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Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

Manitou Springs celebrates the 22nd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The Parade starts at 12:00 pm followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory! Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin.

Alice in Wonderland team races down Manitou Avenue A view from finish line










Event Details:

Location: 800 Manitou Avenue (downtown Manitou Springs)
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Date: October 29, 2016
Cost: FREE

Who was Emma Crawford:

Emma Crawford, a young woman seeking  the mineral springs “cure” from tuberculosis came to Manitou Springs in the 1800’s. Sadly, Emma passed away in 1890. Before passing, Emma asked her fiance to bury her on top of Red Mountain. Her wish was honored, and her remains rested peacefully atop the mountain until 1912. During the early 1900’s, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company began building an incline to the mountain top, forcing her coffin to be moved. She was reburied on the south slope of the mountain. After several years of rain and harsh weather conditions, Emma’s remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below, where two young boys found her name plate and the silver handles from her casket.

Manitou Springs, in honor of Emma Crawford, celebrates the fun and crazy event of the Emma Crawford Coffin Races annually as a part of our history to be shared with all.

Know a designer or artist?

Each year the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Developement looks for that skilled designer or artist to design the Emma Crawford Coffin T-shirt logo for the year. Designs are posted for 2 weeks starting September 19, 2016 – October 3, 2016 in the chamber office and voted on by visitors to the area and locals.

The winner will be determined on Friday October 7, 2016 at 4pm and notified by phone. The winner will recieve their very own Coffin Race T-shirt, $50 in Manitou Money and recognition the day of the races.

To submit a design please send to brittany@manitouchamber.com or drop off at 354 Manitou Avenue.

Interested in racing or parading?

Registration forms and fee must be received by Friday, October 25, 2016 at 5pm in order to secure your team’s spot in this year’s coffin races. If you are entering as a parade participant, please fill out the application so we know you will be attending. There is no fee for participating in the the parade.

All event applications that have been filled out can be emailed to either or any of the following staff: leslielewis@manitouchamber.com or brittany@manitouchamber.com.

2016 Coffin Race Application

2016 Sponsors

Manitou brewing Company

MBC is the only brewery in historic Manitou Springs! This local brewery offers a wide variety of beer styles brewed on location and also craft beer from our favorite breweries around the world. MBC offers a few flagship brews year round, and the tap selection varies from week to week.



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Border Burger Bar

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Manitou Springs Real Estate

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Avenue Hotel

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October 29
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development


Downtown Manitou Springs
800 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829 United States
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