From Bob Goodwin...
Volksmarching has been around for years, especially in Europe where it originated. Most of the walks are 5Km (3.1 miles) and 10 Km (6.2 miles) in the U.S. In Europe they can go up to the marathon level. Anyway, normally you go at your own pace and when you are finished, you get your book stamped showing you did it and when you get enough credits you get a pin, etc. However, you can just show up, book or no book and for free do the event.
Two women in Alabama have set up a club for the whole state: Capital City Wanderers Walking Club. They offer events from time-to-time in different cities in Alabama. However, 2 or 3 times a year they offer multiple events in an area. As such, the February 13-15 they have 6 events in NW Alabama.
Of particular interest is event #4 on Feb. 14th at the Jesse Owens Park and Museum and Oakville Indian Mounds Park. Each of these locations has an excellent museum and not too many in this area know about either of these places. Anyway, they are offering a guided walk at either the 10k or 5k levels. That should be very interesting. Also, you will note a difficulty level of 1+. The higher the number, the higher the difficulty. Another event that has a lot of potential is #6 on Feb. 15th at Cane Creek Preserve near Tuscumbia. What is particularly interesting on this one is that Dr, Jim Lacefield and his wife, who are the owner are giving the hikes. These hikes are rated 3+ and are given at the 11K and 5Km levels.
Get in touch with Bob if you would like more info on this event!