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Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

Codie Tracker, Kentucky high school runner withdraws from state competition after drawing number ‘666’

Described as a “one of the strangest cases of purported religious beliefs intersecting with athletic performance” a high school student in Kentucky pulled out of the state cross country competition after running to wear the number 666.

video screenshot from Yahoo coverage

video screenshot from Yahoo coverage

Codie Tracker, a junior at Whitley County High School, drew the number randomly but was refused the opportunity to change due to her religious beliefs – the number is the mark of the beast from the Book of Revelation.

“I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number,” Thacker told LEX18. “I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number.”

Tracker says she trained since June for the opportunity to make state competition, but didn’t even balk at withdrawing after seeing her number.

“I saw it and I was like, ‘whoa,'” her coach Gina Croley said. “I don’t think she will wear that number.”

Croley and Thacker both tried to acquire another number for the race, but they were told by three separate officials that couldn’t happen, Lex18.com reports.

A spokesperson for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association told the station that Thacker’s request would have been granted if they knew the request was due to her religious beliefs. Thacker, however, has no remaining races on her schedule this year.

Photo screenshot Yahoo video coverage HERE 

 

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