So you want to be a Racing President?

It’s time for the main event - the Geico Presidents Race.

The Nationals are now accepting applicants for Racing Presidents for the 2011 season. Auditions will occur, appropriately enough, over President’s Day Weekend.

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

* Measure between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-6 in height

* Possess the ability to run from center field to home plate (approximately 200 yards) in 40 seconds

* Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours

* Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

If interested, fans can send a resume, cover letter and photo to before Feb.11. Applicants will then be contacted and asked to answer six mascot-related questions.

Final candidates will try out at Nationals Park on Saturday, Feb.19 from 10 a.m-1 p.m. Auditions will include a freestyle dance, a 40-yard dash and two Presidents Races from center field to the home dugout, as well as an interview. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions.

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