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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
359 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
369 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
384 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
80 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
51 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
161 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
334 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
341 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
314 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
285 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
331 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
466 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
560 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
165 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
482 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
396 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
369 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
369 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
359 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
359 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
359 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
359 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
359 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
359 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
359 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
359 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
172 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
195 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
168 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
182 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
134 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
240 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
224 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
212 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
202 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
199 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
78 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
75 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
82 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
100 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
89 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
324 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
346 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
273 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
382 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
360 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
366 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
384 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
393 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
156 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
369 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
369 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
359 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
355 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
359 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
359 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
359 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
355 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
357 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
359 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
359 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
279 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
276 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
274 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
347 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
341 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
323 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
320 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
312 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
369 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
384 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
365 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
365 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
360 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
362 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
417 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
419 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
496 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
506 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
513 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
513 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
513 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
154 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
168 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
167 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
162 days ago
robert light
$100.00
194 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
186 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
202 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
240 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
242 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
520 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
92 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
123 days ago
Brad johnson
$100.00
111 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
104 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
88 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
51 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
72 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
85 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
213 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
160 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
508 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
366 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
362 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
305 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
265 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
423 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
171 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
425 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
217 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
195 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
89 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
394 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
520 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
520 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
363 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
286 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
327 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
329 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
365 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
366 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
371 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
123 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
112 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
87 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
86 days ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
223 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
222 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
225 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
154 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
124 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
375 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
283 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
513 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
425 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
226 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
12 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
369 days ago