Chris Bailey

The Low-Down on Chris Bailey

Chris grew up in Charlotte, NC and has called Charleston home since 2008. 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. At the College of Charleston, Chris broke the 8k school record in men’s 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 boys 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 finishing graduate school in 2015, Chris shifted his focus to coaching adult runners ranging from beginners to Boston qualifiers and founded Without Limits Charleston. 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

Guilty pleasures:

listening to really terrible top 40 music and singing out loud when nobody is watching

Top songs on his playlist:

see above

Qualities he admires in his 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 are able to execute! If not, they still pushed their limits farther than before.

Favorite Events:

15k and Marathon

Defining Moment in Chris’ running career:

“Winning the 2014 Wrightsville Beach Marathon (my first marathon) in a course record time. I went into the race with no expectations due to an injury that limited my training. My training taught me to adapt to new challenges and the race taught me that I could push myself for much longer than I ever had before.”

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