2017 Results & Highlights

For 2017, the Nationals presidents rates returned to its controversial roots by reviving a much-maligned tradition: keeping Theodore Roosevelt out of the win column (Teddy went 0-for-84), and by restoring the presidents race to the original “Rushmore Four” — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy.

Meanwhile, newer presidents Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover (who’d been added between 2013 and 2016) were “retired” to the team’s new spring training home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they began their own new tradition, the 3-man spring training presidents race. Thomas Jefferson won his share of races, taking his first presidents race title since 2006, but George Washington got his revenge, winning the race during all three of the team’s playoff games.

2017 Presidents Race Standings*

 #3 Thomas Jefferson 29
 #1 George Washington 29
 #16 Abraham Lincoln 25
 #00 Screech the Eagle   1
 #26 Teddy Roosevelt   0

*Includes postseason in which George Washington won 3 races.

For previous years’ standings, check out the links to detailed results pages for 2008-2016 in the left menu. Standings from 2006-2007 may be found on the the Presidents Race Facts page.

2017 Presidents Race Highlights

DATE VS. WINNER NOTABLE
4/3 MIA Abe Presidents race like it was 2012, and not in a good way
4/5 MIA Abe On National Read a Roadmap Day, Abe tries to distract
 4/6 MIA Tom Tom shoves by Abe in a photo finish tussle
 4/10 STL Tom Teddy “trips” and falls just before the finish line
 4/11 STL Abe Presidents race on bikes. Abe cheats.
 4/12 STL George Washington misses the tape, is declared winner anyway
 4/14 PHI Abe Abe Lincoln pulls away at the finish
 4/15 PHI Abe Abe Lincoln leads wire-to-wire
 4/16 PHI Screech Mascots and the Easter Bunny assault the presidents
 4/28 NYM Abe Lincoln distracts Teddy on national blueberry pie day
 4/29 NYM George Teddy fades at the finish, Washington pulls away
 4/30 NYM George Wearing their Sunday finest, Teddy fades again
 5/2 ARI Tom Jefferson does a step dance on Irish Heritage Night
 5/3 ARI Abe Abe scares Teddy on National Paranormal Day
 5/4 ARI George George Washington passes Abe Lincoln at the finish
 5/10 BAL Tom George Washington tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield
 5/13 PHI Tom Jefferson starts slow, goes from last to first
 5/14 PHI Tom Jefferson struggles out of the gate, but comes from behind
5/14 PHI Tom William Howard Taft returns to Nationals Park
5/23 SEA Abe Abe steals Teddy’s penny on National Lucky Penny Day
5/24 SEA George On National Scavenger Hunt Day, George finds the flag
5/25 SEA Abe Abe runs away with it uncontested
5/26 SDG Abe Abe tricks everybody on National Paper Airplane Day
5/27 SDG Tom Rey (Tom) wins Star Wars Day lightsaber battle
5/28 SDG Tom Tom distracts Teddy on National Hamburger Day
6/8 BAL Tom Teddy thinks track is hot lava, dives into the stands
6/9 TEX George George cheats at jumprope, wins Spartan Race preview
6/10 TEX Abe Tom and Abe tussle, Abe wins
6/11 TEX Tom Tom reaches out and beats Abe by a hand in photo finish
6/12 ATL George Commander in Chief leads drills, wins on Army Night
6/13 ATL George George beats out Tom and Abe in fast-paced Sprint
6/14 ATL George George Washington sweeps the 3-game series
6/23 CIN George Presidents turn to swords on Game of Thrones Night
6/24 CIN Abe Abe sprints past Tom to regain season lead 
6/25 CIN Tom Jefferson wins in their Sunday finest
6/26 CHI George George cheats, enters race near the finish line
6/27 CHI George George holdes finish line, steals victory from Teddy
6/28 CHI Abe Presidents race on Segways, Abe cuts the outfield corner
6/29 CHI Tom Jefferson runs away with it to tie Lincoln atop the standings
7/3 NYM Tom Abe & George stop to coax Teddy onto the field. Tom wins.
7/4 NYM George George wins on July 4th for the 5th straight year
7/6 ATL Tom Teddy fades at the finish, tussles with Abe
7/7 ATL Abe Washington falls and Abe comes from behind
7/8 ATL Abe Tom faceplants and Abe leaves everybody in the dust 
7/9 ATL Abe Lincoln makes it look easy, goes wire to wire
7/25 MIL Tom Jefferson wins a photo finish vs. Washington
7/26 MIL George Presidents stop to admire new 2018 All Star Game logo
7/27 MIL Tom Teddy barely tries, stopping to wave at the crowd
7/29 COL Tom Leading late, Teddy stops to wave at the crowd
7/30 COL Abe Abe pushes aside Teddy and Tom in the home stretch
7/30 COL George Abe knocks down Teddy and Tom, but a shark takes him out
8/7 MIA Tom Teddy fades and Jefferson runs away with it
8/8 MIA George George counterfeits on National Dollar Day
8/9 MIA Tom Tom tricks Teddy on National Book Lovers Day
8/10 MIA Tom Tom wins for Northwestern on B1G10 Night
8/12 SFG Abe Abe distracts Teddy with Dream Foundation raffle tickets
8/13 SFG Tom Jefferson toys with his competition
8/13 SFG Tom Presidents dress as Mutant Ninja Turtles on 90s Night
8/15 LAA George Washington beats Lincoln at the wire
8/16 LAA George Presidents dance the vogue on Madonna’s birthday
8/25 NYM George Teddy fades fast, Washington pulls away
8/26 NYM Abe Teddy gets winded on extra-long extended course
8/27 NYM Tom Jefferson attacks, tackles the competition
8/27 NYM Abe Nats grounds crew interferes, attacks racing presidents
8/28 MIA George George Washington shoves Abe Lincoln to the ground
8/29 MIA Abe Lincoln surges past Jefferson at the finish line
8/30 MIA Tom Jefferson squeaks by Teddy Roosevelt at the finish
9/7 PHI George Washington runs away with it to tie Abe in standings
9/8 PHI Abe Lincoln leaves everybody in the dust
9/9 PHI George George squeaks past Abe and Tom at the wire
9/10 PHI Tom Once again, Teddy seems to fade at the finish
9/12 ATL George Washington wins on George Washington University night
9/13 ATL Abe Lincoln goes from last to first
9/14 ATL George On GU day, George literally runs circles around Teddy
9/15 LAD Abe Lincoln tricks everybody on National Thank You Day
9/16 LAD Tom Teddy stops for National Thank A Police Officer Day
9/17 LAD Tom Jefferson wins extra-long Sunday night race
9/28 PIT Abe Roosevelt fades at the finish
9/29 PIT Tom Presidents attacked with pretzels on Oktoberfest night
9/30 PIT George
10/1 PIT George Teddy fades fast and brings up the rear. Again.
10/6 CHI George Grounds crew attacks Teddy short of the finish line
10/7 CHI George Washington leaves the field and returns on a bike
10/12 CHI George Washington wins lengthy, confusing obstacle race

 

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