“ We have always worked to create a unique singlet design for our Twilighters.  This year is extra special with a collaborative project with local runner and artist, Clay Dawson, and Celina Jorgensen Designs.  You’ll see images of runners from the past, blending with colours and design that depicts features that make Twilight Bay Run so special”


Steve Manning, Race Director

Meet Clay Dawson, our Twilight singlet artist.

Elite runner, Artist, School teacher and dad

Age: 39 (40 in November)

Occupation: High School Art and Design Teacher

Discipline: 100km and Marathon predominantly.



  • 100km = 6:54:03
  • Marathon = 2:26:54
  • Half Marathon = 1hr10
  • 10km = 31:40


  • Australian 2019 and 2021 100km Champion
  • A few Brisbane Marathon wins and podiums
  • Sunshine Coast Marathon winner and podium placegetter
  • Cairns Marathon 2019 – 2nd overall
  • Brisbane Road Runners Club Champion 2013-2019

Favourite Music:

A wide variety that ranges from Kayne West to Punk to Paul Simon to Josh Pyke.

Favourite Film/s:

I’ve always been partial to Team America, it was the first time I cried in the cinema (tears of laughter)


Not particularly, although I do get quite anxious before practically every race (even Parkruns!). I’m learning to become more ‘zen’ lately.

Favourite shoes:

The Mizuno Wave Universe 5’s were SUPER minimalist and will always hold a place in my heart – although it’s hard to not acknowledge the carbon super-shoes on the other end of the spectrum!

Favourite shoe colour:

I had a cool pair of Nike Lunar Spiders that had a cheetah print pattern. Otherwise, anything bright enough to find in the dark!

Best piece of advice you’ve been given:

‘Trust your body, it knows what to do.’ Its information our midwife gave my wife (in the months leading up to our son’s birth); but I think it transfers nicely to my thoughts on the purity in running. If you feel a niggle; stop. If you’re worried about a challenging run; trust your training and body. Another bit of advice is to ‘have fun’ – if you’re not smiling at the end of most runs, you’ve got it wrong.

Something not many people would know about you:

I’ve performed stand-up comedy for a bit a few years ago. Other than that most runners are surprised when my art pops up on my Instagram account. I graduated from the Queensland College of Art and I still love painting, designing, drawing and the act of creating in general! 


Follow me on facebook, strava or  Instagram – @clay_dawson


Purchase Clay’s collectors Twilight singlet for $39 when you register for Twilight Bay Run. Don’t miss out. Orders for singlets close strictly on September 1st at 9am.