First professional female distance runner

Anne Audain was born in New Zealand, adopted as an infant and suffered through her younger years with bone deformities in both her feet. After successful reconstructive bone surgery at age 13, she joined a local athletic club and a running star was born! Through her career Anne set records and pioneered professional running for women. She has since been inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, the USA Running Hall of Fame, and honored with a Member of the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II of England for her contributions to her sport worldwide. 

New Zealand Sports
Hall of Fame

Nike World Headquarters
Walk of Fame

Running Her Way

Anne's documentary is an inspiring story of a young girl's struggle to overcome adversity to become a champion athlete and a pioneer in women's sport.

1981 Cascade Run Off

The race that changed Anne's life.

1982 Cascade Run Off

Repeated the win.

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Malcolm Diamond Boise State University Professor, British Native

Anne's story will inspire, encourage and convince a lot of people to reevaluate exactly what is possible in their own lives. This story is a marvelous example to us all, in all walks of life, that the seemingly impossible is in fact achievable. You just have to have vision, determination and downright stubbornness to push yourself past the obvious mental and physical obstacles. This is a wonderful story of a truly wonderful and gracious woman who broke down barriers for all female athletes today.


Anne Audain's biography, Uncommon Heart, is a fascinating, inspiring story for all readers but especially for women, students, and athletes.

Autographed copies of the book are available for purchase. Contact Anne for details on how to order.

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