Queen City Paddle welcomes paddlers of all skill levels to our 3rd annual Heat Stroke Paddle Race at Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian, MS.Compete in either a 3 or 6 mile race on a beautiful city lake while helping out a wonderful cause. Most human-powered craft are welcome. We also have a short-distance fun race for kids and kids-at-heart. Awards for top finishers of each class. T-shirts, goodies, and food for all participants.This is a Southern Stoke Paddle Series event!

Events / Course

3 Mile – 1 lap around upper lake6 Mile – 2 laps around upper lakeThe course runs counter-clockwise and follows the general contour of the lake. There are markers to navigate each turn.

Race Day Schedule

6:00 - 8:00 am: [At boat ramp] Check-in, packet pick up, last second registration
8:00 am: Anthem, mandatory safety meeting
9:00 am: Race start (3 and 6 mile run concurrently)
10:45 am: Kids' Race (kids-at-heart welcome too)
11:00 am: Lunch is served! Followed by awards/results


Common Sense Rules:
1. Safety First
2. Look out for each other
3. Be cool like Fonzie
General Rules:
1. PFD must be on board at all times while on the water. Participants under the age of 17 must wear their PFD in accordance with their PFD’s instructions. Type V (inflatable) PFD is acceptable.
2. Stand-Up Paddlers must wear a leash.
3. No one may participate while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
4. A signed waiver/release of liability is required to participate (available at check-in).
5. Participants must attend the pre-race safety meeting.
6. Headphones/speakers – these are not prohibited but participants must be able to hear others while on the water.

Are we missing an event? Please let us know below: