Wednesday, November 6, 2013

High school cross country runner drops out of race due to bib number

A high school cross country runner in the state of Kentucky opted to drop out of this past weekend's regionals race after receiving the bib number 666.

Codie Thacker cited religious beliefs as her reasoning behind not racing with the number.

"It's the mark of the beast. That's what the bible says," said Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker upon seeing the randomly selected number assigned to her.

Although Thacker allegedly asked three separate race officials for a new number, she was turned down each time, and decided to miss the chance at qualifying for state rather than "risk her relationship with God."

The KHSAA claims they would have given Thacker a new number had they known it was because of religious beliefs. However, Thacker says she made that point especially clear, so it sounds like the KHSAA is just trying to cover their behinds.

Via Deadspin

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