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Title Oral History of Russ Kiernan
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Tenacious and fearless runner, Dipsea Race winner, and teacher Paul Russell ("Russ") Kiernan was born in Oakland on January 8th, 1938. Russ attended several San Francisco schools as a child, and pursued his higher education at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University. Immediately following graduation, he began work as an elementary school teacher, ultimately spending most of his career at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in San Francisco's Sunset District. Russ and his wife Marilyn moved to Mill Valley in 1967. Russ took up running in his late 20s, ran his first Dipsea Race in 1969 and won his first Dipsea championship in 1998. In the interview, he describes many aspects of the local running community, including early Bay to Breakers races, the Dolphin South End Runners Club, local trails and prominent local runners, as well as some surprising and audacious personal running experiences. Russ also touches on stories about his family and life as a teenager in San Francisco in the 1950s, and imparts some running wisdom.
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Dates of Creation 2013-12-17

Narrator's name Kiernan, Russ
Interviewer Petersen, Michelle
Extent and Medium Transcript: 34pp
Recording: 01:55:04
Search Terms Andrews, Donna
Bartel, Al
Beale, Pax
Boitano, Mary Etta
Burns, Jamie
Canon, Todd
Carcione, Anita
Chafe, Don
Dickerson, Bill
Dipsea Race
Dolphin South End Runners
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Gallagher, Mike
Hanley, Gertrude Marie
Hoey, Paul
Kiernan, Don
Kiernan, Jack
Kiernan, John Jospeh
Kiernan, Marie
Kiernan, Marilyn
Kirk, Jack
Marathon running
Matson, Shirley
O'Shea, Pat
Peterson, Elaine
Roper, Bob
Runners
Running
Ryan, Joe
Salabger, Lou
San Francisco
Schultz, Melody
Spitz, Barry
Tamalpa Club Run Series
Teachers
Teaching
Trott, Susan
Object ID 2016.076.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2013. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.