Teddy races on a Segway, but starts late

Washington Nationals racing president George Washington crosses the finish line ahead of Teddy Roosevelt, who pulled up the rear while riding a Segway

Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt has a short memory, having been disqualified in the past for attempting to motor his way to victory. Perhaps he thought his antics would go unchallenged by the light crowd on hand for Saturday’s rain delay make-up game vs. the Phillies.

Either way, by the time Teddy entered Nationals Park on a Segway to take on the other racing presidents, the point was moot. His entrance through the centerfield gate came too late for him to catch up to George, who captured his fourth win of the season.

Photo courtesy of Sam at 2Guys1Roadtrip
Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Presidents Race Video: Presidents race on Segways

From YouTube member jjqb08 comes this video of Sunday’s presidents race in which fans were treated to the site of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt running the race aboard Segway personal transporters.

As the video makes perfectly clear, the stunt was made possible courtesy of City Segway Tours. It was a lot of fun and a great promotional idea worthy of a permanent spot on our presidents race videos page.

Looking forward to 2009, one can imagine lots of other possibilities for our racing presidents. What local companies would you like to see adding their own flair to a special race next year?

Segways are no help to Teddy in presidents race

The Washington Nationals are pulling out all the stops for the final week of the home season, with a promotional schedule filled with special events and fan giveaways.

Presidents race riding segways at Washington Nationals gameToday at Nationals Park, the team upped the ante for the presidents race as well, putting all four of the racing presidents on Segway personal transporters for the last day game of the season.

Teddy Roosevelt pulled out first and took and early lead, followed closely by Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln. With the Segways acting as natural speed-equalizers, it was Teddy’s race to lose, but he lost control of his segway at the outfield turn, and started spinning in circles. Tom beat Abe to the finish line to take his first presidents race victory since August.

Perhaps Teddy needs to take Segway lessons from general manager Jim Bowden, who rides a Nationals logo-covered Segway around the team’s spring training fields in Viera, Florida.

After a day off Monday, the Nationals will host the Florida Marlins for the final home series of the season starting Tuesday night.

Photo by flickr user culhanen

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