Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Parade
October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
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Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade
Manitou Springs celebrates the 23rd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade 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!
Where to park:
NEW in 2017: Two free shuttle lots (Coronado HS and Rockledge Ranch) will shuttle to/from Manitou every 15-20 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 after party:
Come for the races, stay for the FREE Coffin Race after party featuring the psych-blues music of Dragondeer! In the Soda Springs park pavilion starting at 4pm
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.
• Enter a team in the race (deadline Oct. 25 @ 5pm, must include $75 entry fee)
• March in the parade (parade only, no entry fee)
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.