The devil clearly won this event.
A Whitley County student athlete says it would have gone against her religious beliefs to run with the race number ’6-6-6′. She and her coach tried to get her a different number, and were told they could not.
Nerves over the race turned to frustration for Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker because of a different number. It would have been her third time running this race. “I’ve trained since June for this race,” she said.
“I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number,” said Thacker.
A spokesperson with Kentucky High School Athletic Association told LEX 18 it wasn’t brought to their attention that the request was because of religious beliefs, adding that if they knew, they would have changed the number.
Thacker pulled out of the race, refusing to wear the number, saying it made her sick being associated with the number 666. This also means she won’t be able to compete in any other races for the rest of the season.
The girl was pummeled in the comments here. But seriously, this could have been avoided with a number change. Lots of sports people are superstitious. This takes it to an extreme but why fight that fight?
But, down to brass tacks, if a number makes this girl sick, she is going to have a REALLY HARD TIME in life. As others noted, does she skip that page number in a book, does she not dial that in a phone number? This superstition is baseless but people become slaves to it. That’s when devil wins.
This isn’t the last race you’ll be left out of. When you judge modern times by an ancient out-of-date book, you already are way behind.
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