Presidents Race Standings

For 2017, the Nationals restored the presidents race to the original “Rushmore Four” — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt (newer presidents Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover were “retired” to the team’s new spring training home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they run a spring training presidents race). The team has also revived a much-maligned tradition: keeping Teddy Roosevelt out of the win column. Thomas Jefferson took his first presidents race title since 2006, but George Washington got revenge, winning all three playoff races.

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

Teddy nearly catches George in photo finish

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

32 Responses

  1. is it appropriate for fans to endeavor to assist in “letting teddy win,” by doing things like tying other presidents’ shoelaces together, setting up confusing road signs, or devising other implements of sabotage?

  2. Don’t ask, don’t tell, I always say. Just remember that Teddy’s been disqualified before, so don’t get caught!

  3. Shouldn’t the standings include the full results (2nd, 3rd, 4th, DQ, DNF, etc)?

  4. danj, I would happily publish such results if I had help collecting the information from at least a couple of full season ticket holders. I wouldn’t want to list such statistics if I had gaps in the season. Today I can update the W-L standings without knowing for sure that I can be at and videotape every race.

    If you’d like to help collect such info, let me know!

  5. I was at one game during that July 2006 homestand against the Cubs, and Teddy won. He totally cheated — came out of nowhere with a golf cart — but he won the race. (That said, I don’t know if that resulted in a DQ.) Three photos from that game:

    And They're Off...
    Walk Softly and Carry a Big Golf Cart
    Victory Is Mine

  6. Those are great photos. I wish I had video of that race for the presidents race videos page because it was the first time Teddy tried to cheat (and yes it was the first time he was disqualified)! I have added one of your great photos to the presidents race facts page (with a link to your photostream).

  7. […] up losing! >:/ (He’s my favorite President for those of you who don’t know)  Hahah, check out the Race Standings.  They even had this campaign to let him win, with Teddy Roosevelt ‘08 signs!  I LOVE […]

  8. I have a video of the Presidents race from August 15th I recorded it with my digital camera

  9. […] Abraham Lincoln was last years champion by a substantial margin and Teddy was always the hard luck loser with nothing to show but a goose egg for 2008. For more Presidential Race statistics visit here […]

  10. This lovable loser stuff has to stop. Teddy don’t win, Nats don’t win……Coincidence??…..I think not.

  11. […] joke in Washington, D.C. — no, not that one — that Teddy Roosevelt never, ever wins the mascot Presidents Race at Nationals […]

  12. […] Teddy has never won the presidents race. […]

  13. […] holds up a campaign rally sign from at Nationals Park. Teddy has never won the presidents race. Clip from Histeria! including the song “Trust-Buster” for Theodore Roosevelt.Video […]

  14. […] Teddy has never won the presidents race. […]

  15. I love the site, and think this is awesome.

    You need to update this page, however…the President’s Race Highlights says 2010, not 2011.

    Keep it up!

  16. […] at the stats of the Presidents Race, Abe and Tom were neck and neck in the “polls” in 2011, with […]

  17. teddy was supposed to win today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dear presidents race fan when do you think teddy will win?

  18. The Nationals have made it clear. It ain’t gonna happen without some kind of intervention. We need a runner to go rogue.

  19. […] to follow, even if I am 2,880 miles away from Nats Park. Now if only Teddy Roosevelt could notch a win in the mascot run…   If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing […]

  20. yes i agree a runner needs to go rouge

  21. Folks — with respect, you need to know that Teddy is NEVER going to win this race. Too many things going against it.

    First of all, is TR himself. Several times, I’ve seen Teddy in the lead, then veer into the stands to talk with some voter who beckoned to him — irresistible to any politician. Another time he wanted a hot dog. Although a great hunter and outdoorsman, he is kind of clumsy. He has tripped over bats, tarps, gloves — and once over nothing. A blade of grass, I think.

    Second, as long as great Americans like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln trip him … shove him aside …ellbow past him .. step on his heels — he cannot win. Once, the noble Thomas Jefferson pulled Teddy down from behind by the collar! In football, it would be a personal foul. In politics, all’s fair.

    TR Fans — Teddy Roosevelt will simply NEVER win this race. Between his own varying attentions, and his surprisingly less than scrupulous opponents, he simply can’t.

    Ask Victoria’s Secret to sell full-coverage khaki jump suits … ask the birds to fly backward … ask the Man in the Moon to kiss the Sun … ask Barry Obama to be responsible, truthful, and fair – and to take responsibility for a 16 Trillion Dollar Deficit … but don’t ever expect Theodore Roosevelt to win that foot race at Nationals Park. The Laws of Nature, Physics, and Politics just won’t have it!


  22. TEDDY WON!!!

  23. One great aspect about the President’s Race, besides showing icons of this great country cheating and winning by pushing downing the other guy (you know, getting ahead by any means – – something we need to teach the children), is it adds in a big way to the carnival atmosphere of Nationals Park. Baseball can only survive by offering more than baseball. The 7th inning stretch needs to include a tractor pull in center field.

  24. […] Lincoln lost Best Picture at the Oscars, and now he has yet to win a president’s race in 23 tries, falling behind even notorious racing loser Teddy Roosevelt and newcomer Taft. The Nationals’ […]

  25. How is it that perhaps the most physically fit and vigorous president ever to have held office is tied for last? And the single fattest president is tied with him!?!

  26. Can someone please tell me what the song is they play after Abe wins a race? Thank you.

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