IT’S all systems go for the 88th running of the Comrades Marathon next year. This is an up run, on Sunday June 2. As an incentive to encourage athletes to enter early, the CMA has implemented the “early bird” scheme, offering a fee of R300 for those entering before September 30. From October 1, the fee increases to R320 until closure. Runners from the rest of Africa pay R500 and overseas entrants lay out $180 (about R1 500).