Video: Teddy hurdles over tables to take out his fellow presidents

Teddy Roosevelt hurdles jumps over tables wins presidents raceThe pouring rain wasn’t the only hurdle facing the racing presidents during the fourth inning Friday night at Nationals Park.

As the race began, the team’s “Secret Service” had set up hurdles in the form of folding tables in foul territory along the first base line.

The race was tight approaching the tables, but as his fellow presidents tumbled into the obstacle, the Rough Rider took a beautiful leap over the tables and stuck a clean landing that carried him to victory.

Video for Let Teddy Win courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Racing Presidents Run Hurdles to Honor Olympics

Teddy Roosevelt hurdles in Sunday's Olympic-inspired Washington Nationals Presidents RaceIn their last home game to be played during these 2008 Olympics, the Washington Nationals pulled out all the stops to stage an Olympics-inspired presidents race during the fourth inning Sunday at Nationals Park.

If Saturday night’s race-walk didn’t impress you, then the sight of our favorite 10-foot tall racing presidents jumping over hurdles certainly had to. That’s right — hurdles.

In a scene reminiscent of a previous Olympiad, Abe Lincoln, who has whipped the competition this season, emerged during the race introductions wearing Michael Johnson-inspired gold running shoes. Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln each ran the anchor leg of a hurdle relay which was confined to the outfield. Abe beat Teddy to the finish, and was declared the winner along with teammate George Washington. This is the first time a joint victory has been awarded in presidents race history.

I hope at least one of you readers captured this memorable spectacle on video.

Photo courtesy of flickr member Liliang

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