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Running with the Devil?

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(WLEX) - A Kentucky student athlete says it would have gone against her religious beliefs to run with the race number 666.

She and her coach tried to get her a different number, and were told they could not.

"I've trained since June for this race," Codie Thacker said.

If she won the regional, it would have been her first time competing for the state championship.

Cross country coach Gina Croley knows her students, so when she pulled the number assigned to Thacker, she knew there might be a problem.

"I saw it and I was like, 'Whoa,'" she said. "I don't think she will wear that number."

"666" is, according the the Bible, the mark of the beast. Thacker couldn't bring herself to run while wearing "666" because of her faith. So, she and her coach tried to get a different number. They asked three different officials. They were told no three different times.

For those who know Thacker, it's easy to believe what happened next. "I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number," she said.

There won't be any more races for Thacker this season. She's now focused on next year, ready to keep running without running away from her beliefs.

Read more at WLEX's website.

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