Just got in through the lottery system!
The selection process is that, because of the large demand for this race, there is a lottery system that selects the participants. There's also the guaranteed admission process through certain qualifications which I didn't meet of course, so I had to apply through the lottery and hope to get selected. More than fifty percent of the participants each year do it through the lottery. Read somewhere recently that the odds are very low, with only 10-15% of lottery applicants getting selected each year. Was extremely lucky to get in at my first attempt! some people apply year after year and never get in.
Now the longest I've ever ran is 15 miles so I have a lot of practice ahead of me but I have 8 months to prepare. Will probably have to get a personal trainer too at some point but it's pricey.
Any runners around here? has someone done a marathon before and if so any advice?