New Zealand Track And Field Olympian, Anne Audain Builds Legacy At Spokane’s Bloomsday

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New Zealand Track And Field Olympian, Anne Audain, Builds Legacy At Spokane’s Bloomsday

By Ryan Meza 

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 05:15 PM PDT 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Anne Audain, first female professional distance runner, and seven-time Bloomsday champion, has released a documentary outlining her life’s struggles and how she overcame them.

Born in 1955, Audain was the first professional female distance runner to represent New Zealand.

According to Audain’s website, she was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the U.S.A. Running Hall of Fame. She was also honored with the Member of the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II.

Though Audain faced adversity while chasing her dreams, her story played in a key role in breaking down many barriers and stereotypes for modern-day female athletes.

The documentary, Running her way, talks about some of the struggles she faced.

In her documentary, Audain talks about suffering bone deformities in both of her feet as a child, causing her to not walk correctly. When she was 13 years old, she had successful reconstructive bone surgery. The surgery was what she needed to help her career take off, and she joined a local athletic club not long after.

Audain made a name for herself by winning her first race while running barefoot.

It was in 1981 when Audain left her mark on Spokane, however, winning her first of seven Bloomsday races.

She kept her winning streak going through 1983 before the Olympics in 1984.

She returned to Bloomsday in 1985 to keep her legacy alive by taking home the prize and again in 1986, where she set her personal best and course record time at 38:48, a time that wasn’t beaten for nine years.

Audain won Bloomsday two more times in 1988 and 1990, leaving her mark not only on Spokane and Bloomsday but as a female runner.

In 1993, Anne founded the Idaho Women’s Celebration 5K which has now become www.FitOneBoise.orgIt was just held on September 28 and was an urge success.

To learn more about Audain, you can watch her documentary, Anne Audain: Running Her Way.

FOOTNOTE: THE ASSOCIATION OF ROAD RACING STATISTICIANS REPORTED THAT FORMER OLYMPIAN ANNE AUDAIN POSTED 70 CAREER WINS.   THIS FIGURE DOESN’T INCLUDE HER CAREER PRIZE MONEY OF WELL $200,000.  SHE ALSO RECEIVED UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION FOR CORPORATION SPONSORSHIP, PRODUCT ENDORSEMENTS, SEMINARS, AND PRIVATE DISTANCE RUNNING SKILL SESSIONS.

 

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