Kay Horn, an assistant coach, front left, leads the Art of Fitness walking group in this file photo from May 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

I learned last May when I dropped in on a training session with the Austin Fit Walking Program that it’s not always about speed. (Read my story here.)

Some folks prefer to walk for fitness. It offers many of the same benefits, and for many, it’s more inviting and less intimidating. Plus, it’s a great way to socialize.

The Austin Fit Walking Program will celebrate its 20th season this year. A party is set for Saturday. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Fit Walking Program will celebrate 20 years and kick off its upcoming training programs with a party at 10 a.m. Saturday at the South Austin Food Trailer Eatery, 1311 South First Street.

The organization will offer three training programs starting in January:

Spring Traditional Half Marathon Training Program: This 17-week program helps participants prepare for a 13.1-mile half marathon. Members get a medal and shirt. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 9 at the Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard. Cost is $120.The Art of Fitness: This eight-week interval-based beginner program is comprised of a small group of fitness walkers focused on improving their walking pace. Meets at 6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 12. Multiple locations are offered – the Austin Emergency Center at 3563 Far West Boulevard, or the Austin Emergency Center at 13435 U.S. Highway 183. Cost is $60.Outpost Elgin: This 10-week training program for beginners leads up to the Super Hero Race. Meets at 7 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Veteran Park, 109 Depot Street. Cost is $75.

For more information, or to register online, go here.