"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.
First day of High School after having reconstructive surgery on both feet
Cross Country Race in Auckland, NZ
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. www.runningusa.org
- Inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, 2009. www.halloffame.co.nz
- Inducted into the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame, 2014.
- Founded the Idaho Women's Celebration 5K (1993) which now has evolved into www.FitOneBoise.org
1976 New Zealand
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