The Low-Down on Chris Bailey
Chris grew up in Charlotte, NC and has called Charleston home for over 12 years. 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, Chris shifted his focus to coaching adult runners ranging from beginners to Boston qualifiers.
What he coaches:
Director of the Charleston, SC Without Limits Branch and Levels 1-3 Running Groups
listening to really terrible top 40 music and singing out loud when nobody is watching
Top songs on his playlist:
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.
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.”