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.