High school runner refuses to run in race while wearing "666." 

"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.

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," said Thacker.

There's a lot of silliness going on here.

1)The school could have given her a new number and she'd have run. Instead, it blew up into a whole media extravaganza.

2) This is the sort of problem and (bad) publicity Christianity gets when Christians choose a literal interpretation of certain passages of Scripture and form an entire theological mindset from a misinterpretation and misunderstanding of biblical genre. Silliness abounds. 

If I were her, I'd have run with it upside down. 999, for the win.