WITHOUTLIMITS MEET OUR COACHES

Chris Bailey

The Low-Down on Chris Bailey

Like many other runners, he started running to get in shape for another sport. When he realized in high school that tennis was not his calling, Chris started running cross country and track. In high school he was a team captain, school record holder and conference champion. At the College of Charleston, Chris was a school record holder in cross country and was named an Academic All-American.

Chris got his start in coaching by assisting his college coach and mentor Brian Johnson with Academic Magnet High School’s cross country and track teams. In the two years that Chris assisted at AMHS, the team won two state team cross country titles and five individual cross country and track titles. After completing his graduate studies in 2015, Chris founded Without Limits Charleston and shifted his focus to coaching adult runners and triathletes. Chris is also an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I cross country and track & field programs at the College of Charleston.

What he coaches:

Director of the Charleston, SC Without Limits Branch and Levels 1-3 Running Groups

What are qualities you admire in your athletes?

Chris admires when his athletes are unsure about their ability to complete a prescribed workout, but they still go for it. Most times they surprise themselves and can execute the workout as intended. And if not, they still pushed their limits further than before.

What are your favorite races or events?

My favorite events as a coach and athlete are the ones that are team focused. Running and triathlon are primarily individual sports, but it adds meaning when you are representing a team.  Cross country meets, road relays like the Blue Ridge Relay, track meets, and any other event with team participation or scoring is so much more fun than a solo endeavor.

Coach Certifications

USATF Level 3 – Endurance
RRCA Level 1 Certified Coach

Accomplishments & Accolades

5000m 14:58
10000m 30:57
15k 48:59
Half Marathon 1:07:56
Marathon 2:27:29
  • Assistant Coach, College of Charleston Cross Country and Track & Field (January 2021-present)
  • Assistant Coach, Academic Magnet High School Boys Cross Country and Track (2013, 2014 State Cross Country Champions)
  • Academic All-American Division I Men’s Cross Country
  • 2014 Wrightsville Beach Marathon Champion & Course Record Holder
  • 2015 Charleston Half Marathon Champion
  • 2015 Boston Marathon – 1st South Carolina finisher & Top 100 overall
  • 2019 NYC Marathon – 16th American male & 53rd place overall