Run Beyond Borders- HELP Rebuild Middletown CA #Valley Fires

For: RBB- Middletown CA Funding Raising
Organizer: Lexton Moy and Cooper Browning
Run Beyond Borders- HELP Rebuild Middletown CA #Valley Fires (RBB- Middletown CA Funding Raising)
$3,538
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 23 donors
70% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On September 12th raging fires stormed over Cobb Mountain in Northern California, forcing people and animals to flee. The flames engulfed everything in its path so quickly, many barely escaped before the evacuation was mandated. What was named #Valleyfire consumed over 70,000 acres of land leveling over 500 homes and buildings. It is estimated that 13,000 people are displaced, gathering at various shelters and fairgrounds until it is safe to return to their properties. A large percentage of these people will have no homes to return to, only smoky remains of the structures and memories they once called home.


Of the places hit the hardest by the raging Valley Fire, was a small town called Middletown. Many people often overlook Middletown as it sits quietly amongst the Lower Lake and Hidden Valley regions and the more notable Calistoga, Pope Valley and Napa Valley areas. Regardless of it’s size, Middletown is home to a football loving community that thrives on local business, neighborly support and generations of hard working families. The devoted community is centered around the Middle School, High School and newly built Elementary School; promoting youth development through rich athletic, agricultural, farming and trade programs is something that Middletown prides itself on.


Rebuilding and returning the town back to normalcy will be a project for many years to come. Many of the homes, buildings and local businesses will have to start from scratch, but the strength of the community and the hearts of it’s people will make Middletown thrive once again. However, for now they need our help to raise awareness and support, both physically and through funding raising.


On October 11th, we will run the Newport RI Marathon. ALL of our donations will go towards reconstructing Middletown. Our family and friends stricken by the Valley Fire have been enduring the recovery and we will do everything we can to help raise funds towards restoring this close knit community. Partnering with the Cowpoke Cafe and Diamond D Ranch, our aims are to help the town feel our collective support through local businesses while working with the Middletown Community Board to direct relief efforts.



Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on October 14th 2015 http://soccerpirrs.com/rbb-rebuild-middletown-marathon-result/

This past weekend Cooper and I finished the Newport Marathon that took place in Newport Rhode Island. I finished just under my target time of 4 hours crossing the finish in 3:48:52. Cooper also finished under her target time of 3 hours and 30 mins with an exciting women’s overall first place finish breaking the bannister in 3:20:51.

The course was absolutely incredible. The views were spectacular and we could have asked for better weather. Although we ran separately, due to the fact that I refuse to and simply can’t hold Cooper’s pace, we still ran with a similar drive. I remember when Cooper first expressed interest in running a marathon a few years ago. Like many other we too wanted to run for a cause to make our physical efforts more meaningful. We started Run Beyond Borders to match our passion for helping those in need with events that will challenge us both physically and mentally.

For our second Run Beyond Borders run, this marathon was particularly emotional. Leading up to the race, thoughts of destruction to Middletown and homes ruined made it hard, but with stress and turmoil can come real inspiring. After visiting California a week prior to the marathon, I came back with a sense of strength only friends and family from Middletown could have shared. Through the devastation the spirits of a community shined bright and the neighborly support truly moved me. When the course got tough, this spirit helped me through.

Crossing the finish line is only one part of our efforts. Training and preparing our bodies to run a course goes hand in hand with doing something good for others. We ask that everyone who shares our celebration in finishing the marathon also share our motivation to help rebuild a special town affected by the Valley Fires. We are still fund raising and hope that we can collectively contribute to rebuilding Middletown.


Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on October 6th http://soccerpirrs.com/rebuild-middletown-visiting-home/

This weekend, Cooper and I flew back to California to visit family and friends in Middletown. It was quite hard driving north from the airport, knowing that the place we once knew would be completely different. From the footage, pictures and stories we prepared ourselves for the worst. The trip was very emotional from the very start.

As we pulled into town, the landscape was notably different. Mountainsides and hillsides completely cleared and dusted with ash. Trees, powerlines and fences toppled and crumbled at the base. New posts and repairs stood out like oddities amongst the backdrop of char. It was particularly disturbing and astonishing how random yet selective the destruction was. The patterns of devastation with no rhyme or reason, choosing to level homes and structures while seemingly bypassing others added to the confusion and the shock.

Hearing stories of the first hand accounts as the relived this traumatic event was quite difficult for me, yet seeing them reenact the experience in the most modest terms truly moved me. The bravery and the honor of those who couldn’t evacuate, staying to fight for what the could save really inspired me. It is stories like these that redefine community and friendship.

For those who lost it all, words couldn’t express the sorrow we felt. Nothing could ever prepare you for the conversation that proceeds. A simple “I’m so sorry…” doesn’t do the emotional justice for the feeling within. I realized very fast speaking to those who lost everything, that my feelings of sorrow though share for a brief moment was often met with a powerful optimism and an inspiring strength that I didn’t prepare for. It made me understand that the will from within and the drive to get past was much stronger than any pity. This harvesting of community strength and neighborly love was heard and felt everywhere. From somber conversations of news, updates and logistics came the waves of inspiration and the hope. It was amazing.

We will post more stories and updates… We are now back from our short visit and will process our experience to share with everyone. Thank you for your continual support!


Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015

Posted on September 23rd 2015 http://soccerpirrs.com/run-beyond-bor…ld-a-community/

We are officially running the Newport Marathon in Rhode Island on October 11th 2015 to help fund raise for the relief efforts of the devastating Valley Fires that raged through Middletown California.

Please help us raise money to rebuild a community that means so much to us! For more information onRun Beyond Borders and this special project visit the RBB links in our top menu. Donationlinks can be found throughout and in our sidebar. Please consider donation today. We appreciate ever effort and contribution.

On October 11th 2015, Cooper and I will run the Newport Marathon, in Rhode Island. This will be our second Run Beyond Borders Project and this one really hits home. Just north of the Napa Valley there is a town called Middletown right before you reach Lower Lake. This town is situated in between the more notable Calistoga and Hidden Valley areas of California. For nearly 2 decades, Cooper’s family has resided in Middletown and St. Helena and made these small towns their home. On Sept 12th 2015, a raging fire that started on Cobb Mountain stormed through Middletown and engulfed everything in its path so quickly, many barely escaped before the evacuation was mandated. What was named #Valleyfire consumed over 70,000 acres of land leveling over 500 homes and buildings. It is estimated that 13,000 people are displaced, gathering at various shelters and fairgrounds until it is safe to return to their properties. A large percentage of these people will have no homes to return to, only smoky remains of the structures and memories they once called home.

Regardless of it’s size, Middletown is home to a football loving community that thrives on local business, neighborly support and generations of hard working families. The devoted community is centered around the Middle School, High School and newly built Elementary School; promoting youth development through rich athletic, agricultural, farming and trade programs is something that Middletown prides itself on.

Rebuilding and returning the town back to normalcy will be a project for many years to come. Many of the homes, buildings and local businesses will have to start from scratch, but the strength of the community and the hearts of it’s people will make Middletown thrive once again. However, for now they need our help to raise awareness and support, both physically and through funding raising.

On October 11th, we will run for MIDDLETOWN! ALL of our donations will go towards reconstructing Middletown. Our family and friends stricken by the Valley Fire have been enduring the recovery and we will do everything we can to help raise funds towards restoring this close knit community. Partnering with the Cowpoke Cafe and Diamond D Ranch, our aims are to help the town feel our collective support through local businesses while working with the Middletown Community Board to direct relief efforts.

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