Saratoga Casino Hotel Named Premier Sponsor and Host Site of the 12th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (May 19, 2016)- For the 5th year in a row, Saratoga Casino Hotel has been named the premier sponsor and host site of the 12th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon, an event run by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club each May. The continued partnership was announced yesterday as Saratoga Casino Hotel presented the Saratoga Lions Club Foundation with $2,500 in support of the event and the charitable mission of the Lions Club.

“We are grateful to Saratoga Casino Hotel for their generous support of the Duathlon over the years,” said Matt Jones, President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation. “The continued support we have received from Saratoga Casino Hotel has allowed us to make the race one of the premier sporting competitions in the Capital District.”

This year’s Saratoga Lions Duathlon will be held at 8 A.M. on Sunday, May 29 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Race participants will tackle a 5K run, followed by a 30K bike ride, and finishing with another 5K run. For the first time in 12 years, this year’s race will be officially sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Also new for this year is the ‘Honor A Veteran’ initiative which will allow for duathlon participants and spectators to sponsor a veteran or group of veterans on the race day. A flag tour display will be prominently featured at the duathlon in honor of all the sponsored veterans.

Participants can be individuals or teams of two to three. Area businesses can also participate with a three-person team in the Corporate and Small Business Team Challenge category.

“We’re very proud to host this event at our property,” said Tom Wiedmayer, General Manager of Saratoga Casino Hotel. “We are happy to lend our services so that the Lions Club can further their mission and continue the outstanding work they do in our community.”

100% of all duathlon proceeds go towards the Lions’ mission of benefiting sight and hearing conservation, fighting diabetes and supporting youth related programs in the community.
To register for the May 29 duathlon, visit

Pictured above from left to right: Tom Engle, Media Specialist; Mike Vild, General Counsel; Skip Carlson, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Signature Service; Colleen Carlson, Director of Sales; Matt Jones, President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation; Karen Foster, President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club; Don Braim, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations; Bill Gibeault, Saratoga Lions Club Duathlon Co-Chair.

Saratoga Casino Hotel, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. The all-new 117-room luxury hotel featuring Morton’s® The Steakhouse will be opening this summer. Reservations are available now at Operating hours for the gaming facility are 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs March through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses. Please play responsibly.

The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation, Inc. actively works to promote awareness of, and provide support for, the area of sight and hearing conservation, diabetes and youth programs. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:
Bill Gibeault
Saratoga Lions Club
Duathlon Co-Chair

Tom Engle
Saratoga Casino Hotel
Media Specialist

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