Photos: Racing Presidents arrive at Mt. Rushmore, Teddy on a Snowmobile, wins fan vote

Teddy Roosevelt on a Snowmobile

Teddy and Tom on Snowmobiles at Recreational Springs Resort in Lead, South Dakota

Teddy Roosevelt and WH Taft met up with their fellow Nats racing presidents and mascot Screech at Mt. Rushmore to celebrate Presidents Day, after Teddy trounced Bill in their “Executive Adventure” Twitter contest.

After Teddy played poker in Deadwood, the racing presidents went snowmobiling at Recreational Springs Resort, and Ice Skating in Rapid City. First photos below.

Nationals Racing Presidents at Mt. Rushmore

The Nationals Racing Presidents with Mascot Screech at Mt. Rushmore

Nationals Racing Presidents on Snowmobiles

The Racing Presidents on Snow Machines in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Teddy Roosevelt Playing Poker

Teddy Playing Poker at Old Style Saloon #10 in Deadwood, South Dakota

Photos courtesy of Black Hills Travel Blog

Teddy meets the Jolly Green Giant, approaches Mt. Rushmore

Teddy Roosevelt and the Jolly Green Giant
Teddy Roosevelt met the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth Minnesota, tweeting this photo just before sundown Saturday, as the Hero of San Juan Hill continues to race “The Big Chief” William Howard Taft across the country this weekend.

After making stops in Iowa this morning, the duo headed north, with Taft trailing Teddy and checking in from the Minnesota border at 7:34pm.

The pair are within 500 miles of their Presidents Day destination.

In the corresponding Twitter contest, Bill is closing the gap, but still has only half the votes of his popular rival.

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.

Teddy takes an early lead in fan voting as race vs. Taft begins

William Howard Taft Racing President departing on adventure to Mt. RushmoreNats Racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft took off this morning on their Executive Adventure to Mt. Rushmore, with Taft tweeting a photo from the starting line.

Fans who follow the presidents on Twitter @Teddy26Nats or @NatsBigChief27 are being asked to use the hashtags #VoteTeddy or #VoteBill to voice their support.

Results appear real-time at Nationals.com, and no surprise: in the early hours, support for Teddy is nearly tripling that for Taft.

The race ends Monday at Mt. Rushmore.

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:

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