Runner pulls out of regional championships rather than run with bib number ’666′

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In one of the strangest cases of purported religious beliefs intersecting with athletic performance, a Kentucky junior cross country runner voluntarily walked away from a chance to qualify for the state meet to avoid running with the bib number "666", which she said conflicted with her Christian beliefs.

As reported in depth by Lexington NBC affiliate LEX18, Whitley County High (Whitley County, Ky.) cross country runner Codie Thacker voluntarily forfeited her spot in a regional championship race after her coach drew bib No. 666 for the runner. Thacker and her coach argued that she should be allowed to switch her number, but race officials refused the request.

Those officials would later deny that Thacker claimed she needed to change bib numbers for religious reasons, though the junior insists she was explicit about her motivation. To her, running with the number 666 on her chest would have signified a serious breach in her faith.

Written By: Cameron Smith
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57 COMMENTS

  1. Read this the other day and it was not surprising that this young lady was so indoctrinated that she did something this silly. Her parents should be ashamed of themselves along with her pastor, but I doubt that they are any such thing.

    Another example to trot out when needing examples of why religion poisons everything.

  2. Personally, I think this number should not been used on a bib. Religion aside, the race sponsors should have just pitched the bib. It is common knowledge that religious and even non-religious view this as a devil number. Some take 666 seriously, while most think of the Exorcist or popular media. If 666 showed up, I’d laugh like it’s a joke. The problem is that people would see the runner with the number and it could end up being a distraction.

    • In reply to #2 by QuestioningKat:

      It is common knowledge that religious and even non-religious view this as a devil number.

      Exactly how common does a superstition have to be before the number gets thrown out?
      My father was superstitious about the number 18.
      He was 18 when he was in a near fatal car accident that crippled him on the 18th if the month. His Brother and mother both died on the 18th.

      Sometimes he would just stay home on the 18th.

  3. I wonder what she does when she takes her 666th breath of the day, or takes her 666th step outside her front door, or makes her 666th trip to the fast-food joint in her neighborhood (assuming she goes to one or that there is one), or makes her 666th friend on FB, or [insert your pick of anything with the number 666 attached to it]? Does she skip that thing/person/event/action, too?

    What if she had won 666,000,000 on the lottery?

    “Errrm, I’ll take 665, if that’s OK.”

    Or…

    “Well, 666 million is, technically, not the same as 666, so…”

    Surely the number of actions, events and interactions that the average person going about his/her daily business is involved in and that coincide with the number 666 must be so great that it would be debilitating, if not dangerous to ones health, to try and keep count of, let alone try and avoid, them all?

    If it’s impossible to avoid them all or keep count of them, wouldn’t people who believe that 666 is the Number of the Beast and should be avoided on pain of eternal damnation be heading for that warm place anyway?

  4. Kind of stupid as in the bible the actual number is 616. So if she was actually as devout as she said she was and had read the passage properly then she wouldn’t have been so offended

  5. I notice computer programs routinely avoid version 13. They do this as a sop to their superstitious customers. This custom just reinforces that there is indeed some magic power in 13.

    So lets make a law. No 666, no 13, anywhere to spare such indignity. No 666 licence plates, even on vanity plates. Oddometers must skip these numbers. There must be no page 13 or 666 in books or newspapers. It must not appear as a house number. It must not appear in a “distance to” sign. The digits must be excised from pi whenever they occur. They must not appear in lottery winning numbers. Keyboards should be modified to avoid typing them. No size 13 shoes or size 13 dresses.

    But the truth is God obviously marked this woman as possessed by the devil by assigning her that bib. She wickedly tried to hide her shame. In God’s time she would have been burned as a witch.

    • In reply to #9 by Roedy:

      I notice computer programs routinely avoid version 13. They do this as a sop to their superstitious customers. This custom just reinforces that there is indeed some magic power in 13.

      So lets make a law. No 666, no 13, anywhere to spare such indignity. No 666 licence plates, even on vanity plate…
      Isn’t it the number 4 that is unlucky in Chinese societies?
      Just think,if we took all superstitions seriously we could eliminate all the numbers from 1-9(probably),leaving only god-friendly 0 for all mathematics.That would be a fun world to live in.

      • In reply to #41 by Sensitive Outsider:

        Isn’t it the number 4 that is considered unlucky in Chinese societies [...] if we took all superstitions seriously

        That’s the thing, is it just u.s. people who take their “unlucky numbers” so literally?

  6. I have 666 on my number plate, it’s never caused a distraction but i do get lots of strange looks and quite often random people will say “oh i couldn’t have that on my car” – silly humans.

  7. Is this what they call a Beelzebib?

    I wonder what she thought wearing the number would cause? Would the Devil tempt her by helping her win? And would God make her lose to test her faith? Sigh…I’m really, really trying to understand what goes on in believers’ heads, but I will probably never figure it out.

    • In reply to #15 by HellFireFuel:

      Who got number 13?

      I used to play outside centre for my rugby team, so I wore 13 on my back every match I played. Got it on my kit bag and everything.

      Of course, I’m not superstitious, and I actually liked wearing the 13 shirt because the No. 12 shirt (the other alternative for a centre) was ordered for our team captain who was a…bigger bloke than me, so was horrendously baggy.

      By the way, anyone know the biblical context in which the number (666 or 616, or 665, whatever) appears, what the significance is?

      • In reply to #23 by bob_e_s:

        In reply to #15 by HellFireFuel:

        By the way, anyone know the biblical context in which the number (666 or 616, or 665, whatever) appears, what the significance is?

        It’s the Number of the Beast in the Book of Revelations.

        It’s also the AM frequency our national radio broadcaster the ABC appears on in the national capital of Canberra. I’m sure there are some nutters in the Australian bush who think that means something.

        Michael

  8. I was on a plane a few years back when a woman took her seat in 13C. A couple of minutes later a man came along and pointed out that she was in 14C, so she got up quite embarrassed, apologised profusely and went to the row in front and told the man there that he was in the wrong seat. He pointed out that he was in the correct seat 12C.

    She then realised there was no row 13.

    It didn’t give me much confidence in the airline that they believe in superstitious claptrap.

    • Muttley,
      I was at a hotel that had no 13th floor. I casually pointed out (loudly) at the pool bar that there still was a floor that was 13 stories above the ground only now it was labelled the 14th floor. I do not know if it caused a stink but it was still fun.

      In reply to #19 by muttley:

      I was on a plane a few years back when a woman took her seat in 13C. A couple of minutes later a man came along and pointed out that she was in 14C, so she got up quite embarrassed, apologised profusely and went to the row in front and told the man there that he was in the wrong seat. He pointed out…

    • In reply to #20 by CliveHill:

      Yes, it was pretty stupid of her, but would it really have been so hard to humour her for the sake of being nice?

      No, it would have been far easier and a lot less nice overall to condescendingly pander to her delusions.

  9. I am just wondering WHO in Kentucky stood against her? I know it says “race officials” but damn, someone saying “this is silly superstition, out the damn number on…. sound like New York or Philly, but Kentucky???? Wow.

    Growing up, the last 4 digits on my phone number were 9-666. I do not know if it kept nits from calling me (didn’t seem to, enough nuts did call)….

    • In reply to #25 by crookedshoes:

      What if she accepted the number and then ran the best race of her life?????

      Or, for the sake of argument, what if she fell – would she say “I told you 666 was bad”, and folks might exclaim “’tis true, the devil appears!” On and on it goes…

      • In reply to #28 by bluebird:

        In reply to #25 by crookedshoes:

        Maybe 13 & 666 should not be available, just to nip any aversions in the bud.

        Or maybe people should stop being so fucking childish.

        I thought it was generally accepted that the number, and indeed a lot of Revelations, is part of a political dig at the Emperor Nero, and isn’t meant as prophecy at all?

        • I do not know why the statement you have chosen to emphasize has been attributed to me. I never said (nor would I say) what has been erroneously credited to me.

          After all, I teach biology and today (coincidentally) I am showing the kids the equation for photosynthesis and how to balance it. The coefficients are 6-6-6. Also when we do the same exercise for cell respiration the coefficients will be 6-6-6. I tell the kids that 666 is the best number for these reasons!!!!

          In reply to #29 by bob_e_s:

          In reply to #28 by bluebird:

          In reply to #25 by crookedshoes:

          Maybe 13 & 666 should not be available, just to nip any aversions in the bud.

          Or maybe people should stop being so fucking childish.

          I thought it was generally accepted that the number, and indeed a lot of Revelations, is part of a po…

          • In reply to #31 by crookedshoes:

            Apologies, my comment was in reply to bluebird, who posted in reply to you.

            My meaning was that superstitions about numbers are childish and shouldn’t be indulged. Not that bluebird or you or anyone else was fucking childish.

          • I didn’t take it as an insult, but rather a glitch in the computer system.

            I happen to agree with you and was just on wikipedia looking at the link provided by mmurray in post #26. It is even more confused and childish than I originally suspected and surprise surprise, every one gets to decide whether it is “real” or not. or whether it is 666 or 616, or if it is due to early christians refusal to carry certain coinage, or or or or or or or… Typical fuzzy horseshit brought to you all complements of the original fuzzy-thought producing book!!!

            Cut to a cheesy tv commercial:

            Hey civilization!!!! You’re welcome! Yes folks, this is “god’s gift” to humanity. An indecipherable, nondescript book that people can and do interpret, most interpret it while DENYING that they are interpreting it…. Then they murder one another over the different interpretations (because none of them are interpreting it, in their own opinions). As if that isn’t enough, this is the gift that keeps on giving (like a herpes infection). They can even use it to oppress and murder people who have nothing to do with the argument; people that couldn’t care less if the “witching number” is 666 or 616 or or or or or……

            Cut to me arms folded and angry:

            Thanks god (big thumbs up and half smile with a wink), you could not have done a more INTELLIGENT job DESIGNING a book!!! And yet these assholes think you cold have designed life and the universe? I wouldn’t let you manage a petting zoo; I’d hire a stoned zit faced teenager (oh yeah, thanks a whole whole lot for acne — as if teenage years couldn’t be more agonizing) before letting you fuck up what should be a relatively straight forward thing.

            In reply to #33 by bob_e_s:

            In reply to #31 by crookedshoes:

            Apologies, my comment was in reply to bluebird, who posted in reply to you.

            My meaning was that superstitions about numbers are childish and shouldn’t be indulged. Not that bluebird or you or anyone else was fucking childish.

          • In reply to #38 by crookedshoes:

            I didn’t take it as an insult, but rather a glitch in the computer system.

            The big giveaway for me was that the wiki page mentions that EVEN the Catholic church acknowledges that the passage and the number refer to Nero.

            I do like the Iron Maiden song Number of the Beast though. So some good has come of it.

  10. Clarification – @29 was a response to my edited post. My bad.

    I submit that 13 & 666 be removed whenever possible, given its negative connotation in the u.s. e.g. an older male employee in Missouri has been nagging his company to remove numbers “666′ from his ID. Indulging, yes, but how to put the genie back in the bottle?

    If she fell, she’d probably attribute it to the “curse” (confirmation bias?), not realizing her nerves via wearing 666 was the cause.

    • In reply to #42 by A3Kr0n:

      Good for her and sticking up for what she believes in, even though she’s daffy for believing it in the first place.

      Perhaps it’s the wearing of the number. I’m guessing her mindset is similar to a Louisiana mom who protested her kid’s school implementing a scanner system for cafeteria lunch line. Mark of the Beast!.


      /Sam Neil was hot in ‘The Omen’, pun intended.

  11. It’s a well known fact that Nancy Reagan had the address of her house in Bel Air changed from 666 to 667 (former Presidents have the clout to do that), making it the only residence in Los Angeles with an odd number on the east side of the street.

    As for the girl running the race, I would have worn that thing and donned an Osama Bin Laden mask to complete the ensemble. And that, folks, is how you create an instant YouTube sensation.

  12. People add significance to anything….. even this superstitious numerology – they’re easily sucked in……man invented maths, man invented god and devils man also invented numerology ?? …..man is a nutter….but thankfully man has evolved….

  13. In some cultures the number four is also considered unlucky as the word also means ‘death’. We can end up with the ridiculous situation with a building having no 13th floor and no unit 4. If said building was #666 I hate to think!!

  14. I once made a purchase in a small convenience store that totalled $6.66 and the clerk in all seriousness asked if I’d like to add some small candies to my purchase so as to make the total something else. I laughed and said I thought 666 was a wonderful number than told her that my name consisted of six letter words.

    She thought the whole thing was in fact silly but she apparetntly had so many people react to that price that she automatically suggested an additional purchase in order to calm the superstitious

    Of course it could be that the store set prices on a few common items just to make them add up to $6.66 after taxes…

  15. There is nothing epistemologically analytical about the number 666 or any other number for that matter. Nothing in the mere presentation of it would permit us to logically extract any meaning from it or know how the number was derived. Any knowledge about this number has to be synthetic i.e. concocted between the ears of the observer. So she is being scared by her own thinking. Very Sad.

  16. I suppose if she ran the London marathon and flaked out – draped upside-down over a parking meter or barrier, it could remind any Americans of the number to ring for an ambulance!

  17. As a keen runner, I have done 6 marathons now… In one of them, I got the number 616, however had it been 666, I would have dressed in red and black, put on horns, grown a goatee and carried a plastic trident! Just call me DiDi DeepFritz!

    Part of the fun is the people who dress up for fun-runs. If there was an equivalent “Number of the Lord” I’d consider dressing that way too ;)

    Then again, how greedy of the religious to discriminate against 1 particular number and keep the rest to themselves…

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