Teen Forfeits Race Because She Doesn't Want to Risk Her Relationship With God


A teenage cross-country runner in Kentucky recently forfeited her spot in a race to qualify for the regional championships, because her bib number “666” conflicted with her Christian faith.

Codie Thacker, a junior at Whitley County High, claims that she and her coach argued that she should be allowed to switch bib numbers for religious reasons, but weren’t granted the request.

Race officials say that she never claimed that she needed to exchange her bib number for religious reasons, a claim that the outspoken teenager emphatically denies.

She said: 

I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number ... I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number.

Thacker had been training aggressively for this race since last June with her coach Gina Croley, who said she wasn’t surprised at all by her trainee’s decision to forfeit. "I saw it and I was like, 'whoa,'" she said. "I don't think she will wear that number."

Ok, so here we have a high school student that is emphatic enough about her beliefs so that not only does her coach understand her feelings, but also she would give up a race for which she’d been training for months? I’m not buying that she didn’t make her sentiments known to the race officials.

She absolutely should’ve been given a new bib if the one they gave her was offensive to her religion. In this day and age, when kids don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance if it goes against their religion, or they get excused absences for religious holidays (I was always so jealous of the Jewish kids in my class), or any number of other religiously tolerant exemptions are made for students of any particular faith, this girl should’ve been given a new bib.

Should Thacker have been allowed to exchange her bib for another number?

Image via Matthias/Flickr

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Freela Freela

I think it's silly, but I also think they should have just given her another number.  A lot of people have superstitions about numbers that are accommodated (hence no 13th floor in buildings, for instance.)

nonmember avatar Traci

That is messed up. 666 is the mark of the beast .. & I will never take that either. I don't even like my purchases to total $6.66 so I can only imagine what this girl was faced with! I think its hogwash that she wasn't allowed to exchange her number. What if the runner's number is 69? 420? Are those numbers grounds for acceptable change?

mlg1989 mlg1989

Its a number. I am Christian and I dont think it means the ACTUAL number 666 means Satan, I highly doubt my God would punish someone for having a randomize number. As long as you arent praising Satan in the process then Im sure God isnt worried about that number. Maybe thats just me.

lulou lulou

If your relationship with God is soooo shaky, that getting assigned a random number would crush it, perhaps its time to work on the relationship in other ways.

nonmember avatar SickOfHearingIt

Her relationship with God is so fragile that she can't have a random bib number? Great God you have.

AliPa... AliParker

This kid has issues. I agree with lulou. Bible thumpers bug me.

japan... japanmommy

God would punish her for a race number? Wtf kinda god is she worshipping?

nonmember avatar Alisha

I read this story on a different site earlier and wholly agree with her decision. I also think they should have just given her a different number. Why are yall bashing her for loving Jesus and not wanting to desecrate herself with anything related to Satan?

happy... happywife123

I wouldnt wear it either I would just ask for another number. It is the mark of the beast and not one I want to wear in any fashion. If a house had a house number with 666 I wouldn't buy it or live in it either.

Elaine Cox

disagree with her but give her credit for standing up for herself

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