Welcome to Anne Audain’s Webpages

Welcome to my Webpages. Here you can found out more about my book.


It seems so exotic these days to think that much of my childhood was spent as a barefoot waif with the run of an enchanted island in the South Seas, but at the time it was just everyday life …

So begins Anne Audain’s tale of growing up as an adopted child born with deformities of both feet. After a surgical procedure at age 13 she quickly became one of the best women distance runners in New Zealand. After years of a roller-coaster career under the tutelage of a domineering and emotionally unstable coach, she finally broke away and went on to become the most successful female professional runner of all time, signing with Nike as their first female contract athlete, winning Commonwealth gold and silver medals, setting a world record and qualifying for six Olympic Games.

In the course of her career running road races in the United States, she won the Bloomsday 12K in Spokane and the Revco 10K in Cleveland seven times each, as well as the L’eggs 10K in New York, the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta, the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg, and many others. Toward the end of her athletic career, she embarked on a search for her birth parents, an emotional and inspiring experience.

Now a naturalized American citizen, Audain is the founder and director of the Idaho Women’s Fitness Celebration, and works to promote women and children’s health and fitness.