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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
386 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
396 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
411 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
106 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
77 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
187 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
361 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
367 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
341 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
311 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
357 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
492 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
587 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
191 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
508 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
423 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
395 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
395 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
386 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
386 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
386 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
386 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
386 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
386 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
386 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
386 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
198 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
221 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
194 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
208 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
160 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
267 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
250 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
239 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
228 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
225 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
104 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
101 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
108 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
127 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
115 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
350 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
372 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
299 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
408 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
387 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
392 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
410 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
419 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
182 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
395 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
395 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
386 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
381 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
386 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
386 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
386 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
382 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
384 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
386 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
386 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
305 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
302 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
300 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
373 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
368 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
350 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
347 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
338 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
395 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
410 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
391 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
392 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
387 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
388 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
444 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
446 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
522 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
533 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
539 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
539 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
539 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
180 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
194 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
193 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
188 days ago
robert light
$100.00
220 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
213 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
228 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
266 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
268 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
546 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
118 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
150 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
137 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
130 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
114 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
77 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
98 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
112 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
239 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
186 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
534 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
393 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
388 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
332 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
291 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
449 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
198 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
451 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
244 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
221 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
115 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
420 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
546 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
546 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
389 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
313 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
353 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
356 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
391 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
392 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
397 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
150 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
138 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
113 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
113 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
249 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
248 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
252 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
181 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
151 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
401 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
310 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
539 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
451 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
253 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
38 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
395 days ago