Nats Racing Presidents auditions this Presidents Day weekend
Nationals fans know well the mascots who race around the park dressed as U.S. presidents during the fourth inning. Some are tired of the gimmick, while others cheer on poor Teddy in the hopes that he'll triumph one day.
Ever wished you could don the George or Abe suit? Now's your chance. In what has become an annual tradition, the Nats will hold auditions this Presidents Day weekend for candidates who want to compete as Racing Presidents, the blog "Let Teddy Win" reported Friday.
The tryouts are this Saturday, and if previous years are anything to go by, will include a 40-yard dash, a race on the field, a dance and a demonstration of your celebration skills. Tryouts will be held rain or shine. (Last year, the auditions were held in deep, fresh snow.)
Candidates for George, Tom, Abe and Teddy must also:
• Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games
• Be between 5'7″ and 6'6″ in height
• Be able to run approximately 200 yards in 40 seconds
• Be able to wear a costume weighing about 45 lbs for several hours
That last requirement sounds scary. But if you're willing to hack it, e-mail a cover letter, résumé and recent photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "2011 Racing Presidents" in the subject line. If you're lucky, you'll be one of 50 to 60 invited to audition.
If you want to know more about what you'll be getting into, watch the video of last year's audition:
| February 18, 2011; 1:10 PM ET
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