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Queen City Heat Stroke 2020

August 22, 2020 @ 12:00 am EDT

Welcome to Queen City Paddle’s Heat Stroke 2020Meridian’s 2nd annual full paddling event. Compete and have fun with fellow paddlers in a laid-back setting on a beautiful city lake with NO boat traffic ( ! ) while benefiting Hope Village for Children.

Ideal for folks of all athletic abilities, from beginners to accomplished paddlers. Most human-powered paddled craft are welcome (SUP, Kayak, Canoe) and participants may choose between a 3- or 6-mile course. We also have a short-distance fun race for kids and kids-at-heart; so bring your families and friends along.

Awards for top finishers of each class. T-shirts, goodies, and food for all participants. Drawings for fantastic giveaways!
Our CauseMeridian’s own Hope Village for Children gives those who have had a life of hardship a place of love and hope. Whether they have come from a world of abuse, or neglect, or tragedy; a child should be exempt from the worst of circumstances, not forced to become immune to them. All profits go directly to this amazing group.

Races3 Mile – 1 lap around upper lake (see course map)6 Mile – 2 laps around upper lake (see course map)KIDS’ Race – Series of short-distance out-and-backs on paddle boards (boards and gear provided). This is a free event for any interested kid or kid-at-heart.
Awards for top finishers of each class. T-shirts, goodies, and food for all participants. Drawings for fantastic giveaways!
If interested, paddlers are encouraged to give demos for the attending youth and spectators following the race.
Be prepared to sweat and have fun!
How you can help
Your participation alone will be a huge boost to the children of Hope Village, but please take the time to look over the following list of items and consider bringing something to donate. We’ll have a drop-off location for these items at the race along with a container for cash donations. Every little bit helps!
YOU CAN HELP THE CHILDREN OF HOPE VILLAGE BY DONATING ITEMS THAT WE NEED AND USE REGULARLY:Paper towels – we never have enough of these!Dishwasher detergent podsWashing machine detergent podsJournals for both boys and girls – every child receives one at ChristmasRolling duffle bags – we give each child luggage at Christmas since many carry their few belongings in trash bags from place to placeMakeup sets – fun sets for teenage girls since we give each girl one at ChristmasBath and body sets for girls and boys – each child receives a set at Christmas


Hotels: Plenty of hotels in Meridian but the following are conveniently located within ½ mile of the park entrance. We are presently negotiating group discounts and will update:
Hampton Inn103 US-11, Meridian, MS 39301601.483.3000
Hilton Garden Inn109 US-11, Meridian, MS 39301601.485.3506
Home2 Inn and Suites210 N Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS 39301601.282.9710
Tru by Hilton519 Azalea Dr, Meridian, MS 39301601.531.4100
Comfort Inn701 Bonita Lakes Dr, Meridian, MS 39301601.693.1200
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham518 Bonita Lakes Dr, Meridian, MS 39301601.621.4279
Campers:  There is no camping at the park itself but Bonita Lakes RV Park is located less than 1 mile from the park entrance and is offering a discounted rate of $25/night to all athletes.
Bonita Lakes RV Park694 Mitchum Road, Meridian, MS 39301601.483.4330


August 22, 2020
12:00 am EDT
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Bonita Reservoir Road
Bonita Reservoir Road
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