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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

$27,811.82

Funded: 27.81%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
142 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
152 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
167 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
117 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
124 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
97 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
68 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
114 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
249 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
343 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
265 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
179 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
152 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
152 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
142 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
142 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
142 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
142 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
142 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
142 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
142 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
142 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
107 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
128 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
56 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
165 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
143 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
148 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
167 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
23 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
7 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
176 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
152 days ago
WILLIAM SAUNDERS
$150.00
152 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
142 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
138 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
142 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
142 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
142 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
138 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
140 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
142 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
142 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
62 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
58 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
57 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
130 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
124 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
106 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
103 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
95 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
152 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
166 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
148 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
148 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
143 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
145 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
200 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
202 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
279 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
289 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
296 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
296 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
296 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
23 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
25 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
303 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
291 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
149 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
145 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
88 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
48 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
206 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
177 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
303 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
303 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
146 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
69 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
208 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
12 hours ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
6 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
5 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
8 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
110 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
112 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
148 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
149 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
154 days ago
Dr. Denise Horton
$21.90
158 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
66 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
296 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
208 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
9 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
152 days ago