Three former town justices ran the Dutchess Classic half-marathon together earlier this fall.

Justices Jeff Cohen, Marc Oxman and Mark Dillon crossed the finish line of Hudson River on the Rail Trail on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Cohen and Dillon currently serve together as justices of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in Brooklyn.

Oxman’s firm serves as legal counsel for Yorktown.

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Cohen, who said that this was his first half-marathon, wanted to see if he could actually do it.

“It was a challenge to myself. I wanted to see if I could, I’m 71 years old and it was the first race I ever ran,” Cohen said.

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles; a full marathon is 26.2 miles in distance.

“I’ve been friends with Mark and Jeffery for many many years and I’ve been encouraging Jeffery to start running forever. Only recently has he taken my advice,” Oxman said. “This was his first half-marathon, so he deserves all the credit.”

Oxman, who has run 20 full marathons and the New York City Marathon 10 times, said he is starting to slow down a bit. 

“I would like to run another marathon, I’m 76, so I would like to run a marathon for my 80th birthday,” Oxman said.

The race began and ended at Dutchess Community College, where Cohen, Oxman and Dillon crossed the finish line. Cohen crossed with his daughter, Aviah Cohen-Pierson, who ran for Yorktown town justice in 2017. He said running with his daughter was one of the highlights of his life.