Washington Nationals holding tryouts for `racing presidents'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals are hosting auditions this weekend to find a fan who will become the next "racing president."

Candidates have been invited to the team's Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two presidential races from center field to the home dugout. Applicants will also be asked a series of questions.

The racing candidates are looking to fill the roles of the 12-foot-tall mascots depicting George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

The candidates were pre-selected from a pool of applicants who submitted cover letters and resumes. The tryouts are by invitation only and are not open to the public.

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