GIF: Olympic champion Helen Maroulis lifts Teddy Roosevelt after presidents race win

Teddy Roosevelt CameraHelen Maroulis Teddy Roosevelt Nats presidents raceNats racing president Teddy Roosevelt spent the day on the National Mall Thursday, helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The same night at Nationals Park, the Park Service returned the favor by having park rangers on hand to helping Roosevelt take in the sights during the 4th inning presidents race.

Teddy snapped photos with his giant camera, then distracted his fellow presidents with the pictures so that he could break toward the finish line.

Teddy stole the win, but Olympic gold medal wrestler Helen Maroulis stole the show. The Rockville native had been holding the presidents race finish line, and won over the crowd by picking up the giant racing president in celebration after the race.

Photos: Washington Nationals

Buddy Bison helps the racing presidents celebrate National Park Service

Buddy Bison Nationals Presidents RaceVisiting racing president Herbert Hoover was once again missing on Friday night at Nationals Park, but the five resident presidents were there to race in their patriotic uniforms, as the Nationals honored the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

National Park Trust mascot Buddy Bison was on hand at the finish line to welcome winner William Howard Taft (who supported the National Parks as president, but was certainly not as instrumental as his predecessor Theodore Roosevelt).

Buddy was promoting the Every Kid in a Park program, established by the Obama administration in 2009 to get all U.S. 4th graders outside to explore the great outdoors.

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