Bobby Briggs, like many race walkers, started as a runner. He ran a 29:50 10K and a 2:25 marathon. After getting frustrated by constant running injuries, Briggs heard about race walking when his wife Tracey (also became a race walker) wrote an article about race walking for USA Today.
Briggs became involved with the Potomac Valley Track Club and quickly rose through the ranks of America's elite race walkers. His short, five year career, culminated in qualifying for both the 20K and 50K 1992 Olympic Trails. Briggs also won the 1991 Olympic Festival 50K, walking his PR in 4:19:24.
In later years, Briggs gave back to the sport by directing the very race that gave him his start, the National Invitational in Washington, D.C. Now retired from competitive walking, he runs 35-40 miles a week and takes care of his two beautiful daughters Wendy and Jody. Since race walkers can't retire on their winnings, Briggs runs In House Printing, a screen printing business.