Runner Wins 3rd Place, Gets Instantly Demoted to 226th for Bible Verse
John Green was the third runner to cross the finish line out of 226 runners at the Class AAAAAA Georgia state championship foot race.
But after collapsing from his exhaustive effort, he learned that he officially placed last, after Georgia High School Association race officials disqualified him because of his controversial headband.
His headband read “Isaiah 40:30-31” in black marker, but was turned inside out when race officials had told him at the start of the race to do so in order to avoid a uniform violation.
The Forsyth County News reported that Green had worn the same headband last year but was not disqualified.
A reporter from the same newspaper asked race officials for clarification on the rules, and was told that, “Beanies, toboggans, and ear covers” are allowed but must be a solid color and include only one “logo” on them. The reporter was puzzled because there were dozens of other runners wearing headbands, some with bible verses written on them.
The official rules also do not cover or mention headbands at all.