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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
647 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
657 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
672 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
368 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
339 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
449 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
622 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
629 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
602 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
573 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
619 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
754 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
848 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
453 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
770 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
684 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
657 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
657 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
647 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
647 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
647 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
647 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
647 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
647 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
647 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
647 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
460 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
483 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
456 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
470 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
422 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
528 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
512 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
500 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
490 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
487 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
366 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
363 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
370 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
388 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
377 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
612 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
633 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
561 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
670 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
648 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
653 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
672 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
681 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
444 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
657 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
657 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
647 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
643 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
647 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
647 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
647 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
643 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
645 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
647 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
647 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
567 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
563 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
562 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
635 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
629 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
611 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
608 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
600 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
657 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
671 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
653 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
653 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
648 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
650 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
705 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
707 days ago
Ronald Tipton
$100.00
784 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
794 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
801 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
801 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
801 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
442 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
456 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
455 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
450 days ago
robert light
$100.00
482 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
474 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
490 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
528 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
530 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
808 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
380 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
411 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
399 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
391 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
376 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
339 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
360 days ago
John C. Mcdowell
$50.00
373 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
501 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
448 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
796 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
654 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
650 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
593 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
553 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
711 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
459 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
713 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
505 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
483 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
377 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
682 days ago
James Schenken
$25.00
808 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
808 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
651 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
574 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
615 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
617 days ago
Robert Glenn
$21.91
653 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
654 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
659 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
411 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
399 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
375 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
374 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
511 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
510 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
513 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
442 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
412 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
663 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
571 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
801 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
713 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
514 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
300 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
657 days ago