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Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

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

Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade in downtown Manitou Springs on October 29, 2016 will begin with 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory! Each team consists of 1 Emma and 4 runners dressed up in costume. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. The Parade starts at 12:00pm with the races to follow immediately after.

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Who was Emma Crawford? Emma Crawford was a young woman who came to Manitou Springs in the late 1800’s seeking to be healed of tuberculosis by taking the “cure” from Manitou’s healing mineral springs.  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 until 1912. At that time,  the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company decided to build 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.

Event Details:

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

2016 Sponsors

Manitou brewing Company










Pikes Peak - America's Mountain










Border Burger Bar







Manitou Springs Real Estate







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October 29
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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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