Crescent Beach Challenge

19th Annual CBC Main Event

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Marineland Park

7:30 am - 12 pm


Friday Kick-off Registration

Friday, June 16


6 pm - dark

2016 CBC Group photo: Walt Coker



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Next generation

About the CBC

The CBC is a family-organized fundraiser consisting of running, paddling and swimming events to honor and support those affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other blood-related cancers. This year’s CBC is the 19th Annual and will be held Saturday June 17, 2017.

The CBC was started in 1999 in honor of Nancy Chellemi, mother of two, who died of leukemia in 1998. Each year the CBC reunites old friends and forges new friendships all while having a fun day at the beach and raising money for those less fortunate.

1st Annual CBC - 1999

Money is raised through participant registration, contributions and sponsorships. All proceeds are donated to the North Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Check out to see how the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers patient services, disseminates information, and supports research involving blood-related cancers. $321,000 has been donated to the Society in the previous 16 years the CBC has been held.

On behalf of Josh Hellstrom who hiked 500 miles on the Colorado Trail to celebrate his lymphoma remission and raise money for the LLS, John Howard, Leslie and Carly Hellstrom presented a check for $10,000 to Kelley Lesperance, director of Central Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the 2015 CBC.

Schedule of Events (Marineland park)

7:30 am Signup/registration (early register at Friday Kickoff Party)
8:30 am Races (all running and ocean events start at same time)
9:30 am Group photo
9:45 am Throw down relays
11:00 am Ceremonies and cookout to follow

Awards Ceremony 2012

Jeff Hembry on Duty - 2006 CBC

Registration/Race signup

Old School.  Register at Friday Kickoff Party or Saturday morning by filling out registration form (one per family). If you like, you can download and print out form (see below) ahead of time. 

New School. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has developed a CBC on-line registration page on their website (  Register on-line and just sign-up for races.

Donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is $30/person (includes event shirt).

Either Fri eve or Sat morning sign-up for one race event - get race number and instructions

2012 Setting up

Racesall start 8:30 am (Bragging Rights Only!)

2005 Run

Run Events
• 1K Run - 10&under
5K Run - 14&under, Open, Masters (40 over)

Run course and race details: The run course is ‘up and back’. All runners will head south from the starting line and run until they come to the appropriate ‘turn-around’ sign for their race. As such, the turn around signs will be placed at halfway point of the distance to be run.

2008 Paddle

Ocean Events
• 1K swim - Open
• 4K kayak - Open
• 4K standup paddleboard - Open
• 2K surfboard - Open, Masters (40&over)

Ocean race course and race details: Three bright-colored buoys will be placed outside the surf zone. One will be placed directly out from the starting line while the second and third buoys will be placed at the halfway points of the 1 and 2K distances, respectively. All paddlers and swimmers must go around the first buoy before proceeding south along the course. 1K swimmers will turn around the second buoy while the 2K paddlers will turn around the third buoy. After making the turnaround, racers must go outside and around the first buoy before returning to shore. For 4K and 6K races, repeat 2K lap.  On shore will be a finish line. Swimmers and paddlers must finish their races by reaching the finish line on shore; kayakers can leave their craft at the water's edge but surfboards and SUPs must be carried across the finish line.

Combined ‘Kahuna’ Events
• 5K run + 2K surfboard paddle - Open, Masters (40&over)

Kahuna race details: Kahuna events will be one continuous race.  In other words, participants will immediately grab their surfboards at the end of the run and start the paddle leg. 

2010 Relay race

Throw-Down’ 4-person Surfboard Relay
Each member of 4-man team must paddle out and around buoy set 100-150 yards offshore. After completing loop, teammate hands off surfboard to next member. As with other races, winners enjoy bragging rights only.

Friday Kickoff Registration – Friday evening 5-9 pm

Genungs Fish Camp, Crescent Beach

Registration/pickup shirts, food and drinks, yeah!

2012 Friday Kickoff Party at Marineland


Sponsors play a critical role in a grass-roots event like the CBC. Sponsors can make direct monetary contributions as well as provide valuable goods or services that are needed to make the event fun and safe and keep costs down! In-kind donations that have been well-received in the past include gift certificates to stores and restaurants, surfboard, food, drinks, printing and graphical services. We are open to your ideas. Below is a breakdown of different sponsorship levels that have been established and how you can contact a CBC committee member regarding how you would like to become a sponsor or answer any questions you might have. Let us know how we can help.

Shirt Advertising Sponsor - $300 or more
•  Logo on event shirt
•  Receive 3 events shirts + 3 event registrations

Supporter – less than $300
•  Cash, gift certificate, food/drink, etc.
•  Recognition at event


How do I sign up to be a sponsor?
Download the Sponsorship Form and send in or simply contact one of the following directly.

Tom Glikes 386-418-8112

Jeff Million 352-538-1775

Mike Ryals 352-371-6100


2016 Shirt Sponsors ($300 or more)

1 Pabst Brewing Co. Scotty Carter
2 Pratt Family Jane
3 FSC Securities Corp Robert Demasi
4 Chevron at Hunter's Crossing Jeff Montgomery
5 Million Family Marge,Brad,Steve,Jeff
6 Beach Break Salon Brenda Duval
7 Eclipse Recording Studios John Hankinson
8 Southern Realty St. Aug/Cresc Bch Pat Hamilton
9 Parrish Family Benny
10 Hogan Families Jay, Chuck
11 Comfort Temp Lucy Worthmann
12 Mike and Jane Ryals Family Mike
13 Team V-Ba Clay Tilton
14 Ivey Family Ray
15 Conti Family Jill
16 Hellstrom Family Josh
17 Maris Jr. Family Roger
18 Waldrop Family Dennis
19 Bronson Ace Hardware Wendell Stainsby
20 Osborne Family Todd
21 Freeride Surf Shop Tom Glikes
22 Carnes Family Bob
23 Salon PHD Misti Weeks
24 Ted and Holly Ted Hortenstine
25 Morgan Family Steve
26 Gainesville Lacrosse Association Lynn Millinoff
27 Berkshire Hathaway Realty Denise Mongiardo
28 Howard Family & Accounting John
29 Scruggs & Carmichael, P.A. Beth Martin
30 Dougheny Family Debbie
31 Swamphead Brewery Brandon Nappy
32 Memory Bryan Jones Richard Jones
33 McRae Elementary Marcus Dooley
34 Bedner Growers Denise, Bruce
35 Stringer Family Steve
36 KIND bars MacKenzie Hellstrom
37 Kovacs Family Lori
38 Myhre Brothers Paul, Bruce
39 Nelson Family Mark
40 Vizergy Joe Hyman
41 Surf Station Tory Strange
42 Chellemi Family Dan
43 Oasis Greg Redkin
44 Gamble-Manduley Families Mike-Odalis
45 Farm Bureau Insurance Jeff Ference
46 Ference Insurance Co. Jeff Ference
47 Chellemi Family Dan

Special Sponsors

$300 K-Kids of McRae Elementary School – Keystone Heights (Marcus Dooley)


Download forms and flyers

Registration form

Sponsorship form


Sponsor Flyer



CBC Contacts


Jeff Million
6830 NE 225th Street
Melrose, FL 32666

Tom Glikes
9311 NW 143 St.
Alachua, FL 32615    

Josh Hellstrom
John Howard
Terry Howell
Kemp Howell
Brad Million
Mark Nelson