The Washington Nationals once again invited fans with presidential aspirations to apply for the chance to become a Racing President. The team previously accepted applications and will hold auditions this Saturday, March 2 to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and newest member, Bill for the 2013 baseball season.
Note: This tryout is by invitation only and is not open to the public. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions.
Check out photos from last year’s auditions.
To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
- Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
- Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games
Select candidates have been invited to Nationals Park on Saturday, March 9, 2013, where they will be required to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and run two Presidents Races from center field to the home dugout. They will also be interviewed by the Game Operations panel.
Developed in 2006, the Racing Presidents are 12-foot oversized mascots who compete during the fourth inning of every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park, the District and around the Washington region. The Racing Presidents usually visit the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll and Fourth of July celebrations. They also visited Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada, and made their first trip to the West Coast to race at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.