Do you want to be the new mascot for Air Force Marathon?

Think you have what it takes to be the Air Force Marathon's new mascot? Here's your chance to go for it.

The Air Force Marathon has created a first-ever mascot for the event called Tailwind: an eagle decked out in running shirt, shorts and sneakers.

They're actively seeking volunteers to perform as the mascot, according to their Facebook page.

We want YOU to be our mascot!

Posted by Air Force Marathon on Monday, August 1, 2016

“It’s super cool,” said Air Force Marathon Director Rob Aguiar. “If you ask me it’s a perfect name for an Air Force-related running event.”

The mascot will join a line-up of more than 15,000 runners around the globe at the starting line at Wright-Patterson for a series of races. The marathon marks its 20th anniversary Sept. 17.

Traditionally, mascots have been “good luck charms” for teams or events, Aguiar said.

“Bringing on a mascot was about bringing on a little more entertainment for our runners, our spectators, our volunteers and we feel that our mascot is going to bring everybody into the event and really provide long-lasting memories.”

Marathon officials are looking for a few good performers before the human-sized eagle makes its debut.

A mascot tryout is set from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6 in the Wright State University Nutter Center’s McLin Gym.

Aguiar said he’s looking for at least a dozen volunteers to take turns in the eagle outfit. Because of the size and weight of the costume, performers must be between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall and physically fit, officials said. Candidates should pre-register at prior to the tryout. Then click on the red “volunteer now” button and select the “mascot auditions pre-registration” link, organizers said.

Would-be performers should be at least 16 years old and those younger than 18 need a parent or legal guardian to sign a waiver, the marathon said.

Rick Perron, marathon marketing coordinator, drew a sketch of the future mascot and chose Tailwind’s name. “The name came to me even before I finished the rough sketch,” he said.

What the new mascot looks like will remain a mystery for now, said Aguiar, who eagerly awaited the arrival of the costumed eagle this week from a New York-based company.

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