspiration is a programme running at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo between 1 and 3 April 2015, where running legends, elite runners, celebrities, dieticians, sport psychologists and podiatrists will take to the stage for a series of interviews and panel discussions. This free programme is co-hosted by the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, Runner’s World and

Yentl Barros, from Health24 will also be doing the 21km Two Oceans Marathon for the first time this year. Follow her journey as she trains for the race: week 0; Week 1; Week 2; week 3; week 4

For more information, visit  Runners can also join the online conversation on, @2OceansMarathon on Twitter and Instagram (and by following and using the #OMTOM2015 or #OMTOMInspiration hashtags).

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