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29th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races take over Manitou Springs

Posted at 4:20 PM, Oct 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-31 11:15:59-04

MANITOU SPRINGS — As October draws to a close, thousands have once again answered the call to compete and observe the infamous Manitou Springs tradition of racing coffins through the town's main street.

The Emma Crawford Coffin Races always draws thousands of spirit-chasing spectators and coffin-wielding (and cleverly costumed) competitors to attempt the challenge of sprinting the nearly 200-yard course with a coffin and its occupant in tow.

The day-long, and town-wide event is a festive remembrance of Emma L. Crawford, a 19th-century, Manitou Springs local whose coffin washed away several years after her burial.

Local lore says that her spirit still haunts the mountain she was buried on to this day.

This year's fastest time was taken by Manitou's Border Burger Bar under the team name of "Witches Brew," they ran the course in 27.4 seconds.

For more Emma Crawford Coffin Racing spectacle, check out our stories from previous years.

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