A high school student from Kentucky recently passed up an opportunity to participate in the regional cross country championships after she was assigned 666 as her bib number, the Christian News website reports today (November 7, 2013).
Junior Codie Thacker attends Whitley County High School in Williamsburg. She states that she has prepared since June to participate in the regional championships, but laid it all down when faced with the choice of keeping her number or honoring God.
Her coach, Gina Croley, told reporters that when she discovered that the number 666 had been assigned to Thacker, she knew that Thacker wouldn't wear it. Croley was right. "It's the mark of the beast; that's what the Bible says," Thacker told television station WLEX-TV, referring to the citation in Revelation 13:18.
Croley thought the situation could be rectified quickly simply by assigning another number to Thacker. However, when both Croley and Thacker approached officials in hopes of obtaining a new bib number, they were denied. After failed attempts to have the number changed via three separate officials, Thacker decided to drop out of the race.