Ryan Hall will run the New York City Marathon this fall, returning to the site of his dominant victory in the 2007 Olympic trials.
The Nov. 1 race will be run on a different course from the one where he set the U.S. Olympic trials record.
"It's just one of those places when you go there and get off the plane you just feel excited and feel like good things are going to happen," Hall said during a conference call Thursday.
The 26-year-old Californian became the second-fastest American marathoner when he finished fifth in London last year. Now he's looking to turn that promise into a major marathon victory.
Hall was disappointed with his 10th-place finish at the Beijing Olympics. He was third at this year's Boston Marathon.
This will be Hall's first NYC Marathon. He will also run the NYC Half-Marathon on Aug. 16.
When he was looking to make the switch to the longer distance, Hall rode in the lead vehicle at the 2006 race.
"It's a marathon that kind of caught my heart first and really turned me into a marathoner," he said.
At the Olympic trials two years ago, Hall's elation didn't last long. Minutes after his victory, he learned that former training partner Ryan Shay had collapsed and died during the race.