Qualified for Six Olympic Games –1972 to 1992 in every distance from 800m to marathon.
Pioneered professionalism for female track and field competitors by accepting prize money at the first professional event in 1981 which resulted in a “temporary” lifetime ban from the sport.
Set a World Record for 5000 meters, Auckland, New Zealand 1982.
Honored by Queen Elizabeth II of England with a Member of the British Empire award in1995.
Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Fame, 2008. www.runningusa.org
Inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, 2009. www.halloffame.co.nz
Founded the “ Celebration 5K” in Boise, Idaho (1993) now the largest run /walk for women and children in the USA. Website: www.celebrateall.org.
Few know that before Anne Audain was a household name in running, she was a household name in the homes of her grade school students in the Auckland School District. Anne always wanted to teach because she believed in giving children the self-esteem necessary to reach their goals and dreams. Today she relies on her running experiences and other accomplishments to teach through her motivational speaking and other activities. Her speaking engagements include those at Indiana University, Purdue University, U of Evansville, Vincennes University, Case Western University, Delta Airlines, KeyBank, Pepsi Co., Nike Concept Stores and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Born 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand, with severe bone deformities of both feet. Adopted at birth.
Did not walk correctly until re-constructive surgery at age 13. Three years later qualified for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the 1500m.
Graduated from Auckland Teachers College with honors (1975). Taught at the elementary level for 4 years before arriving in the USA to further her sporting career (March 1981).
Won more USA road races (75) than any other male or female runner in the 1980’s.
Won Gold (3000m) and Silver (10,000m) medals at the Commonwealth Games – Australia 1982, Scotland 1986.
Founded the Anne Audain Charitable Trust (1991) to support “at risk” youth in Auckland, New Zealand.
Became USA Citizen, 1995.
Launched the Anne Audain Scholarship Awards which fund college scholarships for young women balancing academics, sports, leadership and community endeavors- Idaho, 2000.
“Your presentation was appreciated by all the first ladies in attendance. You were magnificent!”
Patricia Kempthorne, Former First Lady of Idaho.
“Very few people have the ability to make students not only listen but to really hear what is being said. Anne Audain is one of those people. The students began as passive listeners and ended as engaged learners.”
Neil Saunders, Upper School Head, Evansville Day School.
“One can see why Anne Audain is on the Board of Directors for Running USA. She brings a can do get off the couch excitement to our sport. She inspires others to do better, take risks, and have fun in the process. Any community that is lucky enough to have her share her story will be richer for it."
Michael Halko, Race Director of Big Wild Life Runs, Alaska
“Having interviewed and worked with Anne many times, one would be hard pressed to find a more inspiring and hard working individual. She has committed herself to a life of leadership and excellence.”
Hal Rothman, Producer of Running and Racing on ESPN.
“Anne Audain possesses a natural ability to communicate and relate to people of all backgrounds, income levels and cultures.”
Sergeant First Class, John Murphy, USA Army National Guard and Director for the Guard’s National Marathon Program.
“Several individuals, primarily students, have told me that Anne Audain was one of the finest motivational speakers they have heard.”
Pauline King, Superintendent of the Payette School District, Idaho.
“Any entity concerned with promoting and/ or enriching a fitness lifestyle or event could do no better than have Anne Audain serve as it’s representative or spokesperson.”
Patrick Shoulders, Director of the River Run, Evansville IN. Currently a Member of the IU Board of Trustees.
“On behalf of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), I want to thank you for speaking at our State Conference. Everyone was really impressed and said you were the best speaker we’ve ever had at our conference.”
Jan Winner, Area Captain, Idaho.
“I’ve heard nothing but “ wows” from our student athletes and coaches. You are an inspiration to us all.”
Sarah Solinsky, Senior Woman Administrator, University of Evansville, IN.
“Your presentation was both inspirational and motivational and certainly contributed to the health and well-being of all the participants at the annual conference.”
Katherine Wilbur, Health Director of the Maine Department of Education.
“I can surely testify to Anne’s personal power to effect positive changes in anyone who meets her and listens to her speak.”
Drew Mearns, Theology Teacher and Cross-Country Coach at the Walsingham Academy, Virginia.
“I want to thank you personally for all the various speeches you gave to clubs, corporations and schools. It was a pleasure to hear your inspiring words.”
Brenda Berger, Program Director of the Women’s Heart Advantage, St Luke’s Hospital, Idaho.
“No words can express how much I appreciate your thought provoking and inspirational message both to the girls and adults present.”
Deborah Wagner, Director of the Girl Scouts of Southern Indiana.
“The staff enjoyed you immensely and are already asking when you can return. I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect speaker and message to encourage and inspire.”
Martha Brown, Executive Director at Evansville, IN Community Health Care.
“I had the opportunity to see Anne in 5 very different settings with 5 different audiences and I was amazed at how she delivered a personal message to each.”
Wallace Wilson MSPT, Med., Providence Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy, Anchorage Alaska.
“I have been to countless assemblies over countless years and have had to stifle my own yawns as I discipline restless children. I was tickled to sit back and enjoy Anne’s presentation as an audience member. Our children took Anne and her message to heart.”
Holly Rinehart, 3rd grade teacher.