A high school student-athlete in Kentucky, who runs cross-country, dropped out a race because she her bib number was ’666.’ Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker and her coach tried to get a different number, but they were unable too. In fact, they were told no three different times.
“It’s the mark of the beast. That’s what the bible says,” said Thacker, via LEX 18. “I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number.”
As soon as her coach opened the packet and saw the number, she knew Thacker wasn’t going to wear it,
“I saw it and I was like, ‘whoa,’” she said. “I don’t think she will wear that number.”
It is disappointing for Thacker, who had prepared for months for this race.
“I’ve trained since June for this race,” Thacker said. “I was so nervous I thought about it all week.”
Had she she won the regional race, she would’ve have qualified for the state championships. It was the last race of the year, so she’ll have to wait until next year. For now, simply not wearing the bib wasn’t enough.
“I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number,” Thacker said.