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The Nats are looking for a few good presidents

Sunday - 2/5/2012, 1:47pm  ET

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The Racing Presidents, made up of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, have a passionate following and draw cheers like a two-run double. (File Photo)

Andrew Mollenbeck, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The peaceful transfer of power is an enduring characteristic of the American Presidency. The next chapter begins this week -- sort of.

The Washington Nationals are looking for would-be "presidents" to don the 45-pound costumes and run from center field to home plate during home games.

The Racing Presidents, made up of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, have a passionate following and draw cheers like a two-run double.

Much of the curiosity has centered on "Teddy's" losing streak and the question if he can ever win a race.

The next step in that process unfolds this week as the Nationals accept applications to become a Racing President.

Candidates have until Friday, Feb. 10 to submit their cover letter, resume and photo to entertainment@nationals.com

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Measure between 5'7'' and 6'6'' in height
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
  • Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Those who make it past the initial application process will be invited to Nationals Park Saturday, Feb. 18.

The presidential hopefuls will be tested in a 40-yard dash and Presidents Races.

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