Teddy is first to Indiana, maintaining 3x lead over Taft

Teddy Roosevelt in Indiana, beating Taft to Mt. RushmoreWilliam Howard Taft National Historic SiteRacing president Teddy Roosevelt appears to be making excellent time in his race to Mt. Rushmore, tweeting that he beat rival William Howard Taft to the Indiana border just after 5:00pm Friday.

That’s nearly one third of the driving distance from Nationals Park to the South Dakota landmark on just the first afternoon.

Taft, meanwhile, stopped in Cincinnati to visit his boyhood home.

Teddy continues to get triple the fan votes as his rival Taft in the corresponding Twitter contest, but at just 100 fan tweets as of Friday evening, one has to wonder whether the Nationals mascot team had higher expectations from their newly fabricated rivalry.

Racing president auditions postponed as Teddy Roosevelt & William Howard Taft race to Mt. Rushmore

Racing president auditions will not be held on Presidents Day weekend this year.

The Washington Nationals announced this evening that they would break the tradition in order to promote their newly-conjured rivalry between racing president fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt and newcomer William Howard Taft.

The two presidents will take off Friday in a 4-day race to race to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, where they will meet up with their fellow racing presidents on Presidents Day.

The Nationals will promote the race as “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure,” and ask fans on Twitter to use the hashtags #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy beginning Friday to pick their favorite. One supporter of each president will win a “private mascot appearance” with her choice.

The Nats had been mum about confirming the date for auditions, and now we know why. Ted and Bill’s road trip have pushed the auditions to Saturday, March 2.

Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsPresidents Race AuditionsApplicants have only until next Wednesday, February 20 to apply for the part-time summer position by sending a cover letter, resume and photo to entertainment@nationals.com.

As always, applicants must be adults between 5’7” and 6’ 6” in height, can handle wearing a 45-pound costume for hours, can commit to at least 35 home games, and can run 200 yards in 40 seconds or less (yes, that’s with the costume still on).

The Nationals typically select 50 to 60 applicants to be invited to auditions, in which they will race against each other, run a 40-yard dash, dance, and show their celebration skills.

For a sense of what’s in store, check out our video chronicle from last year’s auditions:

Racing presidents don boxers for Cupids Undie Run

Cupids Undie Run Racing Presidents Flickr photo by lwalensFor the second year in a row, the Nationals’ racing presidents appeared in the annual Cupids Undie Run on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Saturday.

Volunteers stripped to their underwear and ran 1.5 miles in near-freezing weather. George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy all participated, donning boxer shorts over their usual racing uniforms. New racing president William Howard Taft did not make an appearance.

The event is held annually on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Photo by Flickr member lwalens

…and this from Teddy, via Twitter:

Racing Presidents Cupids Undie Run

Video: Racing Presidents on the Inaugural Ball circuit

Racing Presidents at the Kids Inaugural Ball and concert

Photo:WUSA9


The Washington Nationals racing presidents let loose on Saturday evening as the Rushmore Four warmed up for Katy Perry and Usher, and Michelle Obama, then traded in their racing shoes for cowboy boots to kick off inaugural weekend.

The DC Convention Center hosted its first unofficial presidents race early Saturday evening as the Nationals mascots warmed up the crowd at the first Kids’ Inaugural Concert:

Racing Presidents at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

Photo:Tanya Pai/Washingtonian Magazine

Teddy Roosevelt at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

Photo:Ken Smith/Instagram

George Washington at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Photo:Charlie Neibergall/AP

Abe Lincoln at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Charlie Neibergall/AP

The invitation-only event, hosted by Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and their children, featured performances by Usher and Katy Perry, and honored hundreds of kids from military families and Washington D.C. area schools.

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy then changed out of their red racing uniforms and joined the revelry at the 2013 Texas Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Harbor resort.

Unlike four years ago when the racing presidents were spread thin across a number of evening events, the Texas State Society ponied up and staked their claim to all four of DC’s famous ten foot tall mascots on the first of three nights of inaugural festivities.

Notorious as one of the largest inaugural balls, The Black Tie and Boots affair was spread across five ballrooms, but the presidents were hard to miss as they joined the revelers on the dance floor, getting down to the music of Tracy Byrd, Jack Ingram, and Asleep at the Wheel.

Leveraging the privileges of higher office, the racing presidents took their turns joining the bands on stage. These AP photos captured Abe and George with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Inaugural festivities continue through tomorrow.

Video courtesy of YouTube member adhinchman

Video: Racing Presidents in Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Nationals Racing Presidents Dance The NutcrackerThe Nationals racing presidents continued a three year old tradition on Thursday by appearing in The Washington Ballet’s annual production of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker.

The racing presidents took the stage one at a time to perform ballet’s famous Russian Dance, with Teddy Roosevelt making the final entrance and of course drawing the loudest applause from the partisan crowd.

Here, courtesy of The Washington Ballet, is their performance:

Video courtesy of The Washington Ballet

Teddy’s Presidents Race Win Makes Most Buzz Worthy Moments of 2012

Yahoo Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012 - Teddy Roosevelt WinsWhat does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women?

They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012.

Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome).

Presidents Race Gingerbread House at NIH

Gingerbread Presidents Race at NIHThe National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is holding its Seventh Annual Gingerbread House Contest in its Bethesda headquarters, and alert reader Cindy Smith Clinton shared this photo of one notable entry — a DC Mall scene featuring Teddy Roosevelt winning a presidents race on the National Mall.

The meticulously decorated gingerbread creation includes the Washington Monument and Capitol Building, with Teddy breaking the tape and 2012 champion George Washington lying in defeat.

Entries are on display in the atrium of the NIH Hatfield Building through the holidays. You can view all the entries, including a replica of Nationals Park, and vote for your favorite here through December 15.

Photo: Cindy Smith Clinton

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