Kentucky cross country runner drops out of regional race due to bib number: 666

It's that time of year when cross country runners across the nation compete in regional races in hopes of punching their tickets to the state meet.

Plenty of Dallas-area teams and individuals qualified for state on Saturday. I was in Grand Prairie to witness the jubilation of those who qualified for the big stage in Round Rock this weekend, and the tears of those who fell just short.

But I sure didn't see anything like this:

Codie Thacker, a junior cross country runner at Whitley County High School in Kentucky, had trained all year for her regional race, but refused to run after receiving her bib number: 666

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," said Thacker in the story posted by Lexington's NBC affiliate, LEX 18.

The report goes on to say Thacker requested a different number, but three different race officials declined. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association later told the news station that they would have provided her with a new race number had known the change was because of religious beliefs.

(h/t to Deadspin)

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