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The RTK Challenge


Bruce "RTK" Matson

Bruce Matson (Trail Name, “RTK”) has had a nearly life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Now, at 60 years old he has carved out the time and opportunity to attempt what is known as a “thru-hike” of the entire 2,190.9 miles of the AT from Georgia to Maine.  In appreciation for the blessings in his life, RTK has a strong desire to “give back.”  Thus, he decided to use his thru-hike to help raise money for the Trail itself – to help millions after him have the same opportunity to enjoy the AT.  Bruce, or RTK, has established a campaign to seek donations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the A.T.   Bruce calls this campaign the “RTK AT Challenge” because he is also attempting to set a fundraising record.

Bruce’s Trail Name – “RTK” – comes from both the name of his website and the theme of his thru-hike: “Returning To Katahdin.”  After having been born and raised in the “North” (Connecticut) and after having learned to love the outdoors from hiking, backpacking and canoeing in New England (including two summers of guiding canoe trips in the North Maine Woods and climbing Mt. Katahdin), Bruce moved to the “South” (Virginia) for college and law school, met his wife Cheryl, and stayed to began a career and a family – and by his own words, has had a wonderful life.  In returning to Katahdin by way of the longest footpath in the world, Bruce will be reflecting upon that life as he retraces his earlier journey from North to South, from Connecticut to Virginia.  

Bruce will be matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $100,000.


Follow Bruce on his journey!

Total Raised

$35,956.96

Funded: 35.96%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
448 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
458 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
473 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
169 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
140 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
250 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
423 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
430 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
403 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
374 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
420 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
555 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
649 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
254 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
571 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
485 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
458 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
458 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
448 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
448 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
448 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
448 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
448 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
448 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
448 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
448 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
260 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
283 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
257 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
271 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
222 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
329 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
312 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
301 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
290 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
288 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
167 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
164 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
171 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
189 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
178 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
413 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
434 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
362 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
471 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
449 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
454 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
472 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
481 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
245 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
458 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
458 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
448 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
444 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
448 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
448 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
448 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
444 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
446 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
448 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
448 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
368 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
364 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
363 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
436 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
430 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
412 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
409 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
401 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
458 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
472 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
454 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
454 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
449 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
451 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
506 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
508 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
585 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
595 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
602 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
602 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
602 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
243 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
257 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
256 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
251 days ago
robert light
$100.00
283 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
275 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
291 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
329 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
331 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
609 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
180 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
212 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
200 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
192 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
176 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
140 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
161 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
174 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
302 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
249 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
597 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
455 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
451 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
394 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
354 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
512 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
260 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
513 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
306 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
284 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
178 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
483 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
608 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
609 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
452 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
375 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
416 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
418 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
454 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
455 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
460 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
212 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
200 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
176 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
175 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
312 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
311 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
314 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
243 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
213 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
464 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
372 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
602 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
513 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
315 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
101 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
458 days ago