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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/21/2011

'Racing President' hopefuls try out at Nationals Park

By Maggie Fazeli Fard

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Hopeful Thomas Jeffersons, Abe Lincolns, Teddy Roosevelts and George Washingtons braved dangerous wind conditions Saturday to don 45-pound costumes and hustle across the Nationals Park in Southeast D.C., all in hopes of being named one of the baseball team's next presidential mascots.

"I actually did always dream of being a mascot since I was little, as crazy as that sounds," said Mitch, a Richmond resident who gave only his first name and drew inspiration from childhood memories of watching "the master" -- the Philly Fanatic.


The tryouts were held by invitation only (those interested were asked to submit resumes and photos prior to Saturday's competition) and included a 200-yard race in 40 seconds, a dance and a demonstration of celebration skills.

"I'm just excited to get out there and see that big stadium empty with no fans in it and run around," said Mitch. "I think the adrenaline will definitely kick in."

And kick in it did. While some presidential wannabes aimed to keep the affair light-hearted, others were prepared to do battle.

"Focus," advised Paul of Georgetown University. "Keep your eye on the prize. And then, once we get suited up, unleash it all."

Video by Tucker Walsh of the Washington Post

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 21, 2011; 10:40 AM ET
 
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Comments

I think what was really funny was that besides a resume, you had to produce a photo of yourself ???? Your putting on a costume and running for about 30 seconds at home games.... do you really need to be good looking for that ?? Just asking. I would think that you would need endurance and some balance to run with 45 pounds on you. Did the qualified applicants invited need to take the wonderlic too ??

Posted by: rvanags | February 21, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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