Racing presidents run relay on segways & bicycle taxis

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson ride the anchor leg of a presidents race relay at Nationals ParkThe racing presidents pulled out all the stops for the standing room only crowd of 41,985 tonight at Nationals Park, completing the homestand against the Boston Red Sox with a multi-vehicle presidents race relay.

Abe Lincoln and George Washington competed in the first leg, riding Segway personal transporters along the left field warning track toward a finish line that had been moved to center field from its usual location in foul territory.

With Abe on a Segway and unable to put on his usual burst of speed, George was able to hand a huge lead to Thomas Jefferson, who took on Teddy Roosevelt in the second leg riding pedicab bicycle taxis.

Tom jumped into one of the taxis as the driver started peddling him to the finish line, but then Teddy Roosevelt took the reigns and started peddling his own cab. The Rough Rider ignited the crowd when he briefly overtook Tom, but the peddling wore him out. Teddy faded at the finish and failed to deliver for the 201st time.

Racing Presidents appear in Cherry Blossom Festival Parade before exhibition game vs. Orioles

Washington Nationals racing presidents in the National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeThe Washington Nationals racing presidents continued to cement their position as DC icons with an appearance in yesterday’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

The presidents were decked in their Nationals uniforms and got to ride in style on the back of individual bicycle taxis.

It was a rare opportunity for the racing presidents to appear with the blooming cherry blossoms. Nationals Park, of course, has a much-touted row of cherry blossom trees in the centerfield plaza, but the team has yet to play a regular season game when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. With this year’s home opener scheduled for April 13 and a rainy week in the forecast, it seem likely we’ll have to wait another year to witness that spectacle.

The appearance by George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy came just hours before the first unofficial presidents race of the 2009 Nationals Park season. Last night’s annual preseason game vs. the Baltimore Orioles offered no hints that the presidents race will play out any differently for poor Teddy. He had an early lead, but failed to even finish as George Washington took the tape handily.

Photo courtesy of flickr member Rebecca Ash

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