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Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade

Manitou Springs celebrates the 23rd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Parade starts at 12:00 pm followed by up to 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 at Best Entourage, Best Coffin, and NEW in 2017: Miss Emma will be crowned, so come dressed to impress!

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 28, 2017
Cost: FREE

PARKING INFORMATION:

NEW in 2017: 2 Shuttle lots (Coronado HS and Rockledge Ranch) will shuttle to/from Manitou every 10-15 minutes.

There are multiple construction zones in Manitou and extremely limited parking available for spectators. Please park at either of these shuttle locations for hassle free parking and quick transit to/from Manitou Springs.

**Racers/teams and volunteers will be provided a parking pass for a lot nearby to check in station in Manitou Springs**

The Resurrection:

The original Coffin Cup, engraved by Bud Ford at the Dulcimer Shop will come out of retirement and will be reintroduced in the 2017 Coffin Races with a race between a traveling Nederland team and our very own Emma racers.

The Coffin Cup has been resurrected! The epic throw-down between Emma Crawford Coffin Racing teams in Manitou Springs and Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO has returned!

The original Coffin Cup, engraved by Bud Ford at the Dulcimer Shop has come out of retirement and will be reintroduced in the 2017 Coffin Races with a race between a traveling Nederland team and our very own Emma racers.

 

Coffin Races helpful links and entry/volunteer forms:

• Enter a team in the race (deadline Oct. 25 @ 5pm, must include $75 entry fee)

• March in the parade (but don’t race, do not submit entry fee)

• 2017 Sponsorship info 

• Volunteer form

 

Know a designer or artist?

Each year the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development 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, 2017 – October 3, 2017 in the chamber office and voted on by visitors to the area and locals.

The winner will be determined on Friday October 7, 2017 at 4pm and notified by phone. The winner will receive 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 jenna@manitouchamber.com or drop off at 354 Manitou Avenue.

 

To our 2017 Sponsors-THANK YOU!!

 

 

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.

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Details

Date:
October 28
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development
Phone:
719-685-5089

Venue

Downtown Manitou Springs
800 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829 United States
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Phone:
719-685-5089
Website:
https://www.manitousprings.org