When you enter, I think you'll have to put your best time/predicted time, and when you get your number, it should tell you what starting pen you are in, based on that.
The idea is that the quicker runners will be in a pen towards the front, and each pen behind should be runners who are possibly slower than the pen in front, and so on, so you should be running with participants of a similar standard.
The run is quite busy on the first half, as it has the half marathon runners in as well, but in the second half there is plenty of room.
My wife is doing the full, and its her first too, and I think its good course for a first one as the 2nd half is also pretty flat, (apart from a cheeky incline at 23m !!) the scenery from mile 18 ain't bad and you can focus on the sea/sights, and at about mile 24 you can see the cathedral in the distance, and this picks you up as you know the finish is in sight.
I think this is a decent, fast course. I did the full, the wife did the half. First half is a bit'up and down', but on the 2nd half of the marathon, its pretty flat, and there is some run to run in - unlike some big marathons - so its a good marathon if you want to improve on a time.
Last year we booked a room for the week (Thursday to Thursday) for about £150 off laterooms and we did our flights seperately - £190 for the 2 of us return on Easy Jet.
We stopped at a little place just outside Palma called Portals Nous - the room was cheap, but the cost of living was quite high here, not like the more popular resorts where prices are competitive, and was very much a 'German orientated' resort.
Bit of a role reversal this year - I'm doing the half, and the wife is doing the full. We are putting our package together ourselves as it seems a bit cheaper than the organised packages.
last year we had to go to the 'Race Village' in front of the Cathedral to collect our race numbers, t-shirts and timing chips. The village was open on the Friday and Saturday. Don't know whether it was open the morning of the race, but seeing as the race started at 9am. I don't think it was.
It might be worth emailing the organisers to see if they can tell you more.