"The Winningest Road Racer in History"


Adopted at birth, Anne overcame reconstructive surgery on both feet as a teenager and left home to become a champion athlete and a pioneer in women's sports.

Age 13
First day of High School after having reconstructive surgery on both feet 

Age 15
Cross Country Race in Auckland, NZ

Age 20
Elementary school teacher


  • 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 in 1995.
  • Inducted into the Running USA Hall of Fame, 2008.
  • Inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, 2009.
  • Inducted into the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame, 2014. 
  • Founded the Idaho Women's Celebration 5K (1993) which now has evolved into

1976 New Zealand
1500m Championships

Denver, CO. USA

Cleveland 10K, USA


  • 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.

Bellin 10K, GreenBay, WI 

NYC Womens 10K

Cherry Blossom 10 mile, Washington DC

Adopted Family

Birth Family