Ryan Hall commits to marathon

Olympians Ryan Hall of the United States and Kim Smith of New Zealand have confirmed that they will run in the ING New York Marathon in November, race officials announced Wednesday.

Hall, who finished 10th in the 2008 Olympic marathon in Beijing and who qualified for the 2012 U.S. team in January, is running in New York for the second time. He was fourth in 2009 with a time of 2:10:36. He won the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials in New York, and ran the fastest-ever time for an American man in the 2011 Boston Marathon, finishing fourth in 2:04:58.

Smith, who now lives in Providence, R.I., will run in New York for the fourth time. She was fifth in the 2010 and 2011 races and won the 2001 Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon.

The New York Road Runners organization expects more than 140,000 applications for 47,500 spots in the race, which were announced on Wednesday at the end of a half-hour TV show celebrating the Opening Day festivities.