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It’s an election year and the Nationals are ramping up their award-winning Presidential Race.

The Presidential Race is BACK!  Makes sense in an election year, but the Nationals have ramped up their Race with a bit more storylines and characters.

Here a fully costumed CHERRY TREE seeks revenge on Ol’ George and attacks him with an axe to help Teddy Win.  While it sounds historically violent, the cartoonish characters pull it all off.

The Presidents Race is a popular in-game entertainment feature that takes place during the middle of the fourth inning at Washington Nationals home games. It features costumed mascots representing former United States Presidents racing around the field.

The tradition began in 2006 when the Nationals moved to Washington, D.C., from Montreal, where they were known as the Expos. Initially, the race featured oversized caricatured heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

It started with an on-going storyline with Theodore Roosevelt never winning a race. This led to a fan campaign called “Let Teddy Win,” advocating for his victory. Finally, on October 3, 2012, during the final game of the 2012 regular season, Theodore Roosevelt won his first race. It was part of the Nationals’ “Racing Presidents Reenact 2012” campaign, commemorating significant moments in U.S. history.

Since then, the Presidents Race has become a beloved tradition at Nationals Park, with various promotions, themed races, and even special guests participating in the races. While the original four presidents have remained the primary competitors, there have been occasional additions, such as William Howard Taft and Calvin Coolidge, to mix things up.

The Race adds a fun and entertaining element to Nationals games, engaging fans of all ages in a lighthearted competition between some of America’s most iconic historical figures.

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