Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?
The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.
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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.
So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.
Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.
George, Abe and Tom getting down.... during the Nationals Racing Presidents dance part of the tryouts held today. Tom Davis with Nats says this is the 12th year for the tryouts and 58 people showed up to try out including 8 women. @WTOP pic.twitter.com/v1AK5DlDSa— Kathy Stewart (@KStewartWTOP) January 14, 2018
Ever wondered what it takes to be a @Nationals Racing President? Tryouts took place today - candidates had to do a 40-yard dash, race each other, and bust out some dance moves @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/U5wKF8hgkM— Aimee Cho (@AimeeCho4) January 14, 2018