Kentucky Teen Sits Out Race Because She Refuses To Run For The Devil

shutterstock_134256908__1383767754_142.196.156.251A Kentucky teen refused to run a race when officials would not swap out her bib number. The number was 666. We all know 666 is the mark of the beast and she’s not going to be cast to the fiery pits of hell because of a printer error, thank you very much. The devil is in the details.

Runner Codie Thacker was assigned the bib Saturday morning. She had been training for the race since June. From The Raw Story:

“I just don’t believe that 666 should be a number that’s anywhere on your body, and I did not want that number associated with me,” Thacker said. “It kind of made me sick.”

Sorry Codie, but you just aligned yourself with that number way more by doing this – you know, the national media coverage and all. A Kentucky High School Athletics Association representative claims her request to have her number changed wasn’t clear – and the numbers are sent out early enough for runners to request changes.

“We’ve made adjustments to uniform codes and things like that in the past when it’s known that religious reasons are in play,” said spokesman Joe Angolia. “Maybe had that been made more clear to meet officials, they would have made that decision.”

I guess she should have said, “I refuse to be tainted with the mark of the beast. You’re going to have to give that number to someone else.”

I’m not very religious, but I stand behind the teen standing up for what she believes in – even if I think it’s totally crazy. She stood her ground and I like to see teens doing things like that. But frankly, it’s her problem she didn’t raise the objection in time for the number to be assigned to someone else, or ceremoniously burned or whatever. I think she could have used some creativity. She could have drawn three angles using the sixes as bodies, or turned her bib into some crazy bible scripture: Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Too much? Oh, okay.

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    • Mystik Spiral

      Joke’s on her since the TRUE number of the beast is 616.

    • chickadee

      Well, she thinks God would be proud of her. Because God is heavily invested in athletic competitions, as we all know.

      Fundamentalist claptrap, as my husband would say.

      • JLH1986

        I promise not everyone in KY is this…devout. Only like 80%. :)

      • chickadee

        Heh. I live in a similarly ‘devout’ area. These people are not unfamiliar to me, because ’round these parts, God loves him some football.

      • JLH1986

        Basketball. College Basketball. God is a busy guy this time of year with football AND basketball.

      • brebay

        I live in HUSKERville…pity me.

      • chickadee

        o lord. You have all my pity.

    • keelhaulrose

      I wore that number voluntarily for my junior powderpuff football game. I played well enough the football coach asked if I was interested in real football.
      I must have an in with the Debbil or something.

    • Zettai

      I am probably reading too much into it, but can’t help thinking that she used the number and her “beliefs” as an excuse not to compete so she wouldn’t have to deal with the possible disappointment of losing out on the finals for a third time.

    • R

      Did you mean angels?

    • TheGiantPeach

      I just love it when my state makes the national news for something so idiotic. Ok, no I don’t.

    • brebay

      Control freak. If not religion, it would be food…probably is that too. She was looking for an out.